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Boise Idaho is a wonderful place to live and has been consistently recognized as one of the best cities in America for its low cost of living, employment, and recreation.  Here are some of Boise's most recent accolades:

Urban Adventure: Where to Find The Outdoors In Town (Boise #5) Marmot, September 2017

Top 10 Best State Capitals to Live In 2017, September 2017

3 Up-and-Coming Culinary Destinations to Visit in the West U.S. News, August 2017

#1 Top Performing Economy (Idaho) Bloomberg, August 2017

Best Run City in America (Nampa #1, Boise #3) WalletHub, July 2017

Top 10 Cheapest States To Live In 2017 
CNBC, July 2017

Best Rocky Mountain Secret, Top 25 Best Towns Ever Outside Magazine, June 2017

8 American Cities You Should Visit Before They're Too Popular Thrillist, May 2017

Top 20 Best Cities for Young Professionals Forbes, May 2017

North America's Coolest Downtowns Expedia, April 2017

#4 Best Places to Retire in 2017 Forbes, April 2017

11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017 Kiplinger, April 2017

Under-Appreciated American Cities You Should Totally Move To Thrillist, February 2017 

Boise, 2017's 2nd Best Capitol to Live In WalletHub, February 2017

Top 10 Safest Driving Cities During Wet Weather Allstate, February 2017

#12 Best Places to Live U.S. News & World Report, February 2017

#3 Popular U.S. Growth Cities U-Haul, February 2017 

Meridian #1 City for New Home Sales Curbed, January 2017

Vogue Ranks Idaho in Top 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017 Vogue Magazine, January 2017

Top 25 Best Performing Cities 
Milken Institute, December 2016

Meridian #2 Best City to Live In 
24/7 Wall St., October 2016

#4 Best Midzise Real Estate Market 
WalletHub, August 2016

#3 Best Midsize City for First-Time Home Buyers 
WalletHub, July 2016

Top 10 City for Active Families 
Outside Magazine, July 2016

Idaho Ranked #1 in Job Love 
Monster & Brandwatch, July 2016

#8 Best City for Recreation 
WalletHub, July 2016

#5 Best Drivers in Country 
AllState, July 2016

#4 Best State to Practice Medicine  
Medscape, June 2016

Idaho Ranked the Hottest Job Market 
Kipplinger, June 2016

Top 10 Best Cities for Summer Jobs 
WalletHub, May 2016

Top 10 Best Wine Region in America 
Sommeliers, May 2016

#1 Lowest Cost Metro in Pacific U.S. 
KPMG Competitive Alternatives, April 2016 

Top 10 Best Air Quality, April 2016 

#6 Best Place to Live  U.S. News & World Report, March 2016

#3 Best Cities for Jobs this Spring 
Business Insiders, March 2016

Top 20 Americas Fastest Growing Cities 
Forbes, March 2016

Top 10 Best Places to Live 2016 - "The Revamped Rocky Mountain City" 
Men's Journal, March 2016 

#6 Best Downtown Livability, March 2016 

Top 10 Best Capital City WalletHub, February 2016 

Top 5 Places for Millennial Startups, February 2016 

Top 10 Hottest Housing Markets of 2016 Zillow, January 2016  

Top States for Job Growth - #6 Forbes, January 2016 

#1 Most Caring City in America WalletHub, December 2015  

#2 State for Volunteerism Corporation for National & Community Service, December 2015 

#2 Most Artistic Mid-Sized City in America gogobot, November 2015 

Meridian #1 Best City To Live In USA Today, November 2015

Top 20 Greenest Cities in America WalletHub, October 2015 

Top 10 Best Towns for College Football Time Magazine, September 2015

#2 Best City for Millennial Entrepreneurs via FastCompany, September 2015  

Top 100 Best Places to Live Livability, September 2015

#1 Best Corn Maze to Visit for Family Fun - Meridian, ID USA Today, September 2015

#3 State with Fastest Job Growth in 2015 Kiplinger via MSN Money, July 2015 

The Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs (Boise #7) via FastCompany, July 2015 

#2 Top Up-And-Coming Cities for Recent College Grads Forbes, June 2015

#5 Best City for Freelancers Forbes via a Nerdwallet Study, June 2015  

#1 State for Job Growth, May 2015 

Top 15 Fastest Growing Cities, Meridian, #9 Yahoo Homes, May 2015  

#2 Best City to Move to in 2015 SML, March 2015 

#1 City "Where the Jobs Will Be This Spring" Forbes, March 2015  

#4 Best Place to Save Money Forbes, February 2015  

#4 Best Travel-Worthy State Capital USA Today, January 2015 

Top 10 Best Brunch Spots in America (The Fork, Boise) Mens Journal, January 2015 

#11, The 35 Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under Vocativ, December 2014  

#3 Most Charitable State WalletHub, December 2014

Best Under-The-Radar Destinations of 2015 
Huffington Post, November 2014

Top 10 Best Museums for Kids - Discovery Center: Boise, ID MSN, November 2014 

#1 Best College Football Field USA Today, October 2014

Top 10 Happiest States 
WalletHub, September 2014 

#5 "Most Fair State Tax Systems" (Idaho) WalletHub, September 2014 

Top 10 Best Places to Live, September 2014 

Top 10 Best "Big Cities for Active Families" Outside Magazine, 2014

Top 10 Places You Should "Dare to Go" on Your Global Adventure 
CNN, May 2014 

#1 Best "Under the Radar Tech Hub" Sparefoot, May 2014

#1 Best City for Kids, May 2014 

#7 Best City in America - "Livability" AreaVibes, May  2014  

Fourth-Highest Percentage of Residents Who Bike to Work  U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 

#7 Best Place to Raise a Family Forbes, April 2014 

#1 Lowest Cost of Doing Business in the Pacific U.S. KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2014 

#1 Region "Getting it Right" TIME Magazine, March 17, 2014 

#10 Best Place to Invest in Housing 2014 Forbes, February 2014 

Top 24 Best Places to Live & Work 2014 Sunset Magazine, February 2014 

Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014 Forbes, January 2014 

#12 in Top 100 Places to Live 2014, October 2013 

#12 Healthiest State, December 2013

#9 Best State for Expected Job Growth 
Forbes, September 2013

#4 Best State for Entrepreneurs 
Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2013 

#2 Safest Driving City in America Allstate Insurance Company, August 2013

#7 Safest Cities in America (Boise) Business Insider, August 2013

#10 Best State for Business CNBC, July 2013 

#1 Most Eye Healthy City VSP Vision Care, June 2013 

#2 "America's Top 10 Wine Destinations" Redbook Magazine, June 2013

#7 Most Entrepreneurial State CNN MoneyJune 2013

#3 Best U.S. City to Raise a Family (Boise), May 2013

#3 Best Flyfishing College (Boise State) Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, May 2013 

Top 50 cities for Business Growth MarketWatch, April 2013

#5 "Five States Experiencing the Most Enjoyment" Gallup Wellbeing, April 2013

A+ Ranking for Overall Friendliness Thumbtack (& Kauffman Foundation), April 2013 

#9 Spring Break Destinations for Families, 2013, March 2013

#3 Metro Market Leading the Housing Recovery Forbes, February 2013 

#4 Healthiest City for Women Women's Health Magazine, December 2012 

#1 Best City for Men Men's Health Magazine, December 2012 

#4 Best Downtown in America, October 2012 

#6 Most Inventive State

#3 Best River Town in America Outside Magazine, September 2012 

#5 Five States Experiencing the Most Enjoyment Gallup Wellbeing, April 2013

#9 Spring Break Destinations for Families, 2013, March 2013

#3 Metro Market Leading the Housing Recovery Forbes, February 2013 

#4 Healthiest City for Women Women's Health Magazine, December 2012  

#1 Best City for Men Men's Health Magazine, December 2012 

#4 Best Downtown in America, October 2012 

#6 Most Inventive State CNN Money, October 2012 

#3 Best River Town in America Outside Magazine, September 2012 

Family-friendly environment: Forbes, April 2012

Outside Magazine, 2010 Best Town in the Western U.S.:

#6 America's Hottest Music Cities The Atlantic, March 2012

"Fittest Towns of the West" Sunset, February 2012

#5 Healthiest Cities Women's Health/Men's Health, January 2012 

#2 Five Safest Cities for Driving in America Allstate Insurance Co., September 2011

#9 Top Entrepreneurship & Innovation U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011

#8, 10 Best Places to live in the U.S. CBS Market Watch, August 2011

#7 Long-Term Job Growth Rate U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011

#5 Best Performing Medium Metro, Summer 2011 Headlight-LLC, October 2011

#10 Best Places to Find A Job The Fiscal Times, November 2011 

#1 Best Adventure Town Outside Magazine, August 2010

Top 10 Forbes Magazine's Best Places for Business and Careers

2nd Best Place to Raise A Family Forbes, 2012

#2 Top Growth Towns for Families U-Haul International, Inc., February 2011

#5, America's 15 Most Active Cities Time Healthland, February 2011

3rd Best Place to Retire CNNMoney, 2011

4th Best City to Live, Work and Play Kiplinger Personal Finance, May 2008

100 Best Communities for Young People America's Promise Alliance, January 2008

Top Spot for Women to Start a New Career More Magazine, September 2007

Best City for Mid-Level Professionals, May 2007

No. 10 of 375 Best Places to Live Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition, May 2007

No. 3 Best Place for Business and Careers Forbes Magazine, April 2007

No. 6 of 72 Major Cities for Environmental Quality Earth Day Network, February 2007

6th Best City for Environmental Quality Earth Day Network, February 2007

Tree City USA and Growth Award The National Arbor Day Foundation, February 2007

Most Secure Place to Live in the United States Among Large Metropolitan Areas Farmers Insurance Group, December 2006

A Top Retirement Spot Where to Retire magazine, September 2006

No. 8 Best Place to Live Money Magazine, July 2006

Boise Idaho Population

The 2017 Boise population estimate was 228,930.  When combined with the surrounding communities of Ada & Canyon counties (Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, etc.) the total population is around 669,830.


Boise Population Growth

  1990 1995 2000 2005 2017
Boise, ID 125,738 155,443 185,787 208,219 228,930



Boise Idaho Real Estate

Not all neighborhoods in Boise are homogeneous- each has its own character and amenities.  Whether someone is looking for a historic home in the "North End", a view home on the "Boise Bench" rim, or a new home in NW Boise- there's likely something for everyone.  The following is a brief description and generalization of the various neighborhoods in Boise.  Download the Boise Neighborhood Map to see where the boundaries are.

N Boise. North Boise (or the "North End") has some of the most desirable real estate because of its proximity to downtown, the foothills, mature landscaping, and the unique character of the historic homes.  North Boise is the location of the first residential developments that began in the 1870s but also has some newer neighborhoods in the foothills.  Some of the most notable areas in the North End are Harrison Blvd, Hyde Park, and Camels Back Park.  Real estate prices in the North End usually have a higher price per/SF than other areas around Boise.  Home prices generally range from around $200,000 to $800,000.

NE Boise. This is another very popular area in Boise for the same reasons of character, history, and proximity to downtown.  As you go 10-15 minutes East of downtown there are newer neighborhoods in NE Boise such as Harris Ranch, River Heights,  and El Paseo.  Notable areas in NE Boise are Warm Spring Ave, Idaho Botanical Gardens, and the Boise Green Belt.   Home prices generally range from $250,000 to $1,000,000.

SE Boise. South East Boise has both modest and upscale neighborhoods.  The more modest homes can be found close to Boise State University while many upscale homes are in developments nestled along the Boise River.  This area generally offers more purchasing power than in N and NE Boise but still many of the conveniences of living close to town.  Home prices generally range from $170,000 to $600,000.

Boise Bench. The "Bench" is an area south of Boise and is very diverse in both the age and quality of housing.  The most desirable areas on the Boise Bench are homes that overlook downtown Boise, the foothills, and Boise city parks.  Real estate prices here are generally between $100,000 to $300,000.

S Boise. If you're looking for purchasing power in the Boise the area, South Boise will give you a lot of options.  Located South of I-84, these neighborhoods are 15 to 20 minutes away from downtown Boise.  South Boise has many newer developments with prices ranging from $150,000 to $400,000.

W Boise. West Boise was largely developed in the 1970s and 1980s.  Homes in this area will give you more purchasing power than areas closer to downtown Boise.  This area is about a 15-20 minute commute to downtown Boise.  Home generally range from $150,000 to $300,000.

NW Boise. NW Boise is a very large and diverse area.  It has homes built from the 1920s to brand new custom homes.  The older homes are located in the areas as you get closer to downtown.  The newer developments are generally further away.  NW Boise has been growing in popularity because of its good access to downtown and proximity to the Boise foothills.  Purchasing power is relatively strong in this area.  Homes generally range from $150,000 to $600,000.

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Boise Idaho Weather

Boise has a great four-season climate and has things to do no matter the time of year such as skiing in the winter or boating in the summer.

Month Avg. High Avg. Low Mean Avg. Precip
Jan 37°F 24°F 30°F 1.39 in.
Feb 45°F 29°F 37°F 1.14 in.
Mar 54°F 34°F 44°F 1.41 in.
Apr 62°F 39°F 51°F 1.27 in.
May 71°F 47°F 59°F 1.27 in.
Jun 80°F 54°F 67°F 0.74 in.
Jul 89°F 60°F 75°F 0.39 in.
Aug 88°F 60°F 74°F 0.30 in.
Sep 77°F 51°F 64°F 0.76 in.
Oct 64°F 41°F 53°F 0.76 in.
Nov 48°F 32°F 40°F 1.38 in.
Dec 37°F 24°F 31°F 1.38 in.



Boise Idaho Outdoor Activities

Skiing. There are three ski resorts within about three hours of Boise.  The closest is Bogus Basin just about 30-40minutes from downtown Boise, Brundage Mountain about 2 hours, and Sun Valley about 3 hours away.

Hunting & Fishing. Idaho has many outdoor opportunities in including hunting and fishing.  Check out the Idaho fish and Game web site for tons of information.

Boating. Within about an hour is Lucky Peak Reservoir, Arrowrock Dam, and Black Canyon Reservoir.  Further North is Lake Cascade and Payette Lake in McCall, ID.

Boise City Parks. Some of the most notable city parks are nestled along the Boise River like Anne Morrison, Kathy Albertson, Julia Davis, and Barber Park.  Camels back park is also very popular as it it a link to Boise foothill hiking and biking trails.

Boise Green Belt. The Boise Green Belt is a paved path for walking, running, or biking that spans more than 10 miles along the Boise River.

Hiking & biking. There are over 100 designated hiking and biking trails in and around Boise.  Download the Ridge to Rivers Trail Map.

Boise River floating. Bring your own rafts or rent them at Eply's river rentals at Barber park and float the 6 mile stretch to Anne Morrison Park.  Complete with rest stops and a shuttle bus, this is great weekend activity with friends and family.

Idaho Botanical Gardens. If you are a garden lover, the 30 acre Idaho Botanical Gardens is a must see.

Golfing. There are 9 golf courses in the city of Boise and even more in the nearby cities of Meridian, Eagle, etc.


Boise Idaho Economy

Boise has strong employment and has long had below the national average unemployment rate.  Major businesses such as Micron, HP, and Simplot CO, base their companies out of Boise.  Boise is continually recognized as one the best cities in America for business.  You can find more economic information at the Boise City Chamber of Commerce.


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