Welcome to Boise!
The Boise area is a great place to live and work. Whether it’s the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. Good jobs, affordable housing, and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown all add up to a great place to live.
Nestled in the Treasure Valley against the majestic Rocky Mountain foothills, Boise is part of a thriving metropolitan area of over 550,000 people. Boise is the perfect blend of big city life mixed with small town flair. Downtown Boise seems to have something for everyone. From casual dining to four-star cuisine, great shopping, art galleries, coffee bars and everything in between, Downtown Boise has it all.
Boise is a delightful blend of traditional and non-traditional sights and attractions. The City of Trees boasts a river flowing though the heart of the city and a 25-mile riverfront greenbelt with large urban parks and one-of-a-kind museums. Among the many unique sites to visit are the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Idaho Black History Museum, and the World Center for Birds of Prey.
Lifestyles of residents evolve with the breathtaking seasons in the Valley. Boise is the gateway to exceptional recreational opportunities including: world famous white-water rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, backpacking and camping. Hiking, biking, rafting and fishing are popular activities right in the metro area, accessed by miles of greenbelt along the Boise River. The foothills provide trails for hikers and bikers of all abilities. Spring and Summer feature outdoor activities including; Music Festivals, Art in the Park, First Thursday, the Shakespeare and Wine Festival and the Western Idaho State Fair. The Fall and Winter season usher in Boise State University Football, Idaho Steelheads hockey, the Festival of Trees, and of course snowmobiling and many other winter sports.
Quality of life, low cost of doing business, an educated and motivated workforce, and the presence of numerous post-secondary educational institutions provide valley companies with a healthy environment in which to do business. The economy is a healthy mix of business, education, health care, retail, manufacturing, government and the military and professional communities. Despite the struggling national economy, Idaho and Boise area remain one of the fastest growing states and metropolitan areas in the nation. Steady population growth and low interest rates have created a strong real estate and construction market in the Boise area over the past decade. The area's cost of living is among the lowest in the west, and our high quality of life continues to attract new residents, business and industry to the Boise area.
Treasure Valley residents know the secret to success lies in education, a high priority locally and statewide. Approximately half of the state’s general fund is allocated to education. The Treasure Valley has six school districts offering education from kindergarten through high school. The Boise Independent School District (BISD), ranks as one of the most successful and high achieving school districts in the country according to Expansion Management magazine in its December 2004 annual study of 2,800 school districts in the U.S. All Boise Independent School District schools enjoy superior teachers with strong support staffs and offer a wholesome, clean, inviting, and crime-free learning environment for students.
So, if you’re dreaming of a place to move to that has all this and more… stop dreaming and pack your bags. You’ll be glad you did!