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Boise, Idaho

If you are not from Boise, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. Home to the Boise State University Broncos football team, arguably the most discussed team in the country, based entirely on their accomplishments both on and off the field; Bronco football is a way of life in Boise. Our Broncos’ stadium blue turf, appropriately deemed the “Smurf Turf,” has generated national attention, both for its color, and for the unsurpassed record number of wins the Broncos have established when playing at home.    Boise has also received endless recognition from major media sources, garnering a nomination as Best Place to Live, Work, and Play, in comparison with other cities around the country. What could be so great about a city in the middle of a desert? The same question was raised in regards to Las Vegas, years ago, as well.

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We here at Build Idaho have the opportunity to visit with people moving to Boise on a regular basis. The same question is raised during each conversation: Why Boise, ID? While each situation is unique, two common themes have been observed. The first, and most common answer: Following Family. Families are suggesting, and encouraging, their parents and siblings to move to Boise with them. Imagine the people you love the most suggesting you “Come with us to Boise, ID!"

Are you curious about what the second common theme is? Lifestyle. Obviously, these two themes go hand in hand, but it’s important to note that many people visit Boise, and are so charmed by all that is offered here, they choose to make Boise their “base camp.”  The list of activities available to do in Boise alone could fill an entire encyclopedia. With four seasons, a desert, a river, mountains, foothills, an extensive greenbelt system, ski resorts, lakes, and numerous parks, Boise offers up an impressive list of fun to be had. Combine that with other popular features, including cost of living & affordability, and diverse cultural, it makes sense that the growth of the area has exploded over the last decade. Our capital city truly is the Metro Resort of the Northwest.

Boise Idaho Holiday Activity GuideSo why are you considering Boise? Whether relocating for a job or following family, when you are considering Idaho real estate, it really is about the location. Each area of Boise Metro is very distinctive, and provides a variety of options to choose the lifestyle you want. For example, if you want to walk or bike to the local coffee shop in the morning, and find your friends for cocktails in the afternoon, you may enjoy the North End. Of course, those of you who may not want to see anybody most of the day,  can enjoy the urban areas surrounding Boise. Each area has its own feel and energy. Your Idaho real estate agent can help you better understand each community in the Boise Metro Area. We want you to tell your friends how great life is in Idaho!

Trey Langford
Founder Build Idaho

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Boise Idaho Overview

Most people did not know about Boise, Idaho until about ten years ago when the capital city and largest city in Idaho started consistently making the nations list of top places to Live, Work and Play. People started noticing businesses like Micron and HP as major innovators and the Boise State Broncos football team started winning games on the national stage in style. There are many reason people move to Boise from jobs to family but one theme everyone mentions is the LIFESTYLE! Spend a week exploring Treasure Valley and you will find this is a place you can feel safe living in and raising a family. Boise is also an affordable place to Live, Work and Play. Located along the Boise River and nestled against foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at nearby reservoirs. The Boise Valley has it all - desert, rivers, mountains and lakes for hiking, camping, kayaking, river rafting, hunting, fishing and many winter activities including snowmobiling. If you like the outdoors and open space, you will be immediately attracted to Boise, Idaho. Boise has numerous recreational opportunities including extensive hiking and biking in the foothills to the immediate north of downtown. and an extensive urban trail system called the Boise River Greenbelt that runs along the river from north Boise to Eagle. The Boise River itself is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting. You may also want to check out the Rivers to Ridges trail system. The climate is characterized as semi-arid with four distinct seasons. The summers can be hot and dry with mildly cold winters with fair amounts of snowfall. Rainfall is usually infrequent and light, averaging 1 inch (25mm) per month. March is the wettest month with an average of 1.41 inches (36mm), August is the driest month in Boise and spring and fall are generally temperate in Boise, ID.

Boise Idaho has it all!

Boise (pronounced boy-see), the capital and largest city in the State of  Idaho, is the hub of commerce, banking and government for Idaho.Idaho- The Gem State

Located along the Boise River and nestled against Boise foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at nearby reservoirs.   The Boise area has it all - desert, rivers, mountains and lakes for hiking, camping, kayaking, river rafting, hunting and fishing.

Many large regional, national and international companies are headquartered here, including Simplot Corporation, Boise Cascade, Washington Group, Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Boise is home to Boise State University, the state's largest university with an enrollment of over 18,600 students, as well as 34 grade schools, 9 junior high schools, and 5 high schools.

Boise's climate is characterized as semi-arid with four distinct seasons. Boise experiences hot and dry summers where temperatures can often exceed 100 °F (38 °C), as well as cold winters with fair amounts of snowfall. Rainfall is usually infrequent and light, averaging 1 inch (25 mm) per month. March is the wettest month with an average of 1.41 inches (36 mm). August is the driest month in Boise with 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) of rain. Spring and fall are generally temperate in Boise, ID.

The name "Boise" may actually derive from earlier mountain man usage, which contributed their naming of the river that flows through it. In the 1820s, French Canadian fur trappers set trap lines in the vicinity where Boise now lies. In a high desert area, the tree-lined valley of the Boise River became a prominent landmark. They called this "La Rivière Boisée", which means "the wooded river."

The original Fort Boise was 40 miles (64 km) west, down the Boise River, near the confluence with the Snake River at the Oregon border. This fort was erected by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1830s. It was abandoned in the 1850s, but massacres along the Oregon Trail prompted the U.S. Army to re-establish a fort in the area in 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. The new location was selected because it was near the intersection of the Oregon Trail and a major road connecting the Boise Basin (Idaho City) and the Owyhee mining areas. Both areas were booming at the time. Idaho City was the largest city in the area, and as a staging area to Idaho City, Fort Boise grew rapidly. Boise was incorporated as a city in 1864. The first capital of the Idaho Territory was Lewiston, but Boise replaced it in 1865. Source

Boise has grown considerably in recent years and is now comparable in size to other mid-size cities at the center of their own metropolitan areas in the United States. Boise frequently receives national recognition for its quality of life and business climate.Education

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Boise Idaho Schools

The Boise School District includes 30 elementary schools, 8 junior high schools, 5 high schools and 2 specialty schools. Part of the Meridian School District (the largest district in Idaho) overlaps into Boise city limits.

Post-secondary educational options in Boise include Boise State University and George Fox University, as well as a wide range of technical schools. University of Idaho and Idaho State University each maintain a satellite campus in Boise. Boise is home to Boise Bible College, an undergraduate degree-granting college that exists to train leaders for churches as well as missionaries for the world. Nearby Meridian is home to a campus of the University of Phoenix and neighboring towns Nampa and Caldwell boast Northwest Nazarene University and The College of Idaho respectively. As of May 2007 a community college special district was formed, with the intention of starting a community college in , Nampa, Idaho. Learn more about Boise Idaho Schools.

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There are lots of features in Boise but there are also numerous things to do. From Professional sports to cultural events to fairs. Discover them here and please share your suggestions.

There are a few semi-professional teams in Boise

  1. Idaho Stampede
    NBA D League Team
    The team plays at Qwest Arena November thru April

  2. Idaho Steelheads
    Minor League Hockey
    The team plays at Qwest Arena October thru April

  3. Boise Hawks
    Minor League Baseball Team
    Hawks Stadium at Boise River in Garden City, Western Idaho Expo Center

Other Boise Valley Professional Sports

  1. Snake River Stampede Rodeo
  2. Caldwell Nights Rodeo
  3. Meridian Speedway
  4. Firebird Raceway

Sporting Events

  1. Race to Robie Creek
  2. Women with Bait

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