BOISE IDAHO Relocation Guide

Welcome to Boise, you are going to love it here!

Whether you are moving to the Boise area from another part of Idaho or from out of state, we are excited to welcome you to our amazing corner of Idaho. Consider this page your relocation guide to Boise. We took our time doing research, fact checking, and interviews so we could give you all of the most important information about the Boise Metro Area as possible in one convenient location.

Boise Idaho Subdivision SearchThe best way to get started is to download our free Boise Relocation Guide Magazine. It is packed with exclusive articles, insider information, and the most accurate home values. When you download our guide, you will also have access to our Top Communities Guides, which break town the best-selling, most affordabel and top luxury new communities in all 8 cities in the Boise Metro Area: Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, Caldwell, Star, and Middleton.

On this page, you will find:

  • Why is the City of Trees is so popular?
  • Demograhics
  • Weather
  • Air Travel Information
  • Boise Lifestyle Guides
  • Boise FAQ's

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in Boise, Eagle, Caldwell, Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, Star, or Middleton, give our amazing team of real estate agents a call at (208) 629-0217. Our agents are local experts, many of whom were born and raised here. They have the most comprehensive and  up-to-date information on the Boise Real Estate Market and lists of homes for sale.

 

Local Fact

The State Capitol Building is the only capitol building in the U.S. that is heated with geothermal energy. Many homes in Boise’s North End are also heated by geothermal energy.

Boise is home to the largest population of Basque people outside of the basque country in northern Spain. In fact, Boise’s sister city is Guernica (pronounced GER-NEE-KA) in northern Spain.

 

Boise, Idaho National Rankings

In 2019, Boise and the surrounding cities had another banner year of recognition from national media sources as one of the best cities in America to Live, Work, and Play.

  • #2 best place to raise a family (Forbes)
  • #1 (Nampa) and #3 (Boise) Best Run Cities (U.S. News)
  • #1-4 Best Cities to live in Idaho (Meridian, Eagle, Star, Kuna) (Homesnacks)

Read all of the accolades Boise has recieved since 2005.

Boise is still affordable!
It’s a wonderful area to live and explore but if you are making it your home you will enjoy the lower cost of living compared to many other major metro cities. Our growth has come with a lot of positive benefits: an improved and more diverse economy, growing educational institutions, renewed investment into infrastructure, and significant investment into new housing developments. Explore the Treasure Valley and you’ll be pleased with what you see. Take a look at our Boise cost of living price breakdown and see the difference for yourself.

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Take a look at our list of Famous People From Idaho. You'd be surprised who calls Idaho their home.

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Boise, Idaho FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is Boise, Idaho expensive?

Boise is very affordable compared to urban centers such as Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, and much of Caifornia, but has the highest average home prices in Idaho. The median price of a home in 2019 was $330,000

Is Boise, Idaho a good place to live?

Absolutely! Boise's lower cost of living, wide array of fun things to do, and friendly people make Boise a great place to live.

Is Boise a safe city?

In 2017, MSN voted Boise as the 8th safest city in the world. In fact, Idaho was listed as the second safest state in the American West after Utah. Boise and the Treasure Valley are praised for their safety. In fact, the crime rate has decreased as the population has increased.

What is the coldest month in Boise?

January is the coldest month with an average overnight temperature of 23.6 °F and an average high temperature of 36.7 °F

How much snow does Boise, Idaho get?

Average snowfall is 19 inches, with much of it falling in bursts of 3 inches or less.

Idaho can thank Abraham Lincoln for its statehood. In 1863, President Lincoln signed the Territorial Bill, which created the Idaho Territory out of the Nebraska Territory. Idaho would receive its statehood 27 years later.

Idaho is known as the Gem State: This is because of 72 types of precious and semi-precious gemstones are found throughout the state. Idaho’s state gem, the Star Garnet, is found in only two places on earth: certain places in India and Idaho.

Boise, Idaho Demographics

The estimated population of Boise in 2018 was 228,790, making it the 99th largest city in the United States. The Boise-Nampa Metropolitan Area, colloquially called the Treasure Valley, had an estimated population of 730,426 in 2018. This caused it to move up to the 80th largest metropolitan area in the country, surpassing Akron, Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the median age in Boise was 35.

Age Beakdown:

  • Under 18: 23%
  • 18-24: 11%
  • 25-44: 29%
  • 45-64: 26%
  • 65+: 11%

Gender Makeup

  • 49% Men a
  • 51% Women

Racial Makeup (2010):

  • 89% White
  • 7.1% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.2% Asian
  • 1.5% African American
  • 0.7% Native American
  • 0.2% Pacific Islander
  • 2.5% from other races
  • 3% two or more races

Resident Education Levels (national average in parentheses)

  • Master's Degree or Higher: 14% (12%)
  • Bachelor's Degree: 27% (19%)
  • Some college or associate's degree: 33% (29%)
  • High School diploma or equivalent: 21% (28%)
  • Less than a High School diploma: 5% (13%)

 

What's the weather like in Boise, Idaho?

If you like sunshine, you'll love the Treasure Valley. There is an average of 220 sunny days each year with low humidity and just 12.1 inches of precipitation. The climate here is ideal for spending time outside!

Sitting at 2,730 feet above sea level in a valley in the Rocky Mountains, Boise has a semi-arid continental climate. This is characterized by four distinct seasons with a wide temperature difference between summer and winter, low year-round humidity, and low precipitation.

Summers in Boise are hot and dry with most days reaching into the 90s. On average, the temperature reaches or exceeds 100 degrees eight days out of the season. The temperature difference between night-time lows and daytime highs is a little more than 30 degrees.

Winters are cold. The average high temperature in the winter is 37 degrees with average lows reaching into the low 20s. Average snowfall is 19 inches, with much of it falling in bursts of 3 inches or less. Luckily for valley residents, the snow falls more and stays in the mountians. Snow on the roads in town tends to go away thanks to snowplows, general traffic, and sunny days. 

Spring and fall are gradual transitions into the extreme seasons. Boise recieves an average of 11 inches of precipitation annually, with most of it falling in the spring.

Air travel at the Boise Airport (BOI)

Boise Airport is served by 7 airlines that flies 4 million annual customers nonstop to 20 major airports around the country as well as connecting flights to thousands of cities around the world. In 2019, the Boise Airport recieved two accolades. The Travel Channel ranked the Boise Airport as the #2 most relaxing airport in the country. Also, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) selected the Boise Airport as "Airport of the Year" during its annual air safety forum in Washington D.C. The ALPA selected Boise because of its great safety record as well as its leadership always collecting feedback and data from pilots and aviation professionals to improve its service to the customers and airlines.

Boise Lifestyle Guides

Ask anyone who lives here or has moved here about why they love it here, and one of their top answers will be all of the fun things to do here. Downtown Boise is the cultural center with more than 100 shops, 80 restaurants and a number of microbreweries, clubs and other nightlife venues. Downtown Boise is a vibrant livable community that is walkable and friendly.

Community events such as the Saturday Farmer’s Market, First Thursday, and Alive- After-Five outdoor concert series on the Grove bring large crowds to the area. The 8th Street Marketplace provides a lively pedestrian zone lined with boutiques, local restaurants, and bars. Downtown Boise’s popular attractions include Julia Davis, Ann Morrison and Kathryn Albertson parks, the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre, the Boise Art Museum, and the Basque Block.

We have created liftstyle guides for the Boise area of fun things to do below. Check them out and create a list of what you want to experience here. We guarantee you won't get bored. There is something for everyone!

 

Food and Drink

Breweries

Idaho has a thriving beer scene thanks to our local hops, wheat, and barley crops. In fact, one of Idaho's largest agricultural exports around the country is hops for beer. In 2018, Idaho surpassed Oregon to become the nation's #2 hop growing state with 8,140 acres of harvested hops, which genterated $86 million. Number 1 is Washington. Idaho alone has 40 craft breweries, with most of them sitting here in the Treasure Valley. Check out our definitive list of the breweries in Boise and the Treasure Valley. All of these places have distinct brewing techniques, flavors, atmosphere, and amazing menus.

Wineries

Idaho has been gaining notariety for its wine production. The elevation, volcanic soil, high number of sunny days, and the amount of moisture and precipitation have become firtile grounds for wine grapes. Our Boise, Idaho Vineyards and Wineries Guide outlines where all of the vineyards and wineries are located by city in the Treasure Valley. Reference this guide to find which locations are closest to you, or venture out into the valley to find new places to try and buy local wine.

Nightlife Hotspots

Downtown Boise is small compared to other urban centers, but it is far from boring. There are dozens of bars, brewpubs, and nightclubs to grab a drink and have a fun night out with friends. In addition, there are plenty of restaurants to satisfy any craving after the sun goes down. Use our 22 Boise Nightlife Hotspots article to read profiles on the hostest and most popular bars and nightclubs in Boise. Explore them all and discover what makes each of them unique.

Sports in Boise

Does Boise have professional sports teams?

Boise has plenty to offer sports fans. We are famous for Boise State University's blue football field, but did you know that Boise is home to a few professional sports teams and events that draw professional talent from around the country? It's true. Our Boise Sports Guide breaks down the spectator sports we offer to our residents and how to enjoy them. No matter what sport you are a fan of, you will find a team to cheer for here in Boise!

Where are all of the golf courses in Boise?

If you like to golf, you are in luck. Boise and the other citites in the Treasure Valley—Meridian, Kuna, Eagle, Star, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, and Caldwell—contain 20 golf courses. Golfing in Idaho is different because we can golf comfortably between mid-March and early October. Some courses are nestled in the foothills where elevation changes are part of the challenge. Others have sweeping fairways on the south end of the valley with nothing but open sky above you. There are also a few private country clubs that offer executive-style courses with other high-end amenieties like Olympic swimming pools, tennis courts, swing analysis machines, and fine dining. Take a look and find your new favorite golf course!


 

Treasure Valley

Boise is just part of the area and each surrouunding city has it's own vibe and offers a unique way of life.

Meridian ID

it’s no surprise that Meridian is so poular of a destination with the city’s detailed family oriented infrastructure, the city planning, and business opportunities. Despite the rapid growth, rther is still a small town feel and strong community spirit. There is also plenty to do from The Village at Meridian for shopping & dining, Meridian Speedway, Wahooz and Roaring Springs Water Park. Search Meridian Homes for Sale.

Eagle ID

Located between the Foothills & the Boise River & Hwy 55 and Hwy 16 is the acclaimed zip code 83616. It is in a class all its own. The city is known for it luxury neighborhoods, safe enviroment and quality of life from the 200 acre bike park, to top rated golf courses to Eagle Island State Park. Search Eagle Homes for Sale.

Kuna ID

Driving to Kuna and passing acres upon acres of corn, you may be surprised to find a fast growing city.Kuna is the fastest growing city. The immediate draw of the rural town may be lower home prices and convenient commutes but most people fall in love with the quiet and peaceful country setting with exapnsive views of the Owyhee Mountains across the desert to the foothills spanning east and west from Boise. Search Kuna Homes for Sale.

Star ID

If you lived in Star, you lived “out in the country”; allthough, it is a short commute to the big city! Star is everything you’d want in a country setting and more. Star delivers an authentic small-town life with friendly neighbors and one traffic light. Search Star Homes for Sale.

Nampa ID

The laid-back pace and friendliness of the residence create its small-town feel but for a town its size, it has a lot going on. Resident here enjoy Lake Lowell, The Warhawk Air Museum, Ford Idaho Center & HorsePark & Amphitheater, Snake River Stampede  and much more. Nampa is attractive due to its friendly business climate and quality of life. Search Nampa Homes for Sale.

Caldwell ID

Life in Caldwell is a little simpler. This is a place where you get to know people and call them by name. There is a lot of rolling farmland, big tractors, and roadside vegetable and fruit stands. Rodeos and the County Fair are are part of life here. Search Caldwell Homes for Sale.

Middleton ID

At the western end of Canyon county is a true gem. Family is a big deal in Middleton which is why the school district is one of the best in the Valley. The city is also committed to the future with many community improvements. Many older homes in Middleton are on acreage or larger lots, barns, and outbuildings. Or purchasing acreage and building your dream home can easily become reality here. Search Middleton Homes for Sale.

Emmett ID

Just north of the county line lies a beautiful valley. Emmet is known for the Payette River, Squaw Butte and good people. It is just far enough way that there are a number of small businesses that you never have to leave but it is only 30 minutes to the civilization. Search Emmett Homes for Sale.