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.

The 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 them were born and raised here. They have the best, most up-to-date information, market dynamics reports, and lists of homes for sale.

 

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.

Why is Boise, Idaho so Popular?

Here are some base facts

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 in the last few years.

In addition, our cost of living is lower than many nearby states and larger urban centers. Take a look at our Boise cost of living price breakdown and see the difference for yourself.

Do you want to know some fun Idaho trivia? 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 directly 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 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. The age breakdown was as follows:

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

The gender makeup was 49% men and 51% women. 

The racial makeup in 2010 was:

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?

Sitting at 2,730 feet 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 nighttime 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.

Atlanta (ATL)

Service provided by Delta* *begins July 6, 2020

Chicago Midway (MDW)

Summer seasonal service provided by Southwest

Chicago O'Hare (ORD)

Service provided by United and seasonal service by American

Denver (DEN)

Service provided by SouthwestUnited, and seasonally by Frontier

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)

Service provided by American

Houston (IAH)

Service provided by United

Las Vegas (LAS)

Service provided by Allegiant and Southwest

Los Angeles (LAX)

Service provided by DeltaUnitedAllegiant, and *Alaska *beginning March 2020

Minneapolis (MSP)

Service provided by Delta

Oakland (OAK)

Service provided by Southwest

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (AZA)

Service provided by Allegiant

Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)

Service provided by Southwest and American

Portland (PDX)

Service provided by Alaska

Sacramento (SMF)

Service provided by Alaska and Southwest

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Service provided by Delta

San Diego (SAN)

Service provided by Alaska and Southwest

San Francisco (SFO)

Service provided by United

San Jose (SJC)

Service provided by Alaska and Southwest

Seattle (SEA)

Service provided by Alaska and Delta

Spokane (GEG)

Service provided by Southwest and Alaska

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. 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

Believe it or not, Idaho has a growing beer scene (get it?) 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!