A little about Boise Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

A statistical and analytical look at Boise Idaho and Treasure Valley

Key Industry/Employment

  • Boise Valley is home to companies such as Amalgamated Sugar Company, WinCo Foods, Micron Technology, Hewlett-Packard, Sybase, Microsoft, Qwest, T-Mobile, DirecTV, Mobile Dataforce, Sky Detective, Booklamp, and Inovus Solar.
  • The largest employment sector in the Boise Valley region is trade, transportation, and utilities with 48,600 employees. As the capital of Idaho, state government is a major employer and government is the 2nd largest employment sector with 40,800 employees. Education and health services is third with 37,500 employees.
  • Growing sectors in the economy include high-tech, tourism, retail trade, healthcare, business, and information services. The growing health science industry provides 30,000 jobs in the Boise Valley region.

Local Economy

  • Boise has an online shopping mall that links customers to local stores at all hours of the day without the hassles of parking and checkout lines.
  • The per capita income in 2009 was $33,997.

Most Popular Lifestyles

  • Popular vehicles in Boise are SUVs, minivans, sporty vehicles, pickup trucks, and compact vehicles. Residents reported more often than average that they owned a domestic vehicle and that the last vehicle purchased was used.
  • Popular leisure activities for Boise residents include camping, hunting, fresh water fishing, and bowling.
  • Boise residents are slightly more likely to own a 529 college savings plan.

Some Unique Characteristics

  • Boise is home to the Boise State University Broncos who won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Locals are enthusiastic supporters, selling out each home game in the 30,000-seat stadium known for its blue AstroPlay® turf.
  • Between the Boise River and the Boise foothills leading to the Rocky Mountains, the area is primed for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, white-water rafting, and fly-fishing.
  • The average commute in Boise is 20 minutes.
  • Boise is home to a large Basque population, one of the largest outside of the Basque region in Spain. The Basque neighborhood features Basque restaurants, a cultural center and museum, and a Basque market. Basque culture is celebrated with festivals several times a year.

Boise Valley Economic Partnership (www.bvep.org), www.city-data.com, www.boise.org, Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov), SRDS Lifestyle (www.SRDS.com).

Posted by tlangford at 5/30/2014 4:25:00 PM
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