ZZ Boise Relocation Information

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What makes Boise so great?

Learn why Boise is the fastest-growing city in the country

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The State Capitol Building in Boise 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.

Large corporations are housed in Boise: Albertsons, Simplot, WinCo Foods, and Micron Technologies all are headquartered in Boise. In addition, HP, TSheets, and Scentsy are fast-growing companies that contribute greatly to the local economy.

The Morrison Center performing arts building on the Boise State University campus is rated as one of the best college performing arts centers in the nation. The Morrison Center hosts the Boise Philharmonic, broadway shows, and top-tier musical acts.

Boise State University debuted the blue field in 1986. It was the first non-green football field in the world. The university also holds the patent for all non-green turf football fields.

Initial Point, the beginning point for all land surveys for the State of Idaho is located less than 45 minutes south of town.

Bogus Basin, the local ski hill is 45 minutes north of town. The base of the resort sits at 5,790 feet and the summit is 7,582 feet.

As of 2019, 8 Olympians have been born in Boise: Kristin Armstrong (cycling), Frank Brown (Alpine Skiing), Jeret Peterson (Freestyle Skiing), Dane Spencer (Alpine Skiing), Sara Studebaker (Biathlon), and Nick Symmonds (Track & Field), Dane Spencer (Alpine Skiing), and Ben Ferguson (Snowboard).

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

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62% of Idaho is public land: Idahoans love the great outdoors.It’s easy to see considering the access to nature we have. We also work very hard to keep as much of the state publicly owned as possible so everyone can freely get out and enjoy Idaho’s beauty.

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.

President Lincoln signed The Morrill Act in 1862, which allowed states to establish land grant universities that focused on agricultural and mechanical arts for farmers to receive higher education. Idaho’s land grant school, the University of Idaho, was established in 1889. U of I was Idaho’s only university for the next 71 years.

Agricultural giant. Idaho is famous for its potatoes. In fact, it produces one-third of the country’s potatoes by itself. Idaho’s other biggest agricultural products are wheat, hops, and onions.

Nasa used Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve to train astronauts on geology similar to the moon, as well as moon buggy testing grounds.

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is the largest Department of Energy facility by land area. INL has contributed a vast amount of research and knowledge into nuclear energy to the nation and the world, including the power plant to the world’s first nuclear submarine.

Arco, Idaho was the first city in the world to be lit by electricity generated solely from nuclear energy.

Idaho contains over 107,000 miles of rivers and waterways within its borders. Many of these rivers have made Idaho a whitewater rafting destination.

The first alpine ski chairlift was built by the Union Pacific Railroad in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1936. Sun Valley is consistently rated as one of the best places to ski in the world.

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is the largest protected wilderness area in the contiguous 48 states. The US Senator was a Boise native and created the 2.36 million-acre wilderness preserve in 1980 so that it would remain pristine for all future generations to enjoy. The only larger wilderness preserve is in Alaska.

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Boise is considered a high desert with a semi-arid continental climate. Sitting at 2,730 feet above sea level, Boise experiences all four distinct seasons. Boise has hot and dry summers with an average of 51 days over 90 degrees and 10 days at or above 100 degrees. The temperature in the summer usually varies by anout 30 degrees from the overnight lows to the midday highs. Winters are moderately cold with the temperatures averaging around 38 degrees during the day and 24 degrees at night. Average snowfall is around 19 inches, but rarely snows more than 3 inches at a time. Most of the time, snowfall sticks more in the nearby mountains and foothills rather than down in the valley. The combination of snowplows, regular driving, and sunny days tend to keep snow on the roads to a minimum. 

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