Boise Area Information
Looking for a great place to live? Boise just might be the perfect choice.
The Boise area offers the perfect blend of "small town" quality of life with all
the amenities of a big city.
One of Boise greatest draws is its friendly people and safe streets. In Boise bad
news still makes the news. It is sad that in many cities violent crime is no longer
newsworthy. In Boise, however, when something bad happens it still hits the front
page of the paper. In all, the Violent Crime Rate in Boise is 45% less
than the National average. When compared to cities such as Los Angeles where the
Violent Crime Rate is 113% more
than the National average, it is easy to
see that Boise is a much safer place than your typical city. In fact, in December
of 2007, Farmers insurance rated Boise the second safest city in the nation.
Something for Everyone
Movies - Edwards 21 Theater - Boise
Sports - Boise State Broncos Football - Boise
Dining - P.F. Changs - Boise
The Arts - Opera Idaho - Boise
Family Fun - Roaring Springs Waterpark - Meridian
Shopping - Boise Towne Square Mall - Boise
Outdoor Activites - Bogus Basin Ski Resort - Boise
The population of Boise is 193,414. The population of the greater Boise area (Boise
Metropolitan Statistical Area or Boise MSA) is 587,526. The Boise MSA includes surrounding
communities such as Meridian, Eagle and Nampa. This population size is moderate
enough to not feel overwhelmed, but also substantial enough to provide a strong
and robust business climate.
Boise businesses are wide ranging. Unlike some smaller communities that rely
on a single industry or large anchor business for most of its jobs, Boise offers
a wide range of businesses spanning many industries. From high tech to agriculture
and everything in between, Boise offers something for everyone. Hewlett Packard,
Micron Technology and Microsoft all have campuses in Boise and a large number of
smaller tech-firms have cropped up in supporting roles and spin-offs from the larger
firms. In March of 2008 Boise was ranked the second best place in the Nation for
business and careers by Forbes magazine.
The majority of the east portion of the Treasure valley consists of Boise, Meridian
and Eagle. These communities each have unique and separate identities, however,
they are all essentially part of the Boise area. Boise lies in the Northeast portion
of valley. Eagle lies to the immediate Northwest of Boise at the base of the foothills.
Meridian is directly West of Boise and is adjacent to Eagle at the North.
North Boise is defined by the historic "North End" residential real estate with
mature trees and pristinely renovated classic homes. Eagle offers some of the Boise
area's more affluent neighborhoods. Meridian might best be described as the new
construction suburbs of Boise without the suburbs stigma. Meridian offers plenty
of class and character with new shopping, restaurants, entertainment and commerce.
Looking for something fun to do? Catch the latest movie at one of Boise's multiplex,
stadium style seating movie theaters. Whether the Edwards 21 off the freeway or
the Edwards 9 in downtown Boise in the new and upscale BoDo district. To round out
your evening, if you're visiting the Edwards 21, consider catching a meal before
the show at the Cheesecake factory which is just down the street or, if you're headed
downtown, take in a meal at P.F. Changs or The Spaghetti Factory which are both
within walking distance of the theater. Boise offers many excellent restaurants
to suite all dining tastes. Simply in the mood for a great pizza? Be certain to
visit Guidos in downtown Boise or their second location in West Boise.
The weather in Boise is moderate. A common misconception about the Boise area is
that there is lots of snow in the winter months. In reality, most Boise snowstorms
leave just a few inches of snow on the ground. Just enough snow to make a snowman
and throw snowballs in the morning, but not so much snow that you have to battle
the snow for days on end. Most snow in Boise melts off within a day or two.
One of the great things about Boise is that we enjoy four real seasons. The beautiful
colors of spring and fall are very impressive and give Boise tremendous character
and beauty. Temperatures in the summer are often in the 70's and 80's and daytime
temperatures in the winter are typically in the 30's and 40's.
The Boise area offers excellent healthcare options. St. Lukes and St. Alphonsus
are the two major hospitals in the Boise market. St. Lukes operates hospitals in
the downtown Boise core as well as a second hospital in Meridian. St. Alphonsus
operates hospitals in the central Boise area and in Eagle. Both St. Lukes and St.
Alphonsus are very reputable and well respected in the market and offer a complete
range of in-patient and out-patient services. Another advantage that commonly impresses
new residents is the hospitals' lightning fast service. Horribly long hospital wait
times are nowhere to be found in the Boise market.
Boise has many options for the outdoor enthusiast. A favorite pastime of the locals
is floating the Boise River. The Boise River is peaceful and calm and the float
from Barber Park to the take out point lasts about two hours. Truly a great way
to spend an afternoon with the family. For the more adventurous rafter a quick drive
one-hour north will find you on the Payette River with class three to class five
rapids. Hiking in the Boise foothills or walking along the Boise Greenbelt are also
favorite summertime activities. In the winter months Bogus Basin ski resort is just
a quick 45 minute drive up the hill from North Boise and Brundage in McCall and
Tamarack in Donnely are approximately two hours North of Boise. Sun Valley is about
three hours to the East.
Boise offers plenty for the sports fan. The Boise State Broncos won national fame
in 2007 with their impressive win against Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Broncos football
is huge in Boise and if you love being a hardcore fan, then Boise Football wont
disappoint. The Idaho Steelheads are Boise's hockey team, which is a farm team for
the Dallas Stars of the NHL. Steelies hockey offers non-stop action and all the
fun you would expect at a fast paced hockey game. The Boise Hawks are Boise's baseball
farm team for the Chicago Cubs. Great baseball with plenty of after game fireworks
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Are you thinking about making a trip to Boise? Be sure to spend some time with one
of our agents who will give you a grand tour of the Boise area. The tour takes approximately
four to eight hours (depending on whether you would like to explore any homes along
the way) and is best when taken at the very beginning of your trip so that you can
get your bearings on our wonderful city. Please contact us
to make arrangements.