Property tax rates for Eagle Idaho real estate vary please contact the Ada County assessor’s office for any questions at 208-287-7200. City property taxes are assessed through the county tax system.
Cost of Living Index 2016
US Average = 100 for all indicators
Summary: The greatest index difference is found in housing costs. Eagle has the highest concentration of upgrade homes per capita than any other community in the Boise Valley. It also has the highest percentage of professionals and business owners for the Boise Area. For Eagle the housing boom started about the same time Hewlett Packard and Micron technologies came into the area about 20 years ago that has fueled the economic boom for the Boise Market. Boise has a larger diverse population and housing base. Surprisingly, Eagle has one of the highest rates of families below the poverty level and at the same time the highest income per capita rate.
Location: Eagle adjoins Boise to the northwest. Boise is the capital of the state of Idaho and the economic hub for the region. Eagle is part of the Boise Metro area that now has the greatest concentration of people between Salt Lake City Utah and Portland Oregon at about 588,000. Eagle is located on the north side of the Boise River and has a view of the Boise Mountain Range to the east. State Hwy 44 & 55 run through Eagle which connects Eagle to Boise to the east, the mountains and McCall to the north and to suburbs and farming communities to the west.
Elevation: 2,566 ft. (782 m.), on average, above sea level
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time, MST, (observes Daylight Savings Time)
Eagle is located on the Snake River basin plain that crosses, from east to west, the south end of the State of Idaho. Eagle is in the middle area of the valley at an average elevation of about 2,566 feet above sea level and borders the Boise River on the south end. This is considered a high desert area with most of the moisture occurring and collecting in the surrounding mountains and then being transferred into the valley by creeks, streams and rivers. These waterways provide the irrigation water used by farmers across the whole south end of the state. Eagle is near the old Oregon Trail and was on the trail between Boise to the east and the convergence of the Boise and Snake Rivers on the west.
Over the years, Eagle and Boise have joined on the east border of the city limits. Even though Eagle was not incorporated until 1970 with a population of only 350 at the time, its history goes back to the Oregon Trail and to the gold rush days of that period. There was good activity in the area by the 1850’s, the location being on a trade route that followed the Boise River and later connected to the Oregon Trail. Gold was discovered in the Boise Basin (mountains above Boise) in 1862 causing a tremendous influx of prospectors seeking their fortune. With the prospectors came farmers, ranchers, storekeepers, bankers etc. that set up at the base of the mountains around Boise to support the mines and then later the timber industries. Eagle first came to life as an Illinois farmer named Thomas Aikens obtained 160 acres of land on Eagle Island and started farming in order to provide the much needed food supplies for the mining operations.
The communities name came from the fact that Eagle Island was just that, a home to hundreds of Bald Eagles at the time. By 1864 irrigation canals had been established on the island bringing to life about 700 acres of farmland. Over the next 40 years nine major canals were developed, diverting river water to farms over the entire area now incorporated as the City of Eagle. Early on, there were schools, stores, banks, food processing plants etc. successfully established in Eagle as well as a bridge crossing the river. Eagle was close enough to Boise and because of its agricultural economic and low population base, there was no great need for a city infrastructure until very recently. Since 1970, the population has gone from 350 to over 20,000, with half of this increase occurring in the last 10 years.
Eagle is part of the greater Boise economic region of Southwest Idaho, referred to as the “Treasure Valley” due to its agriculturally based wealth, made possible by irrigation and mild climate. Boise is the economic and political hub of this region being the capital of the state, the largest city in the state and the primary source of non-agriculturally based jobs for the region. Eagle’s economic base has now shifted from agriculture to housing. This change came mainly through the introduction of clean industries, such as Hewlett Packard and Micron Technologies, in the last 20 years. Boise and the surrounding area’s have also become a hub for transportation and storage, higher education, communication call centers, medical services and most other major demographic factors that allow clean and sustained growth.
Eagle is located in Ada County and is the third largest city. Eagle is most closely located and related to Boise the county seat of Ada County and the capital city of the State of Idaho. Ada County has the largest concentration of people in the state. Eagle is beginning to establish itself as a full service community due to the increase in population but with most major purchases, services and higher education, still being located outside the community. The community’s small town feel has evolved quickly into a full-scale suburb feel of the larger Boise market. Eagle is currently known for having more top end homes per capita than any other location in the valley. This is also reflected in its high per capita income rate being almost twice as much as other smaller communities in the region and in the high percentage of business owners and professionals living within the community. For those seeking a higher quality lifestyle feel, Eagle is now one of the best choices.
Whatever your reasons for coming to Eagle, it can be considered a good choice and one of the positive puzzle pieces that make up the “Treasure Valley” whose real treasure has always been its people. Trust the experts at Stewart Realty, LLC to help you find your own piece of Eagle Idaho real estate.
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Eagle is part of a river valley that runs across southern Idaho at a relatively low elevation. This is a high desert area of low precipitation in the valleys and high rates of sunshine. Most snow fall occurs in the surrounding mountain ranges from November to February which fills the rivers, creeks and streams that run to the valley in the spring time as it melts. The valley does get some snow but on average it is light and infrequent. Star’s climate is warm during summer when day time temperatures tend to be in the 80’s and 90’s and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's. The cold months are November through February and the warmest months July and August. Temperature shifts from day to night can be extreme primarily during the hottest summer days that cool off after sunset. This is a full four season location with a comparatively mild climate proven ideal for farming, recreation and just living. The annual average precipitation at Eagle is 10.01 inches. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year but on average is wetter during the spring and fall seasons. December is usually the wettest month on average at 1.89 inches. Eagle is close enough to the Boise Mountain Range that is slightly wetter than area’s to the west in the Boise Valley.
There over twenty AM and FM radio stations located in the Boise Valley that reaches Eagle that includes multiple NPR stations. This area has full access to traditional, cable, dish and online TV stations with Boise being regional communication hub for most TV and radio outlets. Fiber optic lines are being extended to residential areas to provide the highest speed data transfers available.
The largest airport, the Boise Regional airport, is about 20 miles southeast and is the regional hub for air travel. There is a small heliport northwest of Eagle.