Locals have known for a long time why the Boise Area is one of the best places to live in these great United States. From the mountains where locals and visitors alike hike, fish, hunt, kayak, raft, ski and snowboard, to the valleys where you can run along the Boise River greenbelt, visit the scene downtown or float the Boise River or raft or jet boat Hells Canyon on the lower Snake River. The Boise area has fantastic schools and universities, short commutes and great jobs. A few of the many things that professional researchers have discovered about Boise are found in the quotes and links below.
2018 "#1 Americas Fastest Growing City" Boise City Metropolitan Statistical Area named in the #1 position on Forbes’ annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities. Forbes looks at growth of population, employment, wages and economic output. They also use home price growth as a proxy for wealth. They have listed the 25 metropolitan areas across the country experiencing the biggest overall surges, plus the growth rates and projections that got them there. - Forbes.com February 2018
2017 "#8 Safest City in the World" The capital of Idaho lies in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. That makes for beautiful hiking trails, but Boise also has plenty of museums, galleries, and restaurants to explore too, and it's only growing. It has a safety index of 82.29. - MSN.com October 2017
2016 "Best Place to Retire" Meridian, ID is a high-desert (elevation: 2,605 feet) suburb just west of Boise. The average high temperature is 64 degrees; the average low is 41 degrees. Average yearly rainfall is only 10 inches a year, and snowfall 12 inches. Air quality is good. The area has a high rank on the Milken Institute list of best cities for aging, although doctors per capita are below the national average. The economy is good. - Forbes.com 2016
2014 "The 10 Best Cities to Move To" "If you love hiking, biking, and the great outdoors, you're going to love Boise: the Hull's Gulch trail system can be accessed directly from 8th street, and Boise is also home to the extensive Boise River Greenbelt." - Moving Made Simple, March 2014
2013 "No. 1 Best Cities for Men" "Back in the 1860s, a gold rush lured men from all over the country to the Boise Basin. Some struck it rich, but most simply struck out. Today most of the gold is gone, but in its place is something much more valuable: a rich vein of health, happiness, and fitness that the men of Boise, Idaho, are mining every day." - Men's Health Magazine, December 2012
2012 "No. 2 Best City for Raising a Family": "Life is good for many families in the Pacific Northwest’s third largest city, with lower costs and less crime than the region’s two biggest metros, Seattle and Portland. And there’s the local powerhouse football team, the Boise State Broncos."- Forbes, April 2012
2011 "Ten Best Places to Find A Job" The Fiscal Times ranked the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. by the rate of new job generation over the past 12 months, compared to the number of jobs they had in September 2010. The top ten includes Boise, Idaho - The Fiscal Times, November 2011
2010 "Best Town in the Western U.S." "Boise, to put it mildly, has been on a roll. Government, education, and health care remain core industries, but dozens of high-tech startups have moved to town, joining behemoths like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. And while its population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and jaded locals bemoan the sprawl, Boise has managed its growth impressively well: The city is home to nearly 2,000 acres of parks and a 25-mile greenbelt. The outlying areas feel a bit bland, but the older neighborhoods have that Boulder vibe—cruiser bikes, farmers' markets, and prayer flags—only with reasonably priced homes." - Outside Magazine, August 2010
2009 "No. 8 Best Mid-size Metropolitan Area" "The highest scores went to well-rounded places with healthy economies, light traffic, moderate costs of living, impressive housing stocks and strong educational systems." - MSNBC.com, March 2009
2008 "Best Urban Parks” Boise River Greenbelt: "...this riverfront park was reclaimed in the 1960's and transformed into a haven for outdoor lovers, with 25 miles of pathways geared to walkers, runners, skaters,bikers." - Boston Globe, June 2008
2005 "A TOP CHOICE for Footloose Techies.” “Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the city has long been known for its astonishing scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities. But in recent years Boise has undergone a transformation…creating a ‘new’ new economy in the shadow of the old one.” INC. Magazine- “The Best Places for Doing Business in America" May 2005.
2005 “No. 9 among Top Metros for Scientists and Engineers per Capita” "Exceptionally well placed to attract and nurture high-tech companies and entrepreneurs” Expansion Management Magazine- “Americas Super Cities of the Future” – May 12, 2005
2005 “No. 4 Most Secure Mid Sized City” “What does it take to be one of the nations most secure cities? We looked for lower crime rates, a lower risk of natural disasters, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods, and a healthy economy, as represented by future job growth.” Farmers Insurance Friendly Exchange Magazine- “Finding the safest Places”, Summer 2005.
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