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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Boise is a city in Idaho with a population of 220,859. Boise is in Ada County and is one of the best places to live in Idaho. Living in Boise offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Boise there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Boise and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Boise are highly rated.
About Boise...
Population
220,859

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$206,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$875
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Boise Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    191.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    63.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    326.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,965.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    153.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Boise

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,547
National
$55,322
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Boise is Idaho's capital city—both a cultural center and a playground for those who love the outdoors. A vibrant downtown area affords fine dining, theatre, music, and college and semi-professional sports. Downtown Boise's main attractions include the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre, the Boise Art Museum, Julia Davis Park and Zoo Boise. Outdoor enthusiasts have year-round activities such as whiterafting, mountain biking, hiking and skiing. The Greenbelt follows the beautiful Boise River corridor for more than 30 miles, and the Boise foothills are home to miles of hiking and biking trails. This city has it all!
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Boise is beautiful! The downtown area is fun to walk around in, especially at night, because it feels relatively safe and there are a lot of beautiful lights on the buildings and trees. The foothills just past downtown are amazing to walk in, and the view of the city is beautiful. The greenbelt along the Boise River is so nice to walk down as well, with the Boise State University college campus right alongside it. With loads of different places to shop, you'll never get bored!
Boise is a quickly growing city that has so much to offer! With the great restaurant scene, shopping centers, entertainment plazas, and mountains galore, there is no way that you won't find something to do. But, because Boise is a rapidly growing city, there are some cons; traffic can get crazy! If you want to get somewhere on time, you're going to have to leave extra early especially if it's during rush hours. The housing market isn't ideal because of the growing population so expect to spend more money for less house.
Overall Boise is a great place to live!