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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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
About Boise...
Population
218,677

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$191,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$834
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Boise Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    207
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    23
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    332
    500
  • Theft
    1,842
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    152
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$52,249
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

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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 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!
I've lived in Boise all of my life, and I can say without a doubt that this is a great town to be raised and live in! This city has certainly grown in the past years, as similar opinions of this city have appeared over time. While this may not be good for the locals who have lived here for years, it has certainly made Idaho an appealing (and unfortunately more expensive) state to live in. One of the best aspects of this city are the local programs that frequently occur. Some examples of these programs are the Saturday Market, Basque Festival, and Alive After Five. All of these programs encourage people of all ages and ethnicities to join in on the fun. Another appealing aspect of Boise are the local hiking trails and other outdoor activities that anyone can do. Take Table Rock, for example. It's a well known hiking trail that anyone can do and see a beautiful view of the city at the top. Overall, a lovely city!