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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

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%

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

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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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!
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Boise is home to many small town people and is now becoming a hot spot for out of state residents. It is small enough yet big enough. Boise is usually ranked on the top cities articles. More and more people are moving to Boise to raise their families. Boise school district is ranked one of the top in the nation. This little gem has everything you need from outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, water sports, winter sports to a decent night life, exposure to culture in the form of music, dance, theater, food, and the local Basque block. It has also become a popular spot for wine lovers and home grown local brews!
I grew up in Boise, but have lived all over the US (including the mid west and east coast and west coast) and have traveled to many other states, but when it came to having children and raising a family, I knew there was only one place I have ever been that I KNEW was a safe place to do it....Boise! Boise has grown so much over the past 10-15 years - it's amazing. I moved from San Diego (which I loved) and many of the chain restaurants that I loved down there have opened up in boise! Boise has everything you need at an arms reach and if you like outdoor sports/wilderness - it is all around us within a short drive!