125 reviews
  1. City in Idaho
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$180,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$805
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    B-
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      219
      273
    • Murder
      0
      6
    • Rape
      69
      41
    • Robbery
      20
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      305
      525
    • Theft
      1,848
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      122
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $50,323
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    18%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      14%
      11%
    • 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%

    Boise Reviews

    125 reviews
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    I've grown up in Boise and I honestly don't think I would have been raised anywhere else. I spent a lot of time riding my bike in my neighborhood with friends, playing along the Oregon Trail and Boise River, and swimming in Lucky Peak. My elementary school was and still is one of the highest rated in Boise. Being one of those states with "all seasons" means a wide variety of activities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy the outdoors (which Boise offers a lot of) or indoors, you will find something for every day of year. We even have the largest Basque community in the US. Great food, intriguing history, and friendly people!
    For a larger town, the people in Boise are exceptionally thoughtful and kind. Businesses call you back, drivers let you turn first in many cases and customers are generally kind. It's easy to get to know people when you come new to town. Social groups and clubs (ie: library reading time, kids soccer and Bible studies) are easy to find and jump right into. There are churches using translating headsets for refugees coming into town (Life Church among others). Best yet, I've been driving there for more than a year and I have yet to be pulled over!
    I have lived in Boise for all of my life. It is a beautiful city. It's a fairly progressive town in a very conservative state. Our university, Boise State, has grown immensely over the last several years, so there is a thriving college lifestyle here. Boise has many bike paths, and the Boise river runs right through town. Unfortunately wages are extremely low and rent is very high. If I could change one thing, it would be the low wages. It's time for most of us to have a raise!