For folks considering calling Idaho home, Boise offers a great environment for starting a career and living a high quality life. As the capital of Idaho, Boise currently has a population of about 205,700 and is located in the southwest corner of the state. Major industries in the surrounding area include timber, mining, and agriculture. The current unemployment rate hovers near the national average of 9.5 percent, but that is likely to change with several high-tech companies in the process of expanding upon their presence in the city. Boise has a unique city feature in the Boise River, a 75-mile-long tributary of the Snake River that runs right through the center of town. The Boise greenbelt with its tree-lined walkways and meandering river remind all of why Boise has been nick-named the "City of Trees".
Life in Boise
Boise has a metropolitan air with its stylish restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and a surprisingly lively nightlife. In contrast, the city sits among verdant forests and national parks and offers many options for outdoor fun such as hiking, camping, skiing in the local mountains, snowmobiling, and water sports at the 18-mile Arrowrock Reservoir just outside of town where people can fish, jet ski, and windsurf along 60 miles of shoreline. Other attractions include the Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise Little Theater, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, the Boise Zoo, and the Idaho State Capitol Building.
Crime in Idaho
The current crime rate in Boise is lower than the national average. Violent crimes affect barely four people per one thousand, compared with a national average of nearly five per thousand.
Housing in Boise
For those seeking property in Boise, current housing prices are slightly higher than in other areas. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $193,900, compared with $171,700 for the rest of Idaho, with lower and upper quartile values ranging from $152,700 to $274,900.
Mean price values as of July, 2009 are as follows:
- Detached houses - $234,874
- Townhouses or other attached units - $187,787
- In 2-unit structures - $166,200
- In 3-to-4-unit structures - $119,201
- In 5-or-more-unit structures - $167,239
- Mobile homes - $27,319
Climate in Boise
Boise is situated in a high-desert valley and therefore doesn’t get much snow. While the city goes through a four-season cycle, winters don’t get that cold and summers don’t get that hot. Like much of the Intermountain region, Boise maintains a dry climate. July is the hottest month, with an average maximum temp of 90F. January is the coldest month at 21.6F. Annual precipitation, mostly in the form of rain, averages 12.1 inches, with November being the wettest month.