Boise

A bustling and thriving metro famous for its green spaces.

Welcome to Boise

A lively and thriving city in southwest Idaho
 


 
Perched on the Boise River, Boise is the most populous metropolitan area in the state as well as its capital. Both a bustling metro and famous for its green spaces, Boise is the ideal location for those who crave the buzz of city life without the sacrifice of fresh air and natural landscapes.
 
As Idaho’s earliest settlers were traversing the desert in the Pacific West, they were overjoyed to come across the “City of Trees,” a nickname they quickly bestowed upon this jewel of Treasure Valley. The city then grew into an essential stop on the Oregon Trail until the late 1800s, when Idaho was given statehood.
 
Today, Boise is dotted with ranch-style houses as well as Craftsman, Colonial, and Tudor-style houses that create a neighborhood feel throughout the dense suburban area. Boasting a low cost of living in addition to the allure of a major city, it’s no wonder Boise was named the number one place to live in the United States for millennials in 2019.
 

What to Love

  • Game nights watching the Boise State Broncos football team
  • The Boise Greenbelt, which offers 25 miles of park
  • 8th Street, which contains a pedestrian zone of cafes and restaurants

People and Lifestyle

Boise is the perfect blend of city charm and timeless storefronts. This vibrant feel is evident in the cultural center of downtown, where one can stroll down Main Street surrounded by historic masonry buildings in the Renaissance revival style that frame the Boise Capitol Building. Mid rises dot the expanding downtown, feeding into that lively atmosphere.
 
Three of every four people who move to Idaho are below the age of 50. Because Boise is both urban and suburban, its residents hail from a range of backgrounds, though a significant portion of recent transplants come from California, chasing a more affordable but still exciting lifestyle for their professional careers.
 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment 

Between the young population and Boise being a college town, it makes sense that the downtown and other areas are flourishing with trendy cafes, dining establishments, and unique eateries.
 
Take a stroll around the downtown neighborhoods to come across a plethora of shops, such as City Center Wines, a boutique shop that takes advantage of Boise’s proximity to Idaho’s wine country. Or utilize the city’s bike-friendly layout and cycle over to Banana Ink, a clothing store that caters to Idaho enthusiasts and makes everyone, native or not, feel at home.
 
After fulfilling all your shopping needs, head to one of the numerous dining options where you can replenish your energy. Try out the Barbacoa Grill, a themed restaurant that boasts not only incredible food but an art gallery and a museum as well. Or enjoy the mild weather on a walk over to Boise Fry Company, which prepares the staple burgers and fries in natural, organic, and delicious ways.
 

Things to Do

Boise’s unique blend of a college town, historic city, and booming population means there’s never a shortage of things to do.
 
Take a short drive from downtown to Boise Spectrum, a complex that houses Idaho’s biggest movie theater, only IMAX screen, and myriad sports bars, shops, and restaurants. Once that whets your appetite, head on over to Boise Towne Square, which is home to many of the world’s favorite brands.
 
The city is also home to many popular events and festivals. Snag a breath of fresh air at the Boise Farmers Market. And if that’s not enough time spent outdoors, try Lucky Peak State Park, which hosts biking, fishing, swimming, boating, biking, and more. Table Rock trail features gorgeous wildflowers native to Idaho. Be sure not to miss the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, a show-stopping summer-long celebration of the performing arts.
 

Schools

Boise is home to excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
 
  • Boise State University, which contains the largest graduate school in the state
  • Boise High School, the number one public high school in Idaho
  • Rolling Hills Public Charter School
  • Capital High School

Overview for Boise, ID

240,627 people live in Boise, where the median age is 38.5 and the average individual income is $37,476.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

240,627

Total Population

38.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$37,476.37

Average individual Income

Around Boise, ID

There's plenty to do around Boise, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

66
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
91
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
26
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Los Reyes De La Torta, Acme Bakeshop, and Shadow Puppet.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.83 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.65 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.14 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.34 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.14 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.46 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Boise, ID

Boise has 99,219 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Boise do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 240,627 people call Boise home. The population density is 576.65 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

240,627

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

38.5

Median Age

50 / 50%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
99,219

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$37,476.37

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Boise, ID

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The following schools are within or nearby Boise. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Rolling Hills Public Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Idaho Connects Online Alternative School
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Sage International School Of Boise
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
The Village Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
Capital Senior High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
Highlands Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
Hillcrest Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Hillside Junior High School
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
2/5
Lowell Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Maple Grove Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Monroe Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Owyhee Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Roosevelt Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
Valley View Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Washington Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Treasure Valley Math/Science
PUBLIC
4th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
4/5
Pioneer School Of The Arts
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Lowell Scott Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Cecil D Andrus Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Frontier Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Foothills School Of Arts & Sciences
PRIVATE
PreK - 9th
No rating available
St Marks Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Northview Montessori Preschool And Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Boise Girls Academy-Teen Challenge Pacific Northwe
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Five Mile Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
iSUCCEED VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Collister Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
South Junior High School
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
No rating available
Whittier Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Riverglen Junior High School
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
1/5
Joplin Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Pepper Ridge Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Hillside Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 1st
No rating available
Peace Valley Charter School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
Horizon Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Borah Senior High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
Koelsch Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Longfellow Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
5/5
Mountain View Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Whitney Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Morley Nelson Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
1/5
Ustick Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Eliza Hart Spalding Stem Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Bishop Kelly High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Joseph's Catholic School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
The Children's School Of Boise
PRIVATE
PreK - 1st
No rating available
Cole Valley Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Inspire Virtual Charter School
PUBLIC
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Empower Connections Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Fairmont Junior High School
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
No rating available
Garfield Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Jefferson Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Pierce Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Taft Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Les Bois Junior High School
PUBLIC
6th - 9th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
Shadow Hills Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Timberline High School
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
5/5
Liberty Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
White Pine Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
2/5
Cynthia Mann Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
Ada County Juvenile Center
PUBLIC
5th - 12th
No rating available
Grace Jordan Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
No rating available
McMillan Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Summerwind School Of Math And Science
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Presidio High School
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Rose Hill Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Sacred Heart Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Calvary Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Learning Treeinc
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Parkcenter Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Riverstone International School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Lakewood Montessori
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Riverside Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Hawthorne Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 6th
3/5
North Junior High School
PUBLIC
7th - 9th
4/5
Wesleyan Preschool & Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available

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