The West’s best kept secret: Idaho. But the secret has spilled.
Boise, Idaho in particular encompasses a lot of open land and a quickly booming city. This city of nearly a quarter million people features almost non-existent crime, great schools, friendly people, and easy access to any outdoor activity you could dream of. Here are 6 reasons you might want to join the wave of new residents who are excited to call Boise home.
Idaho as a whole is one of the safest states in the country. In 2017, MSN voted Boise number 8 on the list of safest cities in the world. According to US News, Boise’s crime rate has even gone down over time.
Boise is located west of the Rocky Mountains and just north of the Great Basin deserts. The Boise River snakes through the city, lined by the Greenbelt which residents use for commuting, exercising, and playing. In Idaho, you can enjoy year-round outdoor adventures including hiking, skiing, cycling, and whitewater rafting. There are all sorts of landscapes, including forests, mountains, deserts, and farms.
There’s a lot to do in Boise, including attending the many festivals, parades, and museums. Each spring, the city hosts the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. There are also many theater groups who perform at the Boise Little Theater, the Boise Contemporary Theater, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. And the 208 Comedy Fest draws nationally known comedians every year. One of the most popular parades near Boise is the Eagle Fun Days Parade where kids can get candy, T-shirts, and see lots of animals. Other popular attractions are the Boise Art Museum, the Discovery Center of Idaho, and the Idaho Black History Museum.
One of the greatest things about Boise is that the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. Residents get to enjoy all four seasons here. Summer temperatures average at 71 degrees, while winter temperatures are around 32 degrees. Rain is minimal here, with an average of just 12 inches per year, and more than 200 sunny days a year. The snow situation in Boise is usually pretty minimal, but if you’re a snow lover, you can head up to the ski resort that’s just 25 minutes away.
For many years, Idaho got a bad rep when it came to education, but the statistics are changing. Boise has been praised for its great schools and educational opportunities. In 2016, several Boise, Idaho high schools were mentioned on the Washington Post’s list of most challenging schools. Boise State University is also located here, and grants more undergraduate degrees than any other university in the state of Idaho.
Boise can boast a low unemployment rate at 2.9%, which is 1.5% lower than the national average. The Wall Street Journal recently praised Boise as having one of the nation’s fastest-growing job markets. Boise has an increasing technology presence, and one of Boise’s biggest industries is healthcare.
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