The Boise Metropolitan area has a population of just over 660,000 people, with Boise being the county seat in Ada county and largest city in the state. There are many great reasons to live in Boise.
Idaho ranks as one of the lowest in the western states in the area of affordability according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index. Boise doesn't come with the usual metropolitan area traffic, either. There’s an commute time of 20.2 minutes, that's 20 percent faster than the national average and far less than other western cities. There is also alternate transportation by the Boise River greenbelt and tons of bike lanes.
Boise's downtown area is popular with bikers and walkers. The streets are safe and easy to navigate. There are a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment options including a zoo, a movie theater, and museums.
Boise State University is located in the South End of Boise where a large portion of the student population lives. For families, the area live in is the North End. It’s an exclusive neighborhood of older, historic homes, and tree-lined streets. In 2008, Boise’s North End was named one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods in the country.
The Boise housing market, as a whole, has recovered substantially since the market crashed. Boise real estate has seen an increase of over 25 percent in average price growth. Low unemployment numbers, increased job growth and a below average local foreclosure rate all add to the Boise housing market’s appeal. The median home price in the Boise housing market is $178,700. While below the national average, it appreciated 12.7 percent over the course of a year. Over the last three years, it has appreciated by as much as 42.7 percent, well above the already impressive national average of 28.8 percent.
Boise is full of history, charm and culture, the kind of which you won’t find in any other city. Boise is a top destination and there are plenty of reasons to consider moving there, the least of which, it's a great place to live!