Located within the Mountain West, Boise is one of America’s most livable cities. The Mountain West itself is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Most of that growth happened in Idaho’s urban counties, including Ada County, where the Boise campus is located.
Urban Culture in a Small City
This small city offers the culture and entertainment of a larger urban area in a place that feels a little like everyone’s hometown. Boise is home to community and professional theater groups, a philharmonic orchestra as well as opera, ballet, and Shakespeare companies. Museums are plentiful and include the World Center for Birds of Prey; a nature center and river observatory; one of three remaining territorial penitentiaries; a botanical garden with a new theme garden highlighting native plants discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition; a hands-on science center plus historical, art, and African-American history museums. For sports enthusiasts, Boise is home to the Boise Hawks (minor league baseball), the Idaho Stampede (NBA Development League), and the Idaho Steelheads (minor league ice hockey).
In Boise, culture and entertainment exist in harmony with abundant outdoor recreation. Along the Boise River, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial offers a tranquil spot for a moment of reflection. Summer brings long days when a workday can easily be followed by a round of golf, a bike ride or stroll on the 25-mile Greenbelt river path. Winter offers day and night skiing just 16 miles up the mountain.
Affordable and Safe
Boise is affordable and is rated among the safest cities in the nation. Boise has received the following accolades:
- MSNBC: #2 in Top 10 Places to Live in US
- Kiplinger’s: #4 in Top 10 Places to Live, Work, and Play
- Wall Street Journal: #6 in Top Business Oriented Cities
- Fortune Small Business: #6 in Top Tech Launching Pads
- Inc.: #9 in Best Midsize Cities for Doing Business
- Forbes: #2 in Best Places for Business and Careers
Boise has a diverse economy. The city began as a mining-supported community and matured around an agricultural economy. Today, Ada County is headquarters for six major corporations with a combined annual sales volume exceeding $17 billion. The corporate headquarters group includes Winco, Boise Cascade, LLC, Washington Group International, Trus-Joist-A Weyerhaeuser Business, Albertson’s, the J.R. Simplot Company, and Micron Technology. This sector of the economy is joined by wholesale and retail trade, government, a growing services sector and increasing manufacturing activity, including high-tech firms like Hewlett-Packard and Micron. National, regional, and local banks are all well represented in Boise and there is also significant activity in real estate, brokerage, insurance, and other financial concerns. The area’s cost of living – among the lowest in the entire West - continues to attract new business and industry to Idaho’s capital city.