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The Boise Valley is a beautiful place to live, work, and play. A French word meaning “wooded,” Boise was named by early settlers due to its many trees. To this day, the official seal of Boise includes the words “City of Trees.” Boise is the capital and most populous city of Idaho, as well as the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, Boise is nestled on a high desert plain. The Boise Valley metropolitan area includes five counties with the state’s three largest cities; Boise, Nampa, and Meridian. Boise is the third most populous metropolitan area in the United States’ Pacific Northwest region, behind Seattle and Portland.

Low Costs for Business and Living

• The overall cost of doing business is nearly a third lower than California and Washington • Boise Metro cost of living is 92.5 percent of the national average; Housing is 88% of the national average; Misc. Goods & Services are 93.6% of the national average (Source: C2ER: The Council for Community and Economic Research) • The average cost of a home is approximately $297,500 in Ada County and $195,990 in Canyon County (Source: Boise Regional Realtors) • No tax on services 12

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High Quality of Life

• The Boise-Nampa area is ranked as one of the most secure large metropolitan areas in the U.S. out of 114 regions nationally with populations of over 500,000 (Farmers Insurance Group) • Average commute time is only 18 minutes • Four seasons of world-class outdoor recreation at your doorstep: skiing, hiking, cycling, fishing, rock climbing, rafting and more • A full complement of cultural amenities including the nationally recognized Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho and others • Excellent K-12 schools and post-secondary educational opportunities

Diversity

• Over 90 different languages are spoken in the Boise School District • Home to the second-largest Basque population in North America • Home to one of the oldest synagogues in the western United States • More than two dozen language courses available through local universities and community education programs • Annual diversity events and resources include PRIDE activities, Hispanic Cultural Center and Black History Museum

Climate

• Elevation (Boise): 2,730 feet • Annual days of sun:  234 • Annual precipitation:  12.1 inches • Annual snowfall:  21.4 inches • Average high temperature (July): 90.2 F; average low temperature (January):  21.6 F • Average afternoon humidity:  43%

Distance in miles from Boise to: Albuquerque, N.M., 965 Billings, Mont., 621 Cheyenne, Wyo., 735 Las Vegas, Nev., 629 Los Angeles, Calif., 846 Phoenix, Ariz., 995 Portland, Oregon, 425 Reno, Nev., 424 Salt Lake City, Utah, 338 San Diego, Calif., 938 San Francisco, Calif., 648 Seattle, Wash., 496

Government

Federal: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo 239 Dirksen Senate Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-6142 http://crapo.senate.gov

Profile for Boise Metro Chamber

2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...

2018 Boise Valley Spotlight Magazine  

The Boise Valley Spotlight magazine is our annual membership directory. Together with our publishing partner, the Idaho Statesman, we share...