Affordable Living

The Boise Valley has it all: great year-round weather, a thriving business community, breathtaking natural scenery, nationally recognized cultural events, and an outdoor playground that is second to none. But one thing we proudly lack is the high cost of living of some of our neighboring states. In fact, based on averages for housing, utilities, health care, transportation, groceries, and other services, Idaho’s cost of living is one of the lowest in the western states, according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index

  • Cost of living is 93.5 percent of the national average
  • Average cost of a home in 2013 was 87.3 percent of the national average
  • Consistently ranked by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine as one of the best places in the U.S. to live and work

Ryan Woodings, Founder and Chief GeekMetageek
"The quality of software engineers in Boise is high, while the cost of living is significantly lower than the tech meccas of Silicon Valley and Boston. Travel from Boise to most places in the West is quick and painless. Commute times are extremely short, so employees can spend their time innovating, instead of stuck in traffic."

HAVE QUESTIONS? ASK US.
Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
ckrause@bvep.org
Jana Jones
Director, Economic Development Services
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
jjones@bvep.org
Lisa Bloomquist
Marketing & Content Manager
Mobile: 208-340-6990
Phone: 208-472-5229
lbloomquist@bvep.org
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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