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 C2ER Cost of Living Index

  • Cost of living is 92.5 percent of the national average
  • Average cost of a home in 2017 was 87.9 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
Interested in seeing a cost comparison between two metros?  Send us a note and we'd be happy to share more information and insights.

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."

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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