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 96.1 percent of the national average
- Average cost of a home in 2012 was 84.4 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 Geek, Metageek
"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."