Quick Facts

Growing Population

  • Comprised of the following communities: Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Eagle, Star, Emmett, Garden City, Caldwell and Mountain Home
  • Total population within a 45-minute draw area: 632,000--32 percent growth since 2000
  • Idaho is among the top five fastest growing states in the nation (National Census Bureau)

Low Costs for Business and Living

  • The overall cost of doing business is nearly a third lower than California and Washington
  • The cost of living is 96 percent of the national average
  • The average cost of a home is approximately $155,000 in Ada County and $79,000 in Canyon County (compared to a national average of $226,000)
  • No tax on services

Trained and Productive Workforce

  • Workforce within a 45-minute draw area: 330,000
  • Average age: 33.1 years
  • More patents are generated per capita in the Boise Valley than any other region in the country
  • Of the Boise Valley’s 280,000-person workforce, nearly 110,000 are degreed workers

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, Trey McIntyre Project, Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho and others
  • Excellent K-12 schools and post-secondary educational opportunities


  • 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 the Soul Food Extravaganza, PRIDE activities, Hispanic Cultural Center and Black History Museum

Accessible Transportation

  • Bisected by Interstate 84 and Interstate 184
  • Boise Airport serves more than 3,000,000 people a year and is less than five miles from downtown Boise
  • ValleyRide provides public bus transportation throughout the Boise Valley
  • Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad (INPR) provides freight service over four branch lines in southwestern Idaho and northeastern Oregon

National Rankings


  • 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%
Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Jana Jones
Director, Economic Development Services
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
Lisa Bloomquist
Marketing & Content Manager
Mobile: 208-340-6990
Phone: 208-472-5229
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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