Quick Facts

Growing Population

  • Comprised of the following communities: Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, Eagle, Star, Emmett, Garden City, Caldwell and Mountain Home
  • Total population within a 45-minute draw area: 650,000
  • 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 94.7 percent of the national average
  • The average cost of a home is 86.5% of the national average (Accra Cost of Living Index 2014)
  • 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 Metro than any other region in the country
  • Of the Boise Metro’s 330,000-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 

Click below to learn about the recent happenings in the Boise Valley.  The news features shared spotlight stories of growth, innovation and lifestyle in the Boise Metro.


National Rankings (for more click here)

#2 Top Up-And-Coming Cities for Recent College Grads
Forbes | June 2015

#5 Best City for Freelancers
Forbes via a Nerdwallet Study | June 2015  

#1 State for Job Growth | May 2015 

#2 Best City to Move to in 2015
SML | March 2015 

#1 City "Where the Jobs Will Be This Spring"
Forbes | March 2015 

#4 Best Travel-Worthy State Capital
USA Today | January 2015 

Top 10 Best Brunch Spots in America (The Fork, Boise)
Mens Journal | January 2015

#11, The 35 Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under
Vocativ | December 2014 

Best Under-The-Radar Destinations of 2015
Huffington Post | November 2014
"Boise is known as the best-kept secret in the West for a reason: This former military outpost along the Oregon Trail is a haven of unbeatable hiking, skiing, rafting and mountain biking. Boise proper has a handful of wineries, but it's worth the 40-mile drive into Snake River Valley, where life is officially complete upon drinking the 2010 Late Harvest Riesling."

#1 Lowest Cost of Doing Business in the Pacific U.S.
KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2014 


  • 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 Holland
Marketing & Content Manager
Mobile: 208-340-6990
Phone: 208-472-5229
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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