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: 689,013 (Applied Geographic Solutions Estimate 2016)
  • 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 92.5 % of the national average (C2ER Cost of Living Index 2017)
  • The average cost of a home is 87.9% of the national average (C2ER Cost of Living Index 2017)
  • 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, TreeFort, LED, 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)

Meridian #1 City for New Home Sales
Curbed | January 2017

Top 25 Best Performing Cities
Milken Institute | December 2016

Meridian #2 Best City to Live In
24/7 Wall St. | October 2016

#1 Lowest Cost Metro in Pacific U.S.
KPMG Competitive Alternatives | April 2016 

Top 10 Best Air Quality
Realtor.com | April 2016 

#6 Best Place to Live 
U.S. News & World Report | March 2016

#3 Best Cities for Jobs this Spring
Business Insiders | March 2016

Top 20 Americas Fastest Growing Cities
Forbes | March 2016

Top 10 Best Places to Live 2016 - "The Revamped Rocky Mountain City"
Men's Journal | March 2016 

#6 Best Downtown
Livability | March 2016 

Hot Cities for Cool Downtown Meetings
Smart Meetings | February 2016 

Top 10 Best Capital City
WalletHub | February 2016 

Top 5 Places for Millennial Startups
Tech.co | February 2016 



  • 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
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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