Workforce & Demographics

Consistently in the top ten metros for in-migration, the Boise Metro is undoubtedly on the short list for cool places to relocate - and you can bring the whole family along. New graduates, young families and retirees have all found the good life here.

It feels like all eyes are on the Boise Metro as a great place to move, but those graduating from Idaho colleges and universities see it as a great place to stay, too. Our metro is in the top 10 for retaining college graduates, even in specific sectors like technology where Boise State’s computer science program retains 95 percent of in-demand grads.

We’re proud of the 355,000 dynamic individuals that make up our workforce. The best part is, these people sincerely love to live here. We invite you to give them a job they will love, too.


In-migration tracks the flow of new residents into the Boise Metro. In 2017, nearly 40,000 people moved into the Boise Metro. These In-migration charts point to where these folks came from and how old they are. About 1 in 6 people moving into the Boise Valley are from other counties in Idaho. Of those moving from outside of the state, over 7 out of 10 are under 45 years old.

Net Migration

Net migration measures the migration both into and out-of the Boise Metro. The Boise Metro has the fastest net migration rate of any US Metro* outside of Florida. Eighty-two percent of the migration, on net, is arriving from outside of Idaho. Of these out-of -state movers, 60 percent of them, on net, are made up of people under 45 years old, and one in three new residents are between 20 and 44.

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