Workforce & Demographics

Consistently in the top 10 metros for net 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. In 2017, our metro was in the top 10 for retaining college graduates, even in specific sectors like technology where Boise State’s computer science program retains 88% of in-demand grads.

We’re proud of the 386,320 dynamic individuals that made up our labor force. 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 2018, over 39,000 people moved into the Boise Metro. The below in-migration charts point to where these folks came from and how old they are. One in five people moving to the Boise Metro are from other counties in Idaho. Of those moving from outside of Idaho, 3 out of 4 are under 50 years old.

Net Migration

Net migration measures the migration both into and out-of the Boise Metro. In 2019, the Boise Metro had the fastest rate of net migration of any U.S. Metro* outside of Florida. 93% of the migration, on net, is arriving from outside of Idaho. Of these out-of-state movers, over 60%, on net, is made up of people under 50 years old, and 1 in 3 new residents, on net, is between 20 and 49 years old.

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