About the Boise Region


Considering a move or visit to the Boise region? Here are some quick facts from Boise Valley Economic Partnership.

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 91.5 % of the national average (Accra Cost of Living Index 2016)
  • The average cost of a home is 81.7% of the national average (Accra Cost of Living Index 2016)
  • 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

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Planning a visit to the Boise Region? Check out the Boise Visitor Guide from the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau for information about the area and ideas on what to do when you get here! Request a physical copy here.