Area Relocation Resources

The Boise area is a great place to live and raise a family. Whether it's the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. Good jobs, affordable housing and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown all add up to a great place to live!

Idaho at a Glance

Capital: Boise
Nickname: Gem State
Bird: Mountain Bluebird
Tree: Western White Pine
Largest City: Boise
Neighboring States: Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Official State Website:

Official Contact Information

Idaho Division of Tourism Development
700 West State Street, Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-2470

Business, Civic and Community Resources:

Utilities

Transition services:

General:

Fiscal Year 2006 Median Family Income

2006 Median Family Income for Boise, ID is $56,100.
Moderate Income Guidelines (80% of Median Income)
Family Size  Annual Gross Income
1 person $32,250
2 persons $36,900
3 persons $41,500
4 persons $46,100
5 persons $49,800
6 persons $53,500
7 persons $57,150
8 persons $60,850
  
 Low Income Guidelines (50% of Median Income)
Family Size  Annual Gross Income
1 person $20,150
2 persons $23,000
3 persons $25,900
4 persons

$28,800

5 persons $31,100
6 persons $33,400
7 persons $35,700
8 persons $38,000
 
Very-Low Income Guidelines (30% of Median Income)
Family Size  Annual Gross Income
1 person $12,100
2 persons $13,850
3 persons $15,550
4 persons $17,300
5 persons $18,700
6 persons $20,050
7 persons $21,450
8 persons $22,850

Source: Community Development Block Grant Program, Boise Planning & Development Services Department.

Housing

Homes and home prices in the Boise area are diverse. Whether your budget and taste are geared toward restored Victorian mansions, contemporary new construction, starter homes, condominiums or apartment living - from welcoming neighborhoods to downtown living - Boise has something to offer you.

The median cost of a home in Ada County in the fourth quarter of 2002 was $141,142. The median cost of a home in Canyon County during the same period was $96,523. The average apartment rent in the Boise area is $702.

Population Estimates by City Limits

Ada County
Year Boise Eagle Garden City Kuna Meridian Star Unincorporated Total
2006 211,473 20,131 12,074 12,647 66,565 4,594 55,830 383,314
2005 208,219 18,428 11,914 10,587 56,108 3,028 53,200 361,484
2004 200,062 16,418 11,675 9,696 47,690 2,552 58,118 346,212
2003 195,931 14,144 11,589 8,649 42,481 2,243 58,772 333,809
2002 193,085 13,380 11,124 7,386 39,744 2,116 56,326 323,161
2000 (Census) 185,787 11,085 10,624 5,382 34,919 1,795 51,312 300,904
1999 170,327 7,923 9,659 4,007 28,679 1,378 52,785 274,757
1998 168,258 7,246 9,087 3,398 26,421 1,195 51,381 266,987
1997 166,647 6,590 9,018 2,919 24,415 929 50,188 260,707
1996 163,493 6,236 8,769 2,584 21,873 802 49,280 253,037
1995 155,443 5,405 7,891 2,246 18,863 725 56,642 247,213
1994 148,996 4,669 7,082 2,065 16,561 708 56,977 237,058
1990 (Census) 125,738 3,327 6,369 1,955 9,596 648 58,142 205,775

Education

Boise area residents know the secret to success lies in education, which is a high priority locally and statewide. Approximately two-thirds of the state's general fund is allocated to education.

Idaho’s students consistently place well above the national average on ACT, SAT and other achievement tests. More than 96 percent of Idaho’s school-age children attend public schools, demonstrating a high level of public confidence and ensuring a demographically balanced student population.

The Boise MSA (Ada and Canyon counties) ranks among the top third of U.S. metro areas for percentage of adults who have attained a bachelors degree or higher.

Entertainment/Recreation

Abundant entertainment and recreation opportunities and a low crime rate make Boise an ideal place to live and raise children. Residents can ski, run rivers, camp, fish, hunt and enjoy many outdoor activities within a day's drive.

The Boise River runs through downtown Boise, inviting fly fishermen and rafters to its waters, and the scenic beauty of the 25-mile Greenbelt along the river's edge attracts those who enjoy biking, running, walking and observing wildlife.

Parks & Recreation

The Boise area has a number of outstanding parks and facilities with plenty of opportunity for recreational and family activities, including golf, boating, youth athletics, softball, football and baseball, biking, skating or just picnicking. The Boise River Greenbelt is located on both banks of the Boise River, covering over 16 acres and providing more than 25 miles of paved and graveled paths for walkers, bikers, skaters, joggers and runners. For those wanting to experience the great outdoors, our mountains, deserts, lakes and rivers offer year-round recreation.

Rich forests, punctuated by clear, high mountain lakes, stand in contrast to the quiet beauty of high desert plains. The Boise area abounds with recreational and scenic resources within a short trek from downtown.

Industry

The Treasure Valley economy is strong due to a healthy mix of business, education, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government and the military and professional communities - all working together to provide stability and promise for more than 380,000 residents. The natural resource industries are central to the well-being of the area.

Tourism is a major growth factor of the Idaho economy. Idaho is an exquisite state, beautiful from every angle. People come to the area to ski, float the wild rivers, hunt, fish and camp. The newest industry added to the mix is the high tech manufacturing that has provided strong growth in recent years.

A regional trade and commerce center, the area draws people from three states - eastern Oregon, northern Nevada and southern Idaho - a combined population of over 550,000 people. The professional community is central to Boise's identity and integrity. Some of the area's most talented professionals were drawn here because this is a beautiful city in a beautiful land.

The Boise Metro Area, with its stable business costs and diverse economy has over 18,000 businesses, more than a dozen corporate headquarters and four Fortune 500 companies.

The Boise-Nampa MSA (Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, and Owyhee Counties) is centrally located, has competitive and stable business costs, a diverse economy, a high quality of life and stunning natural surroundings. This unique combination of factors makes the area a place where businesses thrive.

Within the Boise MSA there are over 18,000 businesses and more than a dozen corporate headquarters - four of which are Fortune 500 companies. The Metro Area consists of several cities and over 512,000 people. Also, the Boise MSA has strong economic ties with adjacent counties with a Designated Market Area (DMA) totaling 603,700.

Health Care

The Boise MSA offers world-class health care to its citizens.

Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke's Regional Medical Centers, located in Boise, maintain the latest in state-of-the-art technology, excellent nursing and support staffs, and offer numerous health and wellness programs to the community.

West Valley Medical Center, located in Caldwell serves many western Idaho communities in Canyon County. Mercy Medical Center is a 152-bed acute care facility located in Nampa, Idaho.

Worship

The Boise area is a great place to live and raise a family. Whether it's the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none.

Boise also offers an abundant variety of worship opportunities for individuals and families. Boise reflects a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in it's diverse blend of worship meetings, ministries and services.

Here is a list of Relocation Resources From the Boise Chamber of Commerce.

Newcomer's Facts and Information

Idaho 's area code is 208
Better Business Bureau 208-342-4649
Boise Area Chamber of Commerce 208-344-1515
Boise Visitors Center 208-344-7777
Boise Municipal Airport 208-383-3110
Boise Senior Citizen Center 208-345-9921
Motor Vehicles Department 208-377-6520
Public Schools 208-338-3400
Job Service 208-334-6233
Social Security Office 800-772-1213
Welcome Wagon 208-331-2101
Voting Information 208-364-2323

Banks & Mortgage Companies:

Bank of America 387-2080
Boise River Mortgage 327-8804
Chase Manhattan 375-7225
Farmers & Merchants State Bank 343-7848
First Security Bank of Idaho 393-1200
Home Federal Savings & Loan 342-1557
Interwest Mortgage 376-5030
Key Bank of Idaho 334-7212
Norwest Mortgage 377-5626
US Bank 800-872-2657

Movers:

Air Van North American 345-3030
Atlas Van Lines 376-8990
Bekins Northwest 344-5506
Compton Transfer & Storage 331-3800
Global Van Lines 344-1100
Mayflower 336-5300
United Van Lines 336-7000
Peasley Transfer & Storage 375-0961