Location of Boise, Idaho
Boise is located in Southwestern Idaho on the Boise River and nestled into foothills. Downtown Boise elevation rises to 2,704' ASL.
Boise is the state capital as well as the county seat for Ada County. Behind Portland and Seattle, Boise is the third largest metropolitan city in the US. Pacific Northwest. Estimates of the population of Boise reached over 223,000 in 2016. The city of Boise is considered part of the Treasure Valley which includes the five counties of Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee. It is rooted by the cities of Boise, Meridian and Nampa.
Top Place to Live, Work, Retire and More
Boise consistently ranks as a top city to live, work, retire, recreate and raise families. It is low in crime and offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation to stay healthy. Tourists and residents of Boise enjoy the range of terrain which includes canyons, rivers, mountains, deserts, lakes and meadows. Outdoor activities in Boise include climbing, whitewater rafting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, hunting and much more.
"As of the census of 2010, there were 205,671 people, 85,704 households, and 50,647 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,591.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,000.6/km2). There were 92,700 housing units at an average density of 1,168.1 per square mile (451.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.0% White, 1.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.1% of the population."
"There were 85,704 households of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44% were married couples living together, 10% had a woman householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a man householder with no wife present, and 41% were non-families. 31% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3."
"The median age in the city was 35. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 11% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 11% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49% men and 51% women." - Source Wikipedia
The location for several tech businesses, Boise is a hub for Micron, Hewlett Packard, Crucial, Cradlepoint, and Tsheets. It has also been an incubator for Boise Cascade LLC, Albertsons, J.R. Simplot company, WinCo Foods, IDA Corp., Bodybuilding.com and Clearwater Analytics.
Unique Basque History
First arriving for mining prospects, and then as sheepherders, the Basque community was established in Boise as far back as the late 1800s. It is estimated that the population living in Boise currently is approximately around 15,000 - the largest concentration of Basques in the nation.
Downtown Boise includes a city Basque Block with a museum, bar, and several restaurants. Every five years the Basque festival Jaialdi is held there and draws 40,000+ people from all over the world.
The current mayor is also Basque.
Boise State University
Boise's metropolitain research university, Boise State University began in 1932. The college's football team is now nationally recognized for is unique blue turf and for their incredible win of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.