Boise Idaho cool tips and facts for Idahos capital city
Boise is the largest city in the great State of Idaho and is in the county of Ada nestled in the pacific northwest. This large vastly untapped gem of a state by the way thats the state motto (The Gem State) is a terrific place to live, vacation and of course raise a family.
The 2006 census bureau puts the population of Boise at around 198,638 but it still feels larger than that and growing quickly. The metropolitan area of Boise is estimated to have 635,450 inhabitants, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Idaho. The metro area would include the cities of Boise, Meridian and Nampa which are the three largest cities in the state. This would also be the area that is know as the Treasure Valley that stretches from Boise to the western border of Oregon.
When you live in Boise you will get to experience four distinct seasons of the year some people love it and some dont. Winters are typically cold and summers can be very hot in the month of August that has a typical stretch of 100 degree weather for a good couple of weeks.
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Boise was not immune to the housing bubble it too now has an oversaturation of home on the market with prices dropping. Along with overbuilding that you saw in a number of other rapidly growing cities in the country like Las Vegas and Souther California. With that being said the housing market has seemed to stabilize a bit.
When you live in this part of the country there are a multitude of outdoor activities to participate in and enjoy. Summer provides hot weather for water sports and the winter provides snow sports with some of the best skiing in the world. Resorts like Sun Valley, McCall, Schweitzer Mountain and Jackson Hole is about a five hour drive from Boise.
Farming is a very large part of the local and state economy in Idaho and yes we still produce a large amount of our famous potatoes. But Idaho has become a high tech force to be reckoned with, with companies like Micron Inc. that employees approximately 20,000 worldwide. There are also a number of start up tech companies that reside and are headquartered in Boise.
Having moved to Boise from Seattle something you will notice is that your insurance premiums will go down quite substantially. Idaho Insurance rates are lower than major metro areas if you have clean records that is, why though I’m not sure but its nice to save that money!
If you are looking to move to the Boise Area or vacation here rest assured you will find something that you will bound to fall in love with like I have.