Boise, Idaho

Boise is a great place to live, work, go to school, and for raising a family. Besides the top ranked colleges, business opportunities, shopping, and a vibrant and friendly downtown, Boise is proud to offer some of the best recreation and outdoor activities in the United States. When you live in the Treasure Valley you are only minutes away from skiing, rafting, boating, fishing, hiking and more. Property values in Boise have been climbing since early 2012, however the average single family home in Boise is still very affordable, with the median price in Ada county hovering just over $200,000. The city of Boise has just over 215,000 people, and well over half a million people live in the greater metropolitan area (Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, and Caldwell make up the bulk of the population areas outside of the city of Boise).

Please contact me for more information outlining what Boise can offer for you- including city facts, business and school data, neighborhood reports, and real estate market information for each area of town. Whether you are wanting to buy your first single family home, or if you are downsizing to smaller house or property in Boise, I will be able to help find something that works for you. Call 208-521-4222

This is only some of the top ten lists that Boise has made it in over the last few years...

2014 - #1 for The 10 Best Cities to Move to in 2014 - #12 out of 100 for America's best places to live or visit


Money Magazine , November 2013 - Listed as one of the five Best Cities to Retire

AOL Real Estate - listed as one of the most crime-free cities in America


Men's Health Magazine, December 2012 -- No. 1 Best Cities for Men 2013, October 2012 -- No. 4 of Top 10 Downtowns in America

CNN Money, October 2012 -- No. 6 Most Inventive State

Outside Magazine, September 2012 -- No. 3 Best River Town in America

Forbes, April 2012 -- No. 2 Best City for Raising a Family

The Atlantic, March 2012 -- No. 6 America's Hottest Music City

KPMG Report, March 2012 -- No. 3 Lowest Cost of Business in Pacific Northwest

Brookings Institute, March 2012 -- Top 20 Fastest Recovering Cities

Sunset Magazine, February 2012 -- Fittest Towns of the West

CNN Money, February 2012 -- Top 10 Turnaround Towns

Women's Health/Men's Health, January 2012 -- No. 5 Healthiest City


The Fiscal Times, November 2011 -- Ten Best Places to Find A Job

CNN Travel, November 2011 -- Best College Football Stadiums, October 2011 -- No. 62 Best Sports Cities

Men's Health, October 2011 -- No. 13 America's Luckiest Cities

Allstate Insurance Company, September 2011 -- No. 2 Safest City for Driving in America

Urban Land Institute, September 2011 -- No. 8 Top 25 Metro Areas Gaining Kids

CNN Money, September 2011 -- 25 Best Places to Retire

CBS Market Watch, August 2011 -- No. 8 10 Best Places to live in the U.S.

RelocateAmerica, August 2011 -- No. 8 Top Ten Places to Live

USA Today, August 2011 -- 10 Great Places for Paddling in the City

MSN, August 2011 -- Great Cities for Cycling

Triathlete, August 2011 -- Best Places to Live 2011

The Daily Beast, July 2011 -- No. 10 Top Twenty Longest Living Cities

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011 -- No. 7 Long-Term Job Growth Rate

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011 -- No. 9 Top Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Moody's Analytics, April 2011 -- No. 17 of 384 Cities for Vitality

Men's Health, March 2011 -- No. 20 Most Socially Networked City

U-Haul International, Inc., February 2011 -- No. 2 Top Growth Towns for Families


Women's Health Magazine, December 2010 -- No. 7 Best Places for Women

Yahoo! Finance, September 2010 -- No. 6 Best Place to Retire

Outside Magazine, August 2010 -- Best Town in the Western U.S.: "Boise, to put it mildly, has been on a roll. Government, education, and health care remain core industries, but dozens of high-tech startups have moved to town, joining behemoths like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. And while its population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and jaded locals bemoan the sprawl, Boise has managed its growth impressively well: The city is home to nearly 2,000 acres of parks and a 25-mile greenbelt. The outlying areas feel a bit bland, but the older neighborhoods have that Boulder vibe—cruiser bikes, farmers' markets, and prayer flags—only with reasonably priced homes.", June 2010 -- No. 16 Most Innovative City

Life Magazine, June 2010 -- No. 8 Most Underrated City in the West

Forbes Magazine, May 2010 -- No. 9 Best Places for Business and Careers:

Sunset Magazine, February 2010 In the West: 20 Towns of the Future


Market Watch, December 2009  --  #6 Best U.S. Cities for Business

Brookings, June 2009  --  Bootstrapping High Tech: Evidence from three Emerging High Technology Metropolitan Areas:  "Idaho may be an unlikely state for high-technology development but it largest metropolitan area, Boise, has developed an entrepreneurial and innovative technology community." Boise is remarkable. Christopher Leinberger

Brookings Institute Scholar, April 2009 --  Best Downtown in the Rocky Mountain West, March 2009  --   Boise, Idaho: Big Skies and Colorful Characters, "Boise is still so young and new- changing almost every day- and I don't think it's an overstatement to suggest that our town represents everything that remains great about America: potential youth natural beauty, quality of life.", March 2009 -- No. 8 Best Mid-size Metropolitan Area, February 2009 -- No. 5 Best Places to Start a Small Business

Landscape & Hardscape Construction, February 2009  --  Redevelopment and Renewal, firm transforms cities by design: " Private development doesn't do this on its own" (public infrastructure) "to remake a city."


National League of Cities, November 2008  -- Award for Municipal Excellence

Business Week Magazine, November 2008 --  "Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2009"

Food and Wine Magazine, November 2008  --  "Across the U.S., restaurateurs are opening ever-more-casual places. I've seen it in New York, Chicago, San Francisco…and now Boise, Idaho."

American Planning Association, October 2008 -- "North End" Top 10 Neighborhoods in the Country

Rock & Ice Magazine, September 2008  --  No. 2, "Best Places to Go Bouldering"

Sperlings, August 2008  -- No. Most Secure U.S. Place, July 2008  --  Rocky Mountain High Tech, Employers know they'll find a high proportion of college graduates here (37%) compared with the national average of 37%) and new hires will find affordable housing…  (t)he area also cradles smaller technology and e-commerce forms, which come to make the most of low business costs - about a third less than in California or Washington.

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, July 2008 -- "...But Idaho's capital alone offers many jewels for adventurous travelers."

Brookings Institute Economic Vitality Report, June 2008  -- No. 1 Economic Vitality Among U.S. Metro Areas

MSNBC, June 2008 --  No. 2 Top 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Boston Globe, June 2008  --  "Best Urban Parks," Boise River Greenbelt: "...this riverfront park was reclaimed in the 1960s and transformed into a haven for outdoor lovers, with 25 miles of pathways geared to walkers, runners, skaters, bikers.", May 2008 -- No. 4 Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play

Brookings Institution, May 2008  --  No. 5 Lowest Carbon Footprint

Forbes Magazine, March 2008 -- No. 13 Best Places for Business and Careers

Forbes, March 2008  --  Boise is No. 9 for business careers. Of cities in the top 10, only Boise and Raleigh N.C. have been the most consistent top performers in recent years.

CNN, 2008  --  Top 100 best places to live and launch, Boise #19

American Planning Association, 2008   --   Boise's North End: "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2008"

U.S. Department of Transportation, 2008  --  Boise State University: "Best Workplace for Commuters"

(Most of the above list was compiled directly from The City of Boise's Government website, titled Boise - List of Lists, at

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