Forbes Magazine recently named Boise as their fifth pick in the top ten cities to live in and raise a family nation-wide. And why not? Boise has a good balance between income and cost of living, great schools, not much crime, and beautiful scenery. Here are some of the reasons people love living in Boise.
Reals estate prices in Boise are reasonable. You can buy more house for less money than you would in many other areas. For that matter, almost everything that you need or want to purchase is less expensive in Boise.
Boise residents are typically courteous, helpful and outgoing. There’s also a great sense of community spirit.
Schools at all levels are very good, and students can earn college credits in high school. Boise is home to Boise State University, which offers undergrad, masters, and doctoral degree programs.
Boise has a very low crime rate. Additionally, because of the community spirit that characterizes Boise, you can be sure that if your neighbors see anything out of the ordinary, they’ll let you know.
Boise is a city, and yet it’s relatively isolated. This makes it possible to enjoy a slower pace than you’d find in other urban areas without losing any of the benefits of city living.
There’s no shortage of places to eat in Boise. You’ll find Indian, Mexican, Greek, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian and more, along with all the major national chain restaurants.
Arts and Entertainment
Boise has a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the finer things in life when it comes to the arts and entertainment. You can enjoy the Shakespeare Festival, the Boise Philharmonic, and visit the Boise Art Museum. There’s no shortage of local musical talent, and Boise is also becoming a popular destination for major touring musicians.
Boise is very temperate. In the summer, the average temperature is in the neighborhood of 71 degrees – not too hot and not too cold. In winter, the average temperature is 32 degrees, and there’s not much snow. Boise doesn’t get a great deal of rain.
Despite the lack of snow in the winter, anyone who likes skiing can hit the slopes in about 25 minutes, with the Rocky Mountains being located just to the east of Boise. The Boise area also has three major rivers close by, and the Great Basin deserts in the southern regions. There are plenty of golf courses, and numerous forest trails for people who love to hike. Whatever you like to do outdoors, you’ll find opportunities in the Boise area.
Several environmental destinations and parks have also been created in the Boise area. The Greenbelt offers approximately 28 miles of walking paths, and the M-K Nature Center and the Idaho Botanical Garden also offer venues where one can enjoy nature.
Is it any wonder Boise is in the top ten? When you consider all that Boise has to offer, it makes perfect sense.