The Boise Valley, which includes Ada and Canyon Counties, is where modern urban amenities mix with small town charm. A place where passersby still greet strangers with a smile, and offer visitors recommendations on the best bites or patio spots. Where connectivity to commerce coexists with vibrant cultural experiences and access to efficient entertainment.
Because with a river literally running through it, and a trail system that starts steps off the sidewalk, the lunch ride, stroll or cast is within a pedal, pace or paddle from your office or urban home. The curb appeal encompasses locally-owned boutiques, diverse dining spots, arts and culture venues, corporate headquarters and havens for entrepreneurs. Because here it is not about how work and life balance, but how work and life integrate seamlessly.
While Boise’s 150-years of urban history are evident on every block of our walkable downtown core - business leaders, city dwellers and designers have an eye on the future. Downtown is on the cusp of welcoming a gleaming new interactive creative center, hundreds of new housing units, a multi-modal center, expanded convention center and new corporate headquarters.
BOISE is the capital and most populous city of the state of Idaho, as well as the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River, it anchors the Boise City-Nampa metropolitan area. As of the 2010 Census, the population of Boise was 205,671. It is also the 99th largest U.S. city by population. The 2012 U.S. Census Population Estimates that 212,303 people reside within the city. The Boise metropolitan area is home to about 616,500 people and is the most populous metropolitan area in Idaho, containing the state’s three largest cities; Boise, Nampa, and Meridian. Boise City is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States’ Pacific Northwest region (behind only those of Seattle. Portland, and Spokane – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Combined Statistical Area). Time magazine listed Boise as #1 of eight other cities in a 2014 issue under the header “Solutions for America” as “Getting it right.”
DOWNTOWN BOISE is Boise’s cultural center and home to many small businesses and a few mid-rises. Centrally, 8th Street contains a pedestrian zone with sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The neighborhood is home to many local restaurants, bars and boutiques and supports a vibrant nightlife. Downtown Boise’s main attractions include the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street, the Boise Art Museum, and Zoo Boise located on the grounds of Julia Davis Park.
BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY, to the south of downtown Boise and its surrounding environs. The area is dominated by residential neighborhoods and businesses catering to the student population. The unique blue playing field at the 37,000-seat Bronco Stadium on the BSU campus, home to the Boise State Broncos football team, is a major city landmark.