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Welcome to Boise

Just the Facts


There are between 40,000-50,000 trees in Boise's (aka The City of Trees) parks and city right of way.

Not only is Boise the capital city of Idaho, but it's also the hub of the Treasure Valley--from business and politics to arts and culture. The city is home to Boise State University, a vibrant downtown filled with shops and restaurants, and enough neighborhoods to fit all tastes. From the narrow, tree-lined streets of North Boise to the home-filled expanses of West Boise to the open desert of South Boise, this is a growing city.

Residents find culture at the Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Zoo Boise and Idaho Shakespeare Festival near the heart of the city. Outdoor recreationists trek the miles of trails in the Foothills and along the Greenbelt, drop a line in the Boise River or play in the new whitewater park.

The city is marking its 150th birthday in 2013, and with new buildings changing the city's skyline, it's clear that while the City of Trees may have added a few rings to its trunk, it's not feeling its age.

By the Numbers</p>

Population (2011 estimate) : 210,145

Population growth (April 1, 2010-July 1, 2011) : 2.2 %

Square miles of land area (2010) : 79.36

Language other than English spoken at home : 10.3 %

High-school graduate or higher : 93.2 %

Bachelor's degree or higher : 36.9 %

Mean travel to work (minutes) : 17.5

Housing units (2010) : 92,700

Homeownership rate (2007-2011) : 61.5 %

Median value of owner-occupied housing units : $197,900

Median household income : $49,516

Persons below the poverty line : 13.7 %

Data from U.S. Census Bureau