Boise 81 Exceptional
Boise Livability #14 ranked city in Idaho#2,627 ranked city in the USARanks better than 91% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Boise Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Boise Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Idaho
991% less expensive than the US average
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Boise cost of living
B- Boise Crime Total crime is 43% higher than Idaho
Total crime
1,93318% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5218% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
4%Year over year crime is up
Boise crime
C- Boise Employment Household income is 6% higher than Idaho
Median household income
$52,2496% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,7983% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
Boise employment
B Boise Housing Home value is 14% higher than Idaho
Median home value
$191,0003% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$83412% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Boise real estate or Boise rentals
C+ Boise Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Idaho
High school grad. rates
91%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
52%7% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/a100% lower than the US average
Boise K-12 schools
C Boise User Ratings There are a total of 42 ratings in Boise
Overall user rating
65% 42 total ratings
User reviews rating
49% 11 total reviews
User surveys rating
78% 31 total surveys
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      Living in Boise, ID

      Located in the state of Idaho, Boise is a big city with a population of 218,677 inhabitants. At 89%, the majority of the Boise population is White; this is followed by 3% Asian and 2% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Boise might be a good fit as 76% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Living in Boise can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Idaho, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Boise and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Idaho and national averages.

      Boise has a livability score of 80/100 and is ranked #5 in Idaho and #1,709 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Boise could be a great choice! The cherry on top is that Boise also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Boise has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Boise, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Boise: Boise River Greenbelt, Old Idaho Penitentiary, and Zoo Boise.

      The Boise unemployment rate (1.26%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

      Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Boise has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

      Boise real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Boise. The median home price for Boise homes is $191,000, which is 13.8% higher than the Idaho average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Boise, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 8.8% higher than the Idaho average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Boise will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Boise, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 14.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.9%.

      Boise transportation information

      Average one way commute18min20min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.7%78.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.2%10.0%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%0.7%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.7%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.4%2.8%2.8%
      Working from home5.1%5.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Boise, ID data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).