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Overview

Introduction to Boise

Boise, Idaho, the state capital, is the largest city in Idaho and the center of commerce and politics for the state. It is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and residents enjoy many outdoor activities from skiing to boating. The terrain surrounding the city is very mixed and includes desert, rivers, mountains, and lakes. Boise State University is found in the city and has over 15,000 students. Boise's downtown area is at an elevation of 2704 feet. There are a number of large corporations that call Boise home, including Albertsons, Micron Technology, and Hewlett-Packard.

Boise Culture

Boise is known as the regional hub for music and performing arts. Jazz is big here, with the Gene Harris Jazz Festival happening every spring. A range of museums provide something for every art lover and history buff, including the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Theater is also popular in Boise with a number of theater groups working in the city, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre, and the Boise Contemporary Theatre. Boise is also home to a large Basque population, numbering 15,000, that adds to the city's cultural diversity. Every five years, the community holds a large Basque festival called Jaialdi.

Boise Sports and Leisure

Boise has a substantial sports scene that includes the minor league baseball short-season Class A team the Boise Hawks. The Idaho Steelheads play for the ECHL, and the Idaho Stampede compete in the Continental Basketball Association. College sports can be seen at Boise State University. Bronco Stadium is a 30,000-seat football facility featuring a blue AstroPlay field. Taco Bell Arena has 12,000 seats and is home to basketball games, and the MPC Computers Bowl football game is held annually. Bosie City Parks have a wide range of leisure activities available to the public, including bowling, football, golf, swimming, and tennis.

Boise Outdoors

The Boise area features a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking and biking just north of the downtown area. The city has an urban trail system known as the Boise River Greenbelt, and the Boise River also serves as a recreational venue for fishing, swimming, and rafting. For those after some winter outdoor fun, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort offers cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing - and it is just 16 miles from the city. There are a number of motorized and non-motorized biking trails surrounding the city. Rafting and river tours are available on the Boise River. There are a number of guest ranches offering ranch experience getaways including horseback riding. Hunting and fishing are popular activities in the mountains and foothills near Boise.

Boise at Night

When the sun goes down in Boise, there is quite a variety of activities to provide entertainment and enjoyment to just about anyone. Dining out in Boise features a host of high-quality restaurants, such as four-star fine dining restaurants, ethnic eateries, trendy coffeehouses, or casual steak and potato diners. In the summer, Boise has a number of restaurants and cafes that feature outdoor patio or balcony dining. The restaurants in Boise are known for offering both quality food and affordable prices. For those interested in the bar and club scene, Boise also delivers with places like The Big Easy, a concert house that also has a bar and dance floor.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Boise Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 345 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Ada
Metro Area Boise City
Standard Zip Codes 83702, 83703, 83704, 83705, 83706, 83708, 83709, 83712, 83713, 83714, 83716
P.O. Box Zip Codes 83701, 83707, 83711, 83715, 83717, 83719, 83799
Company Zip Codes 83720, 83721, 83722, 83724, 83725, 83726, 83727, 83728, 83729, 83730, 83731, 83732, 83733, 83735, 83756, 83757
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.6
Longitude -116.21

Boise Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Boise, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Collister (83703)

Hidden Springs (83714)

Mayfield (83716)

Ustick (83704)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eagle 21,863 $90,482
Garden City 11,313 $51,635
Kuna 16,557 $64,795
Meridian 84,018 $68,666
Nampa 86,203 $45,254
Star 6,768 $63,558

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Boise High Schools

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CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
12400 WEST MC MILLAN ROAD
208-939-1404
Serves 1,877 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

CAPITAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
8055 GODDARD ROAD
208-322-3875
Serves 1,576 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

BORAH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
6001 CASSIA STREET
208-322-3855
Serves 1,448 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

BOISE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1010 WEST WASHINGTON ST
208-338-3575
Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

TIMBERLINE HIGH SCHOOL
701 EAST BOISE AVENUE
208-384-3142
Serves 1,064 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

RIVERGLEN JR HIGH SCHOOL
6801 NORTH GARY LANE
208-322-3870
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 647 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

MOUNTAIN COVE (ALT.) HIGH
911 MOUNTAIN COVE ROAD
208-338-3618
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 382 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

BOISE EVENING SCHOOL
911 MOUNTAIN COVE RD
208-338-5394
A Non-traditional School
Serves 246 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 164

BOOTH MEMORIAL SCHOOL
1617 N 24TH ST
208-343-3571
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

ADA COUNTY JUVENILE CENTER
6300 DENTON STREET
208-364-3098
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 30 students.

DEHYL A DENNIS PROFESSIONAL TC
8201 W VICTORY RD
208-384-3116

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