Boise

110 reviews
  1. City in Idaho
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,800
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$793
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    B-
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      211
      264
    • Murder
      2
      5
    • Rape
      57
      37
    • Robbery
      26
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      320
      575
    • Theft
      1,677
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      89
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    B+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $49,209
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    18%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      14%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      25%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      34%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      20%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      6%
      14%

    Reviews

    110 reviews
    • Excellent
      54
    • Very Good
      42
    • Average
      12
    • Poor
      2
    • Terrible
      0
    I've grown up in Boise and I honestly don't think I would have been raised anywhere else. I spent a lot of time riding my bike in my neighborhood with friends, playing along the Oregon Trail and Boise River, and swimming in Lucky Peak. My elementary school was and still is one of the highest rated in Boise. Being one of those states with "all seasons" means a wide variety of activities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy the outdoors (which Boise offers a lot of) or indoors, you will find something for every day of year. We even have the largest Basque community in the US. Great food, intriguing history, and friendly people!
    • Current Resident
    • 4 days ago
    For a larger town, the people in Boise are exceptionally thoughtful and kind. Businesses call you back, drivers let you turn first in many cases and customers are generally kind. It's easy to get to know people when you come new to town. Social groups and clubs (ie: library reading time, kids soccer and Bible studies) are easy to find and jump right into. There are churches using translating headsets for refugees coming into town (Life Church among others). Best yet, I've been driving there for more than a year and I have yet to be pulled over!
    • Nearby Resident
    • 2 days ago
    I am a Native from Boise. I have lived in several areas around the United States, however, as Dorothy states, There Is No Place Like Home. The people are friendly, we have a great environment for children to live in-good schools, safe neighborhoods, low crime rate. We have access to a multitude of outdoor activities that anyone can enjoy. Our city is beautiful with the Boise River running right through the middle. And lastly, we are home to the Boise State Bronco Football team! It is a great place to live and visit.
    • Current Resident
    • 3 months ago