The small metropolis of Boise might deceive you into believing that this unassuming Idahoan city doesn’t have much to offer, but as those who move here discover, it’s a welcoming town that offers a unique culture and a great place to raise a family.
People flock here not only for jobs but also for its reputation for “getting it right.” Time Magazine gave Boise the number one spot on its list of cities that are “getting it right” in their 2014 article on “Solutions for America.” It also nabbed second place on the Forbes list of “Best Places for Businesses and Careers,” making Boise an easy pick for up-and-coming professionals.
If that didn’t draw people in, the friendly welcome from native Boiseans would. In addition to having a reputation as a city full of friendly and happy people, Boise has been ranked as one of the top 10 best places to live, and Farmers Insurance gave Boise the nod as the most secure place to live in the country in 2009.
As those young professionals flock to the city, they often head to the exclusive North End neighborhood, desirable for its historic homes on quiet tree-lined streets. In fact, it was named on a list of the country’s 10 Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning Association in 2008. This neighborhood offers a fantastic view of downtown from its park, and the community has a warm, tight-knit feeling.
Another close neighborhood is Boise’s Basque community, where residents of Basque heritage live on Grove Street, between 6th and Capital Boulevard. Known as “Basque Block,” it’s the home of the Basque Market and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and a great place to discover authentic cultural cuisine at local restaurants.
From the friendly attitudes and safe neighborhoods to the great career opportunities and rich cultural heritage, these are just a few reasons why so many people come to Boise and never want to leave.