Boise is the most populated city in Idaho--the Boise-Nampa greater metropolitan area is home to more than 500,000 residents. Located on the Boise River, the city of Boise also is the seat of state government. The city is among the oldest in the West--it was incorporated in 1864. For many residents, life in Boise means Boise State Broncos football--and with the team ranked in the upper echelons of national collegiate football polls the past few years, Bronco football truly reigns supreme in Boise. However, there are many other outdoor and cultural attractions, including a zoo, floating down the Boise River in the summer, several nearby nature preserves, and plenty of hiking, fishing, and hunting.
Studying at Boise Colleges and Universities
Due to the success of the football team, Boise State University is now among the most nationally recognized colleges. The city also is home to the University of Idaho-Boise campus, as well as Boise Bible College, Stevens Hanager College. Students can select from several technical and vocation schools in Boise as well. Students at Boise colleges experience four distinct seasons: January low temperatures average a chilly 21 degrees, while September highs top 80 degrees. Students can travel about town by car, bus, or bike; and a train depot and airport service travel outside of the region.
Working in Boise
Several of the world's most well-known computer and paper products manufacturers are headquartered in Boise, including:
- Micron Technologies--a semiconductor manufacturer
- Boise Cascade--a paper and wood products manufacturer
- Simplot Corporation--a food processing and agricultural company
- URS Corporation (formerly Washington Group International)--an engineering and construction management firm.
The mean annual wage in Boise in 2009 was just under $40,000, slightly lower than the national average of $43,460. The cost of living also comes in about 5 percent below the national average, according to the 2009 ACCRA cost of living index. Unemployment in the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area in July of 2010 stood at 9.2 percent, slightly lower than the national average of 9.5 percent for the month. Business, education, health care, food service, sales, office and administrative support, and management positions are among the region's leading employers.