Boise Top Ten Lists


Ever since Boise started out as a military outpost along the famed Oregon Trail, it has been drawing people to it year after year. This constant influx of people has brought many different opinions, skills, and cultures to the city which has made it one of the best cities in the nation. For Boiseans, that kind of pride in your hometown is not hard to find, especially because it is constantly being reaffirmed by outsiders and top ten lists.

With the advent of the information age, there has been a growing need for classifying everything. This need to classify things has brought more and more top ten lists to the table so that people, especially people looking to move, can know more about the places they are moving to. The great thing is that with all of these top ten lists, Boise is beginning to get the recognition it deserves. There are many lists out there that actually have valuable information for people looking to get to know a city better before they move to it, so this article will focus on those. If you want to know more about Boise because you are considering moving here, then this is the article for you.

1. Livability

In 2012, Areavibes.com placed Boise on their list as one of the best places to live in America. They usually rank cities based on their amenities, cost of living, education, housing, weather, employment, and crime. Boise was good enough for Areavibes.com and was ranked 81 out of 100 on their livability scale which, to the website, means exceptionally livable. Since 2012 the economy has only improved, bringing the entire quality of life with it.

2. Healthiest City

Another ranking from 2012 comes from both Men's and Women's Health Magazines. Due to Boise's large amount of outdoor actives and the fact that it is surrounded by farms makes it an easy place to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether you want to exercise, or just pick up fresh food from the farmer's market, Boise is the place for you. If you live in Boise you have access to not only dozens of opportunities for healthy living, but also unlimited support to do so. Its large healthy population makes it easy to find friends that share your same interests as well as shops to find any supplies you could need.

3. Crime Rate

Now, this ranking is a bit of a stretch because it applies to the entire state, but a low crime rate is something to always consider when moving. No one wants to unwittingly move to a city that happens to have more murders than they are used to seeing on the 6 o'clock news. These numbers come from dailyfinance.com and the way they do things is by ranking the states by these categories: assault, burglary, murder, motor vehicle theft, rape, and robbery. They are ranked from 1 to 50, as in it is the number 1 state for most assaults or the number 8 state for most rapes (so the higher the number, the less likely it is to happen in the state, the lower the number the more it is likely to happen).

Idaho, according to 2010 rankings, was ranked number 33 for assaults, 42 for burglaries, 47 for murders, 46 for accounts of grand theft auto, 14 for rapes, and 47 for robberies. Now, compare that to Nevada, one of Idaho's southern neighbors. Nevada was ranked number as the 8th state for assaults, number 12 for burglary, number 13 for murder, number 1 for motor vehicle theft, number 8 for rape, and number 1 for robbery. So, comparatively, Idaho is a very safe state.

4. Employment

In Boise, there are a lot of job opportunities for a wide variety of people, and that has gotten it on to the Fiscal Times' list for 'where the jobs are at'. Listed snug up against Phoenix, Arizona and Akron, Ohio, Boise, Idaho has an impressive rate of growth as far as employment is concerned.

Ever since the economic burst of 2007 and 2008, the state government of Idaho has put a heavy focus on the growth of the economy. The City of Boise nearly spearheaded that movement, bringing dozens of new companies in for the last 7 years. Which also got it onto the Brookings Institute's list of fastest recovering cities.

5. Investments

It is no secret that business is part of the heart and soul of Idaho, along with its love for science and the arts, which is why it has made it onto Forbes Magazine's list of 'Where to Invest in 2014'. With Boise's expanding housing and business market, it has become a haven for people who want to begin, or expand, your investment portfolio. Boise, as well as the entire State of Idaho, has very favorable laws for businesses and a very competitively priced housing market. Which will continue to draw people here for years to come.

6. Careers

If you are looking for a place to boost your career, then you should consider coming to Boise. From 2003 to 2010, Boise has consecutively been within Forbes Magazine's top ten best places for business and careers. With Micron Technology, Hewlett Packard's printer division, the JR Simplot Company, Boise Cascade Paper Company, and many more large businesses being headquartered here, it is nearly impossible not to find yourself a great place to work. However, if you are more into education r the arts, then there is also Boise State University, Zoo Boise, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Trey McIntyre Project, and even the Boise Philharmonic.

These six top ten rankings are only a few of the lists that Boise and Idaho have found themselves on, there are many more that range from best place to bike to hottest place for music, so if you didn't find something that caught your eye on this page, keep searching and you will be sure to find something.

If you want to find out more about Boise, or the Boise/ Nampa Metro Area, contact one of our agents, it would be their pleasure to assist you.

http://www.bvep.org/facts/national-accolades.aspx

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/11/04/Where-the-Jobs-Are-Ten-Surprising-Places#page1

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/04/07/the-15-safest-state-to-live-in-based-on-2010-crime-rankings/

http://www.boiseidaho.gov/notes-info/boise-list-of-lists/