Boise is the capital city of Idaho. The Boise Greenbelt flows through Boise and provides 25 miles of scenic paths for biking, hiking, walking or running. Downtown’s Boise Art Museum has contemporary works and an outdoor sculpture garden. The grand, sandstone Idaho State Capitol Building is nearby. The Old Idaho Penitentiary contains 19th-century prison cells and gallows, as well as the historic military weaponry is well worth the time to visit. Boise, Idaho is strategically located in the Mountain Time Zone in Southwestern Idaho, providing easy non-stop access to all major cities on the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. Boise is about 41 miles (66 km) east of the Oregon border, and 110 miles (177km) north of the Nevada border. As per the 2016 census, the Boise area is home to 691,423 people and has a workforce of 330,000 within a 45-minute draw of Boise. The average commute time within the valley is 18 minutes. The workforce is young, talented and continues to grow. With companies like HP, Micron, Simplot, and Albertsons, the Boise Valley has an infrastructure of talent and expertise from a legacy of large corporate headquarters. Collectively, the area’s workforce is three years younger than the national average. Our incredible quality of life has attracted a thriving mix of Hi-Tech, agribusiness and manufacturing businesses along with a young, educated workforce to serve them. The area has short average commute times. The schools are good and the streets are safe. Outdoor recreation is everywhere. At certain times of the year you can literally ski, play golf, go fishing, and enjoy fine dining all in the same day. Boise is located in the Treasure Valley against the majestic foothills, and is part of a thriving metropolitan area of over 550,000 people. Boise is the largest metropolitan area in Idaho, and also the most remote metropolitan area in the United States, fostering a unique sense of community. Situated where the high desert meets the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, Boise is the gateway to exceptional recreational opportunities including: world famous whitewater rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, backpacking and camping. Hiking, biking and fishing are popular activities right in the metro area, accessed by miles of Greenbelt along the Boise River. The foothills provide trails for hikers and bikers of all abilities. Boise occupies a large area - 64 square miles according to the United States Census Bureau. Like all major cities, it is composed of several distinct neighborhoods.



Downtown Boise is the cultural center of the city and home to many small businesses as well as a few mid- rises. A variety of local restaurants abound featuring locally grown products, craft beverages, and seasonal menus. Community events such as the Saturday Farmer's Market, First Thursday.


To the south of downtown is Boise State University, surrounded by residential neighborhoods and businesses catering to the student population. The area is dominated by residential neighborhoods and businesses catering to the student population. The unique blue playing field at the 37,000-seat Albertson’s Stadium on the BSU campus, home to the Boise State Broncos football team, is a
major city landmark. The university campus is home to the Taco Bell Arena, which hosts a variety of concert and sporting events as well as the Morrison Center, which hosts the Idaho Ballet, Broadway shows and many other cultural performances.


The North End, generally defined as the part of Boise north of State Street, contains many of the city's older homes. It’s known for its tree-lined drives such as Harrison Boulevard and for its quiet neighborhoods near the downtown area. Bicyclists and pedestrians populate the shaded streets of the North End. Boutiques and popular eateries draw many to 13th Streets' Historic Hyde Park, situated below the outdoor enthusiast's much-loved Camel's Back Park.


Southwest Boise contains a sparsely populated neighborhood - built from the 1960s to the early 1980s. Many include acre-sized plots and the occasional farmhouse and pasture.


Northwest Boise lies against the Boise Foothills to the north. State Street to the south, the city of Eagle to the West and downtown Boise to the East. It contains a mix of old and new neighborhoods, including Lakeharbor, which features the private Silver Lake, a reclaimed quarry. Northwest Boise has some pockets of older homes with a similar feel to the North End. Downtown is minutes away, as is Veteran’s Memorial Park an easy access to the Boise Greenbelt. Across the river sits the Boise Bench and to the West are the bedroom communities of Eagle, Star and Middleton.


Warm Springs is centered on the tree-lined Warm Springs Avenue and contains some of Boise's largest and most expensive homes (many of which were erected by wealthy miners and businessmen around the turn of the 20th century; Victorian styles feature prominently). The area gets its name from the natural hot springs that flow from Boise's fault line and warm many of the homes in the area. The Natotorium public swim center is located here.


The far-east end of Warm Springs was once known as Barber Town, featuring a hotel with hot springs nestled into the foothills. It now has some new residential developments with easy access to Highway 21, which leads to the South-Central Idaho mountains, the Boise River, the Boise Foothills and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.


Southeast Boise spans from Boise State University to Micron Technology - all areas between Federal Way and the Boise River. The older area, just south of the University, can be described as a cross between the North End and the Boise Bench. The rest of Southeast Boise was developed in the last thirty years with suburban-style homes. Columbia Village subdivision and the older Oregon Trail Heights were the first major planned communities in Southeast Boise with an elementary and middle school all within walking distance from all homes. The subdivision is located at the intersections of Interstate 84, Idaho 21, and Federal Way, which are all major arteries to get anywhere in Boise. The subdivision, a baseball complex, and swimming pools were developed around the Simplot Sports Complex. The fields are built over an old landfill and dump, and the fields and gravel parking lot allow radon gases to escape through the ground.


The Bench (or Benches, there are three actual benches in the Boise Valley) was created as an ancient shoreline to the old river channel. The Bench is home to the Boise Union Pacific Depot and older residential neighborhoods similar to those in the North End. Due south of the Bench is the Boise Airport.
THE TREASURE VALLEY The Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (commonly known as the Boise Metropolitan Area or the Treasure Valley) is an area that encompasses Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, and Owyhee counties in southwestern Idaho.


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