It's easy to understand why Boise is earning a national reputation for its sublime quality of life. With a metropolitan area population of a little more than 400,000, Idaho's capital city is a commercial center in the northwest region, an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and a flourishing scene for arts and entertainment. Known as the “City of Trees,” Boise also offers a reasonable cost of living, low crime rate, excellent cultural programs, numerous neighborhood parks and nearby national forests and rivers.
For many, work life in Boise is characterized by diverse industries, like mining and logging or technology. The corporate community includes Fortune 500 members: Hewlett Packard, Boise Cascade, Washington Group International and Micron Technology. Leading employers also include state government, universities, regional health centers and high tech companies.
When it comes to enjoyment, there are many ways to “play” in Boise. A charming downtown area delights residents with fine dining, theater, dance clubs and live music. Summer nights are spent taking in performances at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival or enjoying outdoor live concerts at the Idaho Center. Other local treasures in recreation include the Bogus Basin Ski Resort, Boise Art Museum, Discovery Kids Center, Boise Hawks Minor League Baseball, Idaho Steelheads Minor League Hockey and Idaho Historical Museum. With these kind of attributes, it's easy to see how one of the nation's best kept secrets has become one of its finest treasures.