When it comes to metropolitan communities, it’s hard to imagine a more “livable” place than Boise, Idaho. The “City of Trees” as it’s known, has a population of just over a quarter million people, spread across an area of almost 83 square miles. This offers residents the feel and convenience of a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities. The high desert, valley floor climate typically features days of near continuous sunshine from mid-May through the end of September (with only occasional rain) and often well into late October. Vibrant fall colors abound from a variety of deciduous trees, gradually taking you into moderate to chilly winters with minimal snow accumulation from late November to Early March. Summer daytime temps usually hover from 90 to 100 degrees from mid-June through late August. Winters offer a broader range, most often from 45 to 25 degrees during daylight hours.
Although experiencing rapid growth, Boise streets remain quite navigable as you can still generally travel from one edge of town to the other (via car, bike, bus etc.) in 20-30 minutes, even in peak traffic times.
Inner-city development and suburban expansion have been and will continue to be in full swing as the high quality of Treasure Valley life is well documented. The downtown area is generally clean, welcoming and pleasant with plenty to do and see. Although the Boise “skyline” is growing at a healthy pace, it’ll be quite some time, if ever, before one will get that feeling of being in an impersonal, bustling, big city.
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