Boise, City of Accolades
While Boise's catchphrase is the "City of Trees", Boise could also be coined as the "City of Accolades" recently. Forbes, National Geographic, Men's Health, KPMG, Kiplinger, CNN, and others continue to rank the Boise Metro among the best places to work, live and do business. With one of the highest in-migration rates in the country, third only to Austin and Charleston, Boise is becoming a destination to watch. Here are a few accolades just since January 2016:
Top 10 Best Places to Live 2016 - "The Revamped Rocky Mountain City"
Men's Journal | March 2016
Men's Journal explained, "A longtime dream destination for would-be river guides, this city of 208,000 now offers something else, as well: a real city. Playtime happens outdoors, but a newly robust economy, driven by employers like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology, has spawned the same amenities found in places much larger. And with a median home price of about $209,000, you don't have to mortgage your future to enjoy it."
#6 Best Downtown
Livability | March 2016
#6 Best Capital City, also ranked at #3 for Lowest Premature-Death Rate and #4 for Lowest Crime Rate
WalletHub | February 2016
Top 5 Places for Millennial Startups
Tech.co | February 2016
U.S. News & World Report listed Boise at #6 Best Place to Live. They said, "Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it's worth a serious look."
They continued, "Downtown Boise is booming. New construction is all over the area. The Zions Bank building, completed in 2014, is the tallest building in the state and sits at its center. Locally sourced food and drink dominate the summer patio scene. Boise's residents may spend their days enjoying nature, but they fill their evenings dining on locally sourced cuisine, enjoying an opera performance and sipping delicious cocktails."
"Idaho's capital city sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. Yes, there are wilder places. Yes, there are more urbane places. But Boise is a good place to live if you enjoy easy access to both."
Want to keep up with all of the accolades? There is a running list at BVEP.org. If you want to get a quick look at the amenities and lifestyle that the Boise Metro has to offer, here are also a couple of great video highlights: