Need a reason to live in Boise?
In the past five years, Boise has appeared on dozens of "Top" lists. Ranging from food, culture, livability, fitness and recreation to safety, business potential and economic growth, it is clear that our city is about as sweet as they come. This list, sourced from the City of Boise website, indicates why we work hard and play harder in the Boise Valley.
Sunset Magazine, April 2014, Best Places to Live and Work, Boise's North End
Forbes Magazine, April 2104, No. 2 Best place to Raise a Family
Men's Health Magazine, December 2012 -- No. 1 Best Cities for Men 2013
Livability.com, October 2012 -- No. 4 of Top 10 Downtowns in America
CNN Money, October 2012 -- No. 6 Most Inventive State
Outside Magazine, September 2012 -- No. 3 Best River Town in America
Forbes, April 2012 -- No. 2 Best City for Raising a Family
The Atlantic, March 2012 -- No. 6 America's Hottest Music City
KPMG Report, March 2012 -- No. 3 Lowest Cost of Business in Pacific Northwest
Brookings Institute, March 2012 -- Top 20 Fastest Recovering Cities
Sunset Magazine, February 2012 -- Fittest Towns of the West
CNN Money, February 2012 -- Top 10 Turnaround Towns
Women's Health/Men's Health, January 2012 -- No. 5 Healthiest City
The Fiscal Times, November 2011 -- Ten Best Places to Find A Job
CNN Travel, November 2011 -- Best College Football Stadiums
SportingNews.com, October 2011 -- No. 62 Best Sports Cities
Men's Health, October 2011 -- No. 13 America's Luckiest Cities
Allstate Insurance Company, September 2011 -- No. 2 Safest City for Driving in America
Urban Land Institute, September 2011 -- No. 8 Top 25 Metro Areas Gaining Kids
CNN Money, September 2011 -- 25 Best Places to Retire
CBS Market Watch, August 2011 -- No. 8 10 Best Places to live in the U.S.
RelocateAmerica, August 2011 -- No. 8 Top Ten Places to Live
USA Today, August 2011 -- 10 Great Places for Paddling in the City
MSN, August 2011 -- Great Cities for Cycling
Triathlete, August 2011 -- Best Places to Live 2011
The Daily Beast, July 2011 -- No. 10 Top Twenty Longest Living Cities
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011 -- No. 7 Long-Term Job Growth Rate
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011 -- No. 9 Top Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Moody's Analytics, April 2011 -- No. 17 of 384 Cities for Vitality
Men's Health, March 2011 -- No. 20 Most Socially Networked City
U-Haul International, Inc., February 2011 -- No. 2 Top Growth Towns for Families
Women's Health Magazine, December 2010 -- No. 7 Best Places for Women
Yahoo! Finance, September 2010 -- No. 6 Best Place to Retire
Outside Magazine, August 2010 -- Best Town in the Western U.S.: "Boise, to put it mildly, has been on a roll. Government, education, and health care remain core industries, but dozens of high-tech startups have moved to town, joining behemoths like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. And while its population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and jaded locals bemoan the sprawl, Boise has managed its growth impressively well: The city is home to nearly 2,000 acres of parks and a 25-mile greenbelt. The outlying areas feel a bit bland, but the older neighborhoods have that Boulder vibe—cruiser bikes, farmers' markets, and prayer flags—only with reasonably priced homes."
Forbes.com, June 2010 -- No. 16 Most Innovative City
Life Magazine, June 2010 -- No. 8 Most Underrated City in the West
Forbes Magazine, May 2010 -- No. 9 Best Places for Business and Careers:
Sunset Magazine, February 2010 In the West: 20 Towns of the Future
Market Watch, December 2009 -- #6 Best U.S. Cities for Business
Brookings, June 2009 -- Bootstrapping High Tech: Evidence from three Emerging High Technology Metropolitan Areas: "Idaho may be an unlikely state for high-technology development but it largest metropolitan area, Boise, has developed an entrepreneurial and innovative technology community." Boise is remarkable. Christopher Leinberger
Brookings Institute Scholar, April 2009 -- Best Downtown in the Rocky Mountain West
Smithsonian.com, March 2009 -- Boise, Idaho: Big Skies and Colorful Characters, "Boise is still so young and new- changing almost every day- and I don't think it's an overstatement to suggest that our town represents everything that remains great about America: potential youth natural beauty, quality of life."
MSNBC.com, March 2009 -- No. 8 Best Mid-size Metropolitan Area
Bizjournal.com, February 2009 -- No. 5 Best Places to Start a Small Business
Landscape & Hardscape Construction, February 2009 -- Redevelopment and Renewal, firm transforms cities by design: " Private development doesn't do this on its own" (public infrastructure) "to remake a city."
National League of Cities, November 2008 -- Award for Municipal Excellence
Business Week Magazine, November 2008 -- "Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2009"
Food and Wine Magazine, November 2008 -- "Across the U.S., restaurateurs are opening ever-more-casual places. I've seen it in New York, Chicago, San Francisco…and now Boise, Idaho."
American Planning Association, October 2008 -- "North End" Top 10 Neighborhoods in the Country
Rock & Ice Magazine, September 2008 -- No. 2, "Best Places to Go Bouldering"
Sperlings, August 2008 -- No. Most Secure U.S. Place
Kiplinger.com, July 2008 -- Rocky Mountain High Tech, Employers know they'll find a high proportion of college graduates here (37%) compared with the national average of 37%) and new hires will find affordable housing… (t)he area also cradles smaller technology and e-commerce forms, which come to make the most of low business costs - about a third less than in California or Washington.
Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, July 2008 -- "...But Idaho's capital alone offers many jewels for adventurous travelers."
Brookings Institute Economic Vitality Report, June 2008 -- No. 1 Economic Vitality Among U.S. Metro Areas
MSNBC, June 2008 -- No. 2 Top 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S.
Boston Globe, June 2008 -- "Best Urban Parks," Boise River Greenbelt: "...this riverfront park was reclaimed in the 1960s and transformed into a haven for outdoor lovers, with 25 miles of pathways geared to walkers, runners, skaters, bikers."
Kiplinger.com, May 2008 -- No. 4 Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play
Brookings Institution, May 2008 -- No. 5 Lowest Carbon Footprint
Forbes Magazine, March 2008 -- No. 13 Best Places for Business and Careers
Forbes, March 2008 -- Boise is No. 9 for business careers. Of cities in the top 10, only Boise and Raleigh N.C. have been the most consistent top performers in recent years.
CNN Money.com, 2008 -- Top 100 best places to live and launch, Boise #19
American Planning Association, 2008 -- Boise's North End: "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2008"
U.S. Department of Transportation, 2008 -- Boise State University: "Best Workplace for Commuters"