Sep. 2, 2015

Forbes - Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest in Housing in 2015

Whether you’re an investor looking to pick up a few rental properties or a young professional interested in purchasing a first home, there are plenty of places where housing should be a pretty safe bet. The key is to buy in cities with strong job growth that people are moving to, so that the stock of potential tenants for would-be landlords is abundant.

Boise comes in on this Forbes list at #8.

MSA: Boise City-Nampa, ID
Pop.: 650,288
Avg. Home Price: $183,649
Pop Growth (’10-’13): 5.3%
Jobs Growth (annual): 2.2%
Unemployment: 3.5%
Annual price growth: 9%
Over (+) or under (-) priced by: -6%
Home Price/Rent Ratio: 17

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Aug. 16, 2017

Boise Among America’s Most Sustainable Cities

The Sustainable Development Goals Index measures how successfully cities are dealing with issues related to poverty, health, and equitable income distribution in addition to climate change objectives like cutting large carbon emissions. Jeff Sachs, Director of the SDSN, said the report—the first of many—creates “an accurate starting line” for cities in their “race to 2030 and a smart, fair, and sustainable future.”

Boise ranks #7 most sustainable...

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Dec. 8, 2017

Boise Among The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018

With an exciting influx of new and revamped hotels, an up-and-coming restaurant scene, and a blossoming wine industry, Idaho’s capital city—traditionally known as a convention destination — has started to attract the attention of leisure travelers. Boise’s invigorated downtown is evidence of the trend, with the newly opened Inn at 500, a 110-room boutique property whose perks include balconies overlooking the capitol, and its on-site restaurant, Richard’s, owned by James Beard Award-nominated chef Richard Langston, leading the way. (Meanwhile, Hotel 43 and The Grove both recently unveiled swank renovations.) The city’s craft-beer scene continues to impress; one noteworthy newcomer is White Dog Brewing, whose rustic taproom features a 24-foot “frost rail” that keeps your beer, well, frosty. In other toast-worthy news, Boise has become a hub for Idaho’s growing wine industry. Oenophiles shouldn’t miss a stop at the new downtown tasting room of Coiled Wines. Owner Leslie Preston — a native Idahoan who sharpened her skills at Clos du Bois and Stags’ Leap in California — makes a spectacular dry Riesling. Getting there is easier than ever: to meet rising demand, American Airlines has launched new nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare, while Southwest now runs a nonstop from San Diego.

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Oct. 26, 2017

Best Cities for Quality of Life - Boise #5

Work less, spend less, worry less. Enjoy life more.

It’s an elusive equation for many Americans, yet there are some cities where you’re more likely to find a balance that potentially leads to better quality of life.

NerdWallet analyzed 177 U.S. cities with over 150,000 residents using data estimates from the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. We analyzed the number of hours worked, commute times, percentage of income spent on housing, health insurance coverage, poverty levels and unemployment rates to get a picture of quality of life in each location.

Idaho’s capital sits along the Boise River and among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where its residents enjoy miles of trails for hiking and mountain-biking. And residents have time to enjoy them: Boise rates in the lower half of our analysis in average weekly hours worked at 38.1 hours, and its average commute is tied for eighth-lowest overall at 18.4 minutes. The city of 223,000 also gets high marks for affordability, with median income about 33% of monthly gross rent. A note to outsiders: Long-time residents say “BOY-see.”

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Dec. 19, 2016

Boise MSA Among Top 25 Best Performing Metros

Which factors are determining the divergence in economic performance of metropolitan areas around the nation? Why are some areas thriving while others fall back? The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities index provides an objective benchmark for examining the underlying factors and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas. 

Boise City, ID, ranks 23rd, entering the Top 25 for the first time since 2007. One-year wage growth ranks 15th and short-term job growth ranks 14th. These two indicators are growing 1.9 percent and 2.1 percent faster than the national average, respectively.

Boise City is home to Micron Technology, an employer of 5,000 people and a leader in semiconductor manufacturing that has helped create Boise City’s tech sector. Micron has gifted $25 million to Boise State University for a materials research center. The metro attracts companies such as Paylocity, which has set up an office in Boise, bringing with it 500 jobs. American Semiconductor is based in Boise and plans to move its manufacturing operations to the local tech hub. Cradlepoint, a hardware company based in Boise, garnered $48 million in funding from Sorenson Capital and employs about 300 people.

Technology companies make up a large portion of job and wage growth, but there is a diverse local economy that includes food manufacturing and health care. Hearthside Food Solutions is opening a facility that will employ 168 people. Distillery equipment manufacturer Corson Distilling hired its first employee in 2015 and has since grown to 55 people. Albertsons is headquartered in Boise, employing almost 2,300 people and set to go public this year. Health care in Boise should see gains in the coming years with the St. Luke’s expansion getting underway. The overall Boise City health-care system employs 9,400 people. Boise should continue to see growth in wages and jobs in the next year. 

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Mar. 7, 2016

Boise Ranked #6 Best Downtown

Livability recently released their 2016 Top Downtowns list and Boise ranks at #6.

"Downtown Boise bustles with activity, as thousands of people come to dine in unique restaurants, enjoy a range of cultural venues and let loose in nightclubs."

"Boise's high-tech employers don't have to do much coaxing to attract talented workers. Young professionals and families find a perfect mix of small-town charm and hip urban playground in Downtown Boise. Boise River winds through the southern side of the downtown area, separating Boise State University from the rest of town. The Idaho State Capitol building, which draws tourists from across the region, is considered a jewel among Boise’s architecture. Residents find many things to do in Boise. The cultural district extends from the Idaho State House to the Boise Art Museum, and encompasses a collection of public art, galleries and performance venues, including the legendary Egyptian Theatre. One of the last remaining relics of the movie palace era, the theater hosts live performances, such as concerts, comedy shows and dances, and movie screenings. A long lineup of bars, pubs and saloons offers more live performance experiences, opportunities to dance and, of course, explore the libations Boise bartenders mix up."

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Sep. 21, 2015

Boise Among Top 100 Best Places to Live

Livability.com's annual survey ranks more than 2,000 cities come up with their Top 100 Best Places to Live.

Boise ranks #27 on this year's list:

"Situated at the intersection of where desert meets mountains, the city of Boise’s cultural amenities are just as impressive as its natural surroundings. The Boise River flows through the city, past theaters, museums, great breweries and Boise State University. Top employers in Boise include St. Luke’s Health System, Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard. It’s easy to see why Boise is a Top 100 Best Place to Live."

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Feb. 21, 2017

Boise, 2017’s 2nd Best Capitol to Live In

Boise was ranked #2 Best Capitol City to live in by WalletHub. They explain, "...many state capitals actually are thriving hubs of activity and thus some of the most livable places in America. But not all state capitals are created equal. And though 17 of them are the largest cities in their states, the biggest population doesn’t always represent the best quality of life.

So in order to determine what state capitals are worth, WalletHub’s data team compared all 50 across 42 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards. Our data set ranges from “cost of living” to “K–12 school-system quality” to “number of attractions.” Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology."

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Oct. 16, 2017

USA Today: Meridian Among Top 25 Cities in America

As the land of opportunity, the United States has attracted people from around the world for centuries. Yet not all parts of the country are equally desirable, and some cities are far more livable than others.

On an individual level, subjective measures often override other, more objective, considerations. Sometimes, we live in a place simply because it is where we grew up — it is familiar and where we feel at ease. Still, a range of factors can help compare U.S. cities objectively. Low crime, a healthy economy and affordability are just a few examples of universally desirable attributes in any community.

24/7 Wall St. created an index of over three dozen socioeconomic measures to identify the 50 best American cities to live in. The most livable cities span the country — from the Deep South to New England and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest.

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Mar. 24, 2016

Hot Cities for Cool Downtown Meetings

Petula Clark was right. The lights are much brighter downtown, where you can also forget all your troubles and forget all your cares. The 1965 Grammy Award-winning song, “Downtown,” still resonates loudly today, for good reason.

Downtowns are cool again. America’s city centers may have lost some luster throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, but they have come back with a vengeance.

“Boise is delightfully convenient for busy travelers. From our airport, where you can sample local food and drink, it’s just a 10-minute cab, Uber or shuttle ride to downtown. Once there, visitors might not need to use a car for the remainder of their trip. The Boise Centre, our meeting facility, is in the heart of downtown, just a few minutes’ walk from several Boise hotels, and is expanding with an additional 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space by September 2016. And if visitors are planning ahead, they can anticipate more lodging options in the coming years. Boise is experiencing a hotel boom, with at least four new projects underway in the city’s core. From the doorsteps of the convention center, Boise offers dozens of new and revered restaurant options, brew pubs and cafes, as well as a growing wine scene. Need a break? Hop on a Boise Bike Share bicycle and cover even more ground in our compact, welcoming city.” - Carrie Westergard, executive director, Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau

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May. 8, 2017

Expedia Ranks Boise Among N. America’s Coolest Downtowns

There’s a buzz in Boise, and it sounds a lot like Instagram shutters snapping from Freak Alley Gallery. This outdoor venue is all about building a creative community in the heart of Boise, and it’s playing its part in making Idaho’s capital more colorful with murals and events. Boise GreenBike makes it easy to embrace the neighborhood’s open-air way of life with convenient bike sharing. How cool is that?

Find your chill: Craving some amazing craft beer? Visit downtown Boise in early October for the annual Hoptober Freshtival, hosted by Boise Brewing.

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Jul. 26, 2016

Boise & Nampa Rank Top 2 Best-Run Cities in America

by WalletHub

Running a city is a tall order. Not only must government officials navigate local politics, but they also must strive to balance the public’s interests with the city’s responsibilities and resources. And because resources generally grow limited as population sizes increase, especially when such increases occur rapidly, not all individual needs can or will be served.

Consequently, city leaders must choose which services are most essential to provide, which agencies’ budgets to cut, whether and how high to raise taxes, among other important decisions that affect the daily lives of residents. Those decisions, in turn, translate to a city’s operating efficiency and overall quality of life.

With moving season in full swing and nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population residing in cities today, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the largest cities according to how well they are managed by their leaders. In order to make such a comparison, we examined each city’s performance on six key indicators, including financial stability, education, health, safety, economy as well as infrastructure and pollution. We then combined these categories to construct an “Overall City Services” ranking against which we measured the cities’ total per-capita budgets in order to reveal their budgeting efficiency. Continue reading below for our findings, expert commentary and a full description of our methodology.

Boise came in at the top spot this year, with Nampa also taking the second spot.

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Aug. 30, 2016

Boise is #4 Best Midsize Real Estate Market

Housing’s back. Indeed, the same industry that sent the U.S. economy into freefall nearly a decade ago is on its feet again. The trust issues linger among Americans, however, fearing another housing crisis as real-estate markets heat up across U.S. metro areas.

But there’s evidence to the contrary. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the New York Times recently reported that sales of new single-family homes were higher this past July than in nearly 10 years. Nationwide, which tracks the health of U.S. real estate, reported at the end of quarter two that “the overall U.S. housing market is sustainable,” adding that “few regional housing markets are vulnerable to a housing downturn.”

In light of such good news, WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Boise ranked #4 Best.

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Aug. 11, 2017

‘Best Places’ Lists Play Role in Boise Growth

It seems now days Boise is on a list for everything from “Best Places to Live,” to “Top Places to Retire,” to “North America’s Coolest Downtowns.”

Although, what do all these lists really mean and do people truly pay attention to all of these accolades?

“There's not a month that goes by that Boise, Idaho, doesn't make top 10 on some list,” Boise Regional Realtors President Katrina Wehr said.

The “Top 10” lists are now inspiring people to act.

“If I can get somebody on a plane and they land in Boise, Idaho, the quality of life here sells itself,” Wehr said.

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Mar. 22, 2016

Boise In Forbes Top 20 America’s Fastest-Growing Cities

Forbes ranked America’s 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas (cities and their surrounding suburbs, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on six metrics weighted equally. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, they factored in estimated population growth for 2015 and 2016, year-over-year job growth for 2015, and 2015 gross metro product growth (in other words, the metro area’s economic growth rate). They also looked at federal unemployment data. Finally, they considered median annual pay for college-educated workers in each area, using data from Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 metro areas in America with the fastest-growing populations and economies.

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Apr. 3, 2017

11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017 - Kiplinger

Located in the southwest corner of the Gem State, Boise benefits as a regional alternative to Seattle, Portland, or Salt Lake City, all a six- to eight-hour drive away (but hey, this is the West, where folks are used to driving long distances).

Boise is the state capital, largest city in the state, and home of Boise State University, with its iconic blue-turfed football stadium. It’s also one of the least expensive large metros in the wide-open spaces of the West. Local industries that are hiring briskly include health care, construction, manufacturing and finance. Boise is big on both agribusiness and semiconductors, and has many tech start-ups. Clearwater Analytics, a local start-up, now has a 10-story building downtown. The great outdoors is always close by with the Rocky Mountains and ski resorts. Big employers include St. Luke’s health systems, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Micron Technology, HP and the state government.

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May. 3, 2017

Boise Among Top 5 Cities for Young Families 2017

Don’t worry if you’re not familiar—what Boise lacks in fame it makes up for in peaceful standard of living at a very reasonable price. 

In fact, next to Arlington, Boise is the least expensive place to live in our list at $942 average monthly rent. Not only is it cheap, it’s also incredibly safe: in 2006 Boise came in #1 on Farmer’s Insurance list of the most secure places to live. 

That’s not the only thing that makes Boise a great place to raise a family. Boise Town Square is the city’s biggest mall and has everything you could want, from a Build-a-Bear Workshop to a Dave and Busters. 

Zoo Boise is beautiful, educational, and fun for all ages, and Bogus Basin is a fantastic weekend ski getaway.

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Mar. 9, 2016

Men’s Journal: Boise in Top List of Best Places to Live 2016

Men's Journal highlights Boise, Idaho as the revamped rocky mountain city.

"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."

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May. 23, 2017

Boise #2 City for Young Professionals 2017 - Forbes

Approximately 1.9 million students around the country will graduate with bachelor’s degrees this year, many this month and next. A key question as they prepare to pursue their dreams: where?

The most surprising may be No. 2 Boise, Idaho, which makes the list thanks to strong job growth projections and a high percentage of adults with college degrees. Boise also ranked 13th on our list of the best places for business, in part due to its fast-growing tech sector. Government and business, however, remain the strongest sectors.

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