Boise City : Idaho


What It Is Like to Retire in Boise City

Boise is a great retirement community for active adults over 50. This mid-sized city in Idaho (it is the 3rd largest Metro in the Pacific Northwest after Seattle and Portland) has won awards including “One of the Hottest Tech Cities” – Newsweek, and “Best Town to Live and Ride” - Bike Magazine. Named by early fur trappers because of the woods along the Boise River, this city along the Oregon Trail was originally a support base for mining operations in the nearby mountains. This modern, prosperous, and livable city offers many recreational activities and a great lifestyle. Boise is located in Ada County and is the capitol of Idaho. It's nickname is "The City of Trees".

Downtown Boise is Boise's cultural center and home to many small businesses and some skyscrapers. There is a wide array of shopping and dining opportunities. A fairly large pedestrian zone on 8th street has street side cafes and restaurants, lending Boise a slightly European feel. A new development, BODO (Boise Downtown), has brought a new theater complex, popular restaurant chains, and new high-end boutiques and retail stores.  Photo of Bird's-eye view of Boise, Idaho in 2007 courtesy of Wikipedia and Timnewman1 (public domain); photo of Idaho Historical Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Karakorum90 (public domain). Check this list of Idaho active adult communities


Where to Retire in Boise City and Home Prices

The North End, known for its artistic community, contains many of Boise's older homes. It is known for quiet neighborhoods right in the center of Boise, with tree-lined drives such as Harrison Boulevard. The Camel's Back Park and Hyde Park areas offer views and many small restaurants and businesses. Northwest Boise butts up against the Boise Foothills with an eccentric mix of old and new neighborhoods and is more affordable. Communities for active adults are being added. The National Association of Realtors showed the Boise City/Nampa median home selling price to be $473,800 during the 4th quarter of 2021.


What Is Special about Boise City

The Boise River Greenbelt is a 25-mile riverfront pathway The Boise River, The Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center, Bogus Basin Mountain Resort, Minor league baseball, hockey, basketball, the Bronco Stadium and Taco Bell Arena, Basque festival, Jaiald; Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Idaho Black History Museum


What Is Not Special about Boise City

It is a long way to any other major city.

Who Will Like Retirement in Boise City

Acive adults who enjoy Southwest Idaho's easily accessible outdoors beckons with nearby mountains, desert sand dunes, canyons and whitewater rafting rivers. Living in a manageable city with many parks and bikeways. There is a sizable Mormon population. For more information about how to retire in Idaho .


Local Economy Is Driven by

A raft of major corporations have located their headquarters here. The city is known as a hi-tech center. Active adults who choose to work or volunteer will find many opportunities in Boise. View Google Map for Boise For Boise Craigslist

Climate and Physical Environment

Its location on a high desert plain in southwestern Idaho near the mountains brings mild winters and low humidity. The Boise River offers an oasis to the deserts in the area.  The average January temperature is 30 (F) and the average July temp is in the mid 70s.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Boise State University campus. Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is hosted in Boise each spring. Museums include the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Black History Museum and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Theater and dance groups include: the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre, Idaho Dance Theatre, and the Boise Contemporary Theater.



The crime rate is well below the national average.


Medical Facilities

There are at least 5 hospitals in Boise.


I-84 and I-184 run through the city. A network of bike paths makes the city exceptionally bike-friendly. The Boise Airport is a major and convenient airport. Public bus transportation is provided by ValleyRide and the Boise Urban Stages (BUS).

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Boise

City of Boise


What people are saying about Boise City

Meridian Idaho
We are in the process of having a new home built in Heritage Grove in Meridian to the west of Boise. So excited to be leaving our native California and start anew in Idaho. People are very friendly and something we lack in California are the smooth roads and great traffic flow. No litter and many trees and green lawns. The conservative attitude are a welcome change and Idaho balances their budget annually.
Posted by kteissere on May 26, 2016
Retiring near Boise!
We just purchased a home in Star, ID about 20-25 minutes outside of Boise. We fell in love with the area. It\'s one of the cleanest cities I\'ve ever seen and there are few homeless people on street corners. The people are very friendly and the cost of living will definitely be less than Redding, CA where we are from. It was 100 degrees for several days when we were there in July so it gets hot like Redding but it wasn\'t bad. Great restaurants and lots to do. The bike/walking trails are wonderful. Downtown boise has a great feel to it and as much shopping as I, a shopaholic at times, could want. It may be far from other cities but it\'s not a bad drive and there are lots of flights out. The only downside I saw is that there is quite a bit of traffic at times. The cost of homes and utilities were less than CA for sure. We think it\'s the perfect place!
Posted by erdocsmom on August 27, 2014
I don\'t know about retiring to Boise, but I travel there frequently on business and I can tell you that Boise is one of my favorite places. There is a good variety of restaurants and entertainment, the people are friendly and welcoming, and the city is almost obsessively clean. There is a large Mormon population, and politically it\'s pretty conservative. The climate is great. In the summer, temperatures get into the 90\'s but the humidity is very low so it doesn\'t feel like 90 does in a more humid climate. They do get some snow in the winter, but only a few inches at a time and it doesn\'t stay cold for weeks on end. Lots of sunshine any time of the year. If you like outdoor activities, this would be a great place to live.
Posted by garyfitch on June 18, 2014

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