Boise Metropolitan Area
The Boise Metropolitan Area, also known as the Treasure Valley, is anchored by the cities of Boise, Nampa and Meridian. With a population of more than 630,000, this southwestern Idaho region is a commercial center in the Northwest, an outdoor enthusiast's paradise and a flourishing scene for arts and entertainment.
The Treasure Valley offers a reasonable cost of living, low crime rate, excellent cultural programs, numerous neighborhood parks and nearby national forests and rivers. In addition to Idaho's culture of physician independence making it one of the best places in America to be a practicing physician, several high-profile publications rank the area as one of the best places in the country. Here are just a few of the national accolades received in recent years:
- Forbes Magazine (April 2012) - Of the largest MSAs, Boise ranks #2 on Forbes list of Best Places to Raise a Family (based on median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability, commuting delays, percentage of families owning homes, crime rate and education quality).
- Medscape News (May 2012) - Identified Idaho as the Best Place to practice medicine in the West & Northwest Region of the U.S. and specifically noted Boise as a community to consider.
- CNN Money (September 2011) - Ranks the Boise metro area 3rd best place to retire and also named Idaho as the friendliest state for small businesses.
- Outside Magazine, 2010 Best Town in the Western U.S. - “The winner for best overall town in the western U.S. is Boise, Idaho.”
Community Highlights – Nampa, Idaho
Nampa, Idaho, is Idaho’s 2nd largest city with a population of more than 83,000 residents. Situated in Canyon County, Nampa lies 20 miles west of Boise, is located in the center of the Boise Metro Area and is less than 20 miles from the Boise Airport. Located along Interstate 84, the area boasts excellent transportation corridors in all four directions.
The city of Nampa is experiencing dramatic growth in its residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Nampa's family-friendly community has a distinct cultural heritage and its historic downtown stands poised for a renaissance. Civic amenities enhance the excitement of a culturally rich urban core and translate into a dynamic place to live and work.
For multiple years, Nampa has been named among the Top 100 Communities for Youth. Nampa’s schools, library, Boys and Girls Club and numerous non-profit community events and agencies give young people opportunities to grow. Nampa is also home to Northwest Nazarene University, the Idaho Hispanic Cultural Center, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and Celebration Park – showcasing Native American art from over 12,000 years ago. With wineries, golf courses, museums, concerts, a farmer’s market and annual rodeos, it’s easy for Nampa to live up to the motto, “Small town feeling - Big time fun!”
Nampa boasts tremendous recreation opportunities, with swimming, boating, fishing, off-road trails, hiking and bird watching. Just 15 miles south of town, the Snake River winds through a dramatic desert canyon. The Boise Mountains (30 miles to the north) and Owyhee Mountains (30 miles to the south) provide ample opportunities for skiing, alpine hiking, hunting, rock climbing, and amazing sightseeing. There are vast public lands perfect for exploring, biking and camping. The city sits at an elevation of 2,480 feet, and the high desert climate offers four seasons with mild winters.
Nampa and its surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. Offering good jobs, affordable housing, a safe place to raise a family and outdoor recreation opportunities are just some of what makes Nampa the great place it is! For more information on Nampa, Idaho, please visit www.ci.nampa.id.us.
Community Highlights – Kuna, Idaho
Kuna, Idaho is the Gateway City to the Birds of Prey National Habitat Area and is at the forefront of the Western Heritage Byways Project. Part of the Boise Metro Area, the city is located 15 miles southwest of Boise's downtown area.
Kuna has experienced growth over the last several years extending its boundaries to within just 4 miles of the city limits of Boise. Kuna is a community of approximately 16,000 residents, rooted as an agricultural area that is a rapidly growing progressive community, supported by an active Chamber of Commerce, a sense of community pride, and a high level of citizen involvement. Kuna prides itself in good schools, responsive businesses, and fine churches. The city is proud of its heritage, its hard working residents, a strong independent streak and past accomplishments.
Kuna has plenty of open space and outdoor recreation opportunities. Running through downtown, the greenbelt along the shores of Indian Creek is the perfect place to walk, jog or take a leisurely bike ride. South of town is the Snake River and Swan Falls Dam Recreation Area. And don’t forget to check out Kuna Cave – a lava tube cave that legend has it, was used to hide gold from a heist years ago.
Community Highlights - Fruitland, Idaho
Fruitland, Idaho is located in southwestern Idaho, near the Oregon border. Fruitland, a small rural community of just over 4,600 residents, is the geographic center of the surrounding cities of Ontario, Payette, Weiser, and New Plymouth. Located along the Snake River, it is the first city and western entrance to Idaho’s picturesque Treasure Valley. Fruitland’s elevation is 2,225 feet and is flanked by the Snake River on the west, the Payette River on the north and farmland on the south and east. As its name indicates, it is the center of one of the most productive fruit growing areas in Idaho.
Fruitland is a wonderful place to raise a family, offering great schools, shopping and a number of recreational opportunities. It is a youthful and thriving community, with a median resident age of 33 years and a population that increased 23% since 2000. A strong sense of community remains integral to life in Fruitland, as sincere and friendly people are enthusiastically involved in neighborhood activities. Fruitland has a pleasant mix of old and new and is a great place to work, play, and live.
Recreational activities are a highlight of the surrounding area. The beautiful Owyhee Mountains and Boise National Forest are within a short drive. Just north of the Treasure Valley, world class river rafting can be found on the Payette River. The Snake River flows to the south and is home to many wineries and fruit farms. This rural and small town setting is complemented by the fact that the big-city amenities of Boise, Idaho are less than an hour away.
Across the Snake River – which serves as the area’s Idaho-Oregon border – lies Ontario, Oregon. The cities of Fruitland and Ontario serve as the retail, service and medical center hub for 70,000 people within a 20-mile radius. Access to Boise from these cities is incredibly convenient via Interstate 84. U.S. Highway 95 connects Fruitland to recreation areas in northern and southern Idaho and Oregon Highways 20/26, 30 and 201 all pass through Ontario. For more information on Fruitland, Idaho, please visit http://www.fruitland.org/.