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Boise is a city in Ada County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community name derives from French for "wooded."

The latitude of Boise is 43.613N. The longitude is -116.202W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 190,117.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$42,432
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Boise demographic reports
Boise is on the Boise River.
Settlement began as a supply center for miners
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 632. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 3.3 per 1,000 people.
Ranked top home town in the state, February 2001 in the ePodunk Home Towns Index
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Aviation Festival - March 29-31, 2007
  • Western Idaho Fair - Aug. 17-26, 2007
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival - June 1-Sept. 29, 2007
  • Idaho International Film Festival - Sept. 27-30, 2007
  • Bald Eagle Days - Jan. 19-21, 2007
  • True West Cinema Festival - Aug. 10-12, 2007
  • Gene Harris Jazz Festival - April 4-7, 2007
  • Art and Roses - June 3, 2007
  • Soul Food Extravaganza - Aug. 4, 2007
  • City Harvest - Sept. 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Boise web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Lucky Peak Reservoir, Boise National Forest
Wildlife: Condors, eagles and other birds are housed at the World Center for Birds of Prey

Boise attractions: Boise City Zoo, Idaho Botanical Garden, World Center Birds of Prey
Sports teams: Hawks (minor league baseball), Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), Idaho Stampede (NBA D League)
Historic routes: Oregon Trail
Historic sites and museums: Old Idaho State Penitentiary, Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Boise Train Depot, Idaho Military History Museum, Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, Idaho Black History Museum
Colleges and universities: Boise State University, Boise Bible College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 96
Pronunciations: boy-cee

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Boise demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Ada County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 83713 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

19% of Boise residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Boise ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Boise was $22,696, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

34% of Boise residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Boise include Boise Capitol Area District, Boise Historic District, Fort Street Historic District, Harrison Boulevard Historic District, Hyde Park Historic District, Lower Main Street Commercial Historic District, South Eighth Street Historic District, State Street Historic District, Warm Springs Avenue Historic District, West Warm Springs Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Boise, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $554.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $981.


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Libraries

Libraries in Boise include Ada County District, Boise Public - Towne Square, Boise Public Library, Idaho State Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Boise include Boise Weekly, Idaho Statesman

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Politics

Ada County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Boise political report.

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Boise restaurants taking online reservations include Andrae's, Emilio's - the Grove Hotel, Red Feather Lounge ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Boise workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 23 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Boise between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Boise, ID

Pros: safety and lots of things to do

Good medical care and caring people

Cons: TRAFFIC some of the worst and most inconsiderate drivers i have ever experienced

even gets worse (if that's possible) when the college is in session

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