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Boise, ID

Boise is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides
224,300
Boise Population7
$
46,093
Median Income6
5.1
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Boise's aged 45- to 54-years old saw the steapest decline since 2010, falling by 10%, whereas the average population in that segment only declined by 4%

Age

36.2
Median Age7
8.6
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Boise residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 1.5% since 2010, while the Hispanic community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 44.0%

Race

82.2
%
Idaho Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Boise's somewhat high elevation of 2,730 feet is one of the reasons the city sees relatively little rainfall and low humidity. The average annual rainfall is only 12 inches with 53% humidity

Weather

25
%
Chance of Rain11
63
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature40

 

Housing

The average home value in Boise increased by 96% since 2010 which is 54% higher than the national average and 16% higher than the state average

Rent

$
1,480
Monthly Average12
40
%
Renters41

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Boise is a somewhat low tax location with sales tax 13% lower than the national average and property tax 35% lower than the national average, but income tax 18% higher than the national average.

Other

0.72
%
Property Tax21
6.0
%
Sales Tax20
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)42

 

Employment

Boise has a high employment rate of 95% which is 1% higher than the national average. The largest employers are SCHEELS and North Dakota State University

Income

18.3
%
<$25,0006
13.7
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Boise is centrist with a conservative slant and has a Democratic representative in Congress. However, the city is politically segregated with clear Democratic and Republican enclaves, which commonly can be attributed to racial divides

2016 Presidential Election Results44

Representatives

Mayor28 Lauren McLean
Democratic
House of Representative28 Michael K. Simpson
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, St Luke's Regional Medical Center, is 4.1 miles from the center of Boise, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Boise VA Medical Center, is 5.6 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, is 299.6 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 No
Decriminalized29 No
 

Safety

In Idaho, 57.8% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a marginal decrease from 2000 when 60.9% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
No
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#60 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#70 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#19 2020 Best Cities for Families by U.S. News & World Report33
#51 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche34
#17 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report35
#21 2019 Best Cities to Retire by WalletHub36
 

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