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Our Metropolitan Home

If there were a list of the places most likely to be on “Best Places” lists, Boise would be a top contender.

Maybe it’s the mountains, or the river that cuts right through town (and through campus). Maybe it’s the low crime rate or the affordable cost of living. Maybe it’s our thriving local arts community, or our burgeoning cluster of high-tech start-ups. Whatever it is we have here, it seems to inspire superlatives:

  • One of the “Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial states” (CNN Money)
  • One of the “Healthiest Cities” (Women’s Health/Men’s Health)
  • One of the “Top 10 Places to Live” (Relocate America)
  • One of the “Best Cities for Raising a Family” (Forbes)
  • One of the “Safest Places to Live in America” (Business Insider)
  • One of the “Top 10 Downtowns in America” (Livability.com)
  • One of the “Best River Towns in America” (Outside Magazine)
  • One of the “Hottest Music Cities in America” (The Atlantic)
  • One of the “Fittest Towns of the West” (Sunset Magazine)

 

Boise State has been named one of the top three universities in the country for fly fishing — you can hook a trout in the shadow of Bronco Stadium. A walk or ride down the Greenbelt takes you past swimming holes, a whitewater park for kayakers and surfers and the ballpark where future Colorado Rockies take their first professional swings as Boise Hawks. If you head the other direction, you’ll see hundreds of floaters and tubers on hot summer days, cyclists, stand-up paddle-boarders and rock climbers who take to the cliffs above the Boise River.

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Big City Excitement, Small Town Feel

Into food? Boise hosts two farmers’ markets Downtown, and a growing menu of local and national restaurant options from food trucks and steak houses to unique international cuisine. We’re supportive of local business and commerce while growing a healthy mix of economic development and industry.

Boise is the home of the four-day Treefort Music Fest and groups like the Idaho Dance Theatre, one of the local arts groups that join acclaimed international traveling performers in using the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, right here on our campus.

Families enjoy Boise’s schools, low costs and low crime rates — and many find comfortable homes among our diverse religious communities. And our many cultures love to share with each other: from the Jewish Deli Days to the Greek and Russian food festivals to the huge gathering of Basques from around the world held every five years in Boise, the city loves to come together for special events.

“HOW DO FOLKS GET ANY WORK DONE AROUND HERE? THE SKIING, SNOWBOARDING, FISHING, BIKING AND KAYAKING IN AND AROUND BOISE ARE AN ALMOST IRRESISTIBLE TEMPTATION TO DESERT YOUR DESK.”Kiplinger

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130 miles of hiking and biking trails; 25 miles of Boise River Greenbelt; 16 miles to 2,600 acres of skiable terrain

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Where High Tech Meets the Mountains

Boise’s local companies make microchips and memory sensors, solar-powered streetlights and wireless hotspots. They make some of the world’s most renowned trout fly reels and most reliable and durable whitewater rafts. We’re the home of the Pacific Northwest’s largest aircraft services company and one of the country’s leading manufacturers of diesel-electric light and heavy rail engines.

And many of these companies are powered by Boise State innovations and employees. More than 600 Bronco alumni work at Micron Technology, for example. Boise State graduates make up the entire international foods division at the J.R. Simplot Co. Our computer science students are in such demand that by the time they finish their third year, about 90 percent of them have locked down local internships – many with job offers waiting for them when they graduate. That entire department is moving into the heart of downtown (which is just a few blocks away from campus), because tech and civic leaders find the program and its students such a valuable part of this industry.

Boise State alumni, students, faculty and staff are driving forces behind much of Boise’s visual arts scene, the popular outdoor Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the edgy Boise Contemporary Theatre. And the relationship between the arts community and campus is poised to take another leap soon with the creation of a new Fine Arts Building along Boise State’s main entrance, just across the bridge from the Boise Art Museum and the rest of the city’s cultural district.

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410 start-ups in 2012 for every 100,000 adults; and a leading patent producer in the country

“DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE CALM MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS OF IDAHO’S PICTURESQUE BOISE VALLEY. NESTLED IN THEIR MIDST IS A BURGEONING HUB FOR TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE STARTUPS.”CNN Money

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Boise State University thanks Treefort Music Fest and Jeremy Conant for the use of their photography on this webpage.