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What is the Cost of Living in Boise, Idaho?

Are you thinking about moving to Boise? You’re not alone. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau found that Boise topped the nation in growth in 2019 with a 2.78 percent population increase.

Looking around the Boise metro area, it’s not hard to see why the City of Trees is turning heads. Surrounded by picturesque hills and snow-capped mountains, Boise has an outdoorsy vibe with enough metro-area culture and industry to please almost everyone. Commutes are short, outdoor recreation is plentiful, and amenities like the famous Boise River Greenbelt and expansive city parks have gained nationwide attention.

If you ask a new Boise transplant where they’re from, many of them will list places like southern California, western Oregon and Washington.

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Boise Pronunciation Guide: How do you say that?

Whether you’ve lived in Boise all your life or just moved to town two weeks ago, there are simply some words in Boise that are hard to pronounce (try reading “Resseguie” aloud for the first time off of a street sign).

When you can talk with confidence like a local, you feel like you belong. So we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently mispronounced local words, how to pronounce them correctly, and where they came from.

Boise – pronounced "BOY-see"

While our capital city takes its name from the French word “les bois” meaning “the woods,” the way locals pronounce it is decidedly not French.

Les Bois – pronounced "Lay-bwa"

You’ll find many entities that carry the “Les Bois” name in Boise, including a junior high. As noted, this is the

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Boise furniture and home decor stores

While there are dozens of chain furniture stores in the Treasure Valley filled with hundreds of couches and tables and lamps, transforming a house into a home takes a personal touch. A new house is just good bones; you have to fill it in with heart and soul to make your home, well, home.

And by “heart and soul,” we mean mid-century couches that beckon you to relax after a long day of work; antique bookcases to hold a lifetime’s worth of tchotchkes and novels; a stately dining table designed to hold decades’ worth of family dinners; the perfect lamp to tie your living room together; and whatever else catches your eye and suits your personal style.

To help you find everything from big-ticket items to unique finishing touches, we’ve compiled a list

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Downtown Boise Construction Projects & Developments to Watch in 2021

As tumultuous as 2020 has been, construction is still a booming industry in the Treasure Valley. In the next year, Boise will continue to raise its downtown skyline and begin construction on nearly 850 apartment units, including much-needed low income, elderly, and workforce housing.

This year has also brought movement on several much-anticipated projects, including a court ruling on contested luxury condos along the Boise River, restoration of the beloved Blues Bouquet building, and a groundbreaking for a new public park downtown.

Below you’ll find a detailed list of all the downtown Boise building projects to watch in 2021.

Idaho Central Credit Union Building

Idaho Central Credit Union Building Boise

Status: Announced | 4th St and Idaho St | Downtown

This project will be

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation & Ski Resort - Boise, Idaho

Make Memories All Year Round at the Bogus Basin Recreation Area

There are not many places in the nation where the commute to your local ski resort can rival many people’s commute home from work. Then again, not many cities have a ski resort less than 45 minutes away – one of the many unique perks of living in Boise.

The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and Ski Resort, located just 16.5 miles north of Boise, is beloved in the Treasure Valley. The drive alone – along a switchback road that transitions from high desert sagebrush to coniferous evergreens, all the while offering breathtaking views of the valley across to the Owyhee Mountains – is worth the trip, regardless of the season.

One of the best things about Bogus Basin is that you

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Boise Local: Cool and Classic Things to Do in Boise

A guide to the places and activities that make Boise one-of-a-kind

When you think about what makes Boise unique, what springs to mind? Every Boisean has a beloved checklist of unique, only-found-in-Boise things that they treasure. Call them the greats or call them the classics, we’re talking about the places and activities that you’re eager to introduce out-of-town visitors to, or that convinced newcomers to make Boise their new home – the things that speak to the heart of Boise and give our city its soul.

In the interest of celebrating these classics – and maybe reminding you of a few you haven’t hit in awhile – we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. In order to narrow down our list (it turns out we have a lot of favorites!), we set a few

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Where to Stay in Boise, Idaho | Best Boise Hotels

Traveling to Boise for work or pleasure? You’re in for a treat. It’s not only the stunning vistas, whitewater rafting, incomparable hiking, vibrant cultural scene, and novel cuisine that will delight you. You’ll also get a chance to experience the best that Boise’s hospitality industry has to offer.

Whether you’re visiting Boise for a weekend getaway, exploring neighborhoods looking for a new home, or just eager for a staycation, our local hotels deliver.

Some of our favorite local hotels offer comfort in style, with incredible locations that will show you the heart of Boise and leave you feeling pampered. We’ve rounded up a shortlist of the cream of the crop; the hotels offering experiences you won’t get elsewhere. Get ready to grab your

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Best pumpkin patches around Boise | Pumpkin Patch Boise ID

Celebrating Fall in the Treasure Valley: Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and Corn Mazes

There are many ways to mark the arrival of fall – like sipping that first hot cider or steaming pumpkin spiced latte of the season – but nothing beats the tradition of visiting a local, family-owned pumpkin patch and selecting the perfect pumpkin to adorn your porch.

Fortunately, we’ve made it even easier to do so. Below you’ll find a list of Boise pumpkin patches, corn mazes and even a sunflower field to explore with your family. What better way to embrace fall than by making lasting memories with the people you love most?

Lowe Family Farmstead

2500 S Eagle Rd, Kuna, ID 83634
(208) 922-5678 | Website
Open: Mon-Thurs 4-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Field of

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Best Neighborhoods in Boise, ID

Your guide to exploring Boise's best neighborhoods – and what makes them top notch.

When hunting for a new home, people often forget to look beyond the four walls in front of them to think about how the neighborhood would support their lifestyle. But your neighborhood can be more than just a place to commute to and from – it can be the place you take long runs to unwind after work, or the home of your favorite brunch spot. It can be where you find community.

Neighborhoods are like people, full of quirks and strengths and weaknesses that are wholly unique. Picking the best one for your lifestyle and needs is important. That’s why we’re here to help.

Below, you’ll find the best neighborhoods in Boise hand-picked by us for their strengths,

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Best Boise days hikes and trails

With more than 200 miles of trails surrounding the city, it’s no exaggeration to say that Boise is a haven for hikers. It’s also a great way for families to explore the rugged beauty of our high-desert ecosystem. Below, we highlight some of the best trails in and around Boise, from easy paths that double as great nature walks for kids, to challenging day hikes. All you’ll need to pack is your sense of adventure, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

Mountain Cove

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2 miles, 175’ elevation gain
Estimated time: 45 to 60 minutes (location)

Mountain Cove is the most accessible trail in the Military Reserve trail complex, which is located in Boise’s East End neighborhood. The mostly flat trail parallels a creek and culminates in a

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