Known as the city of trees, Boise has the highest population of any state city and a rich historical background. Single-family homes of every size are plentiful, along with a wide assortment of apartment or condominium options. There is a great deal of new development in Boise and the surrounding areas, allowing for plenty of opportunities for new construction and custom builds.
Boise’s diverse neighborhoods provide a range of options for every lifestyle. East End and Warm Springs Avenue features large Victorian homes, some of which were built shortly before the 20th century. The streets are lined with mature trees, adding to the traditional appeal. This area is close to many of Boise’s main attractions, including the Botanical Gardens and the Old Idaho Penitentiary. West Boise is further from the city and includes more modern suburban communities. The area borders on Meridian, a town that has seen enormous growth in recent years. Community perks include a local YMCA, a large assortment of restaurants and retail developments, and close proximity to The Village, a charming outdoor mall with a central "town square". This recent addition to Meridian features an ice rink during the winter, frequent colorful fountain performances, a play structure for small children, and comfy outdoor seating with fire pits. The surrounding dining and shopping opportunities allow for an eventful evening or afternoon on the town.
Technology-oriented careers are plentiful in Boise, as it is home to companies and branches such as Micron, Clearwater Analytics, and Hewlett Packard. There are also two hospitals in Boise and several medical clinics, allowing for a diverse range of positions in healthcare. Other large employers include WinCo Foods, Albertsons, Idaho Power, and J.R. Simplot Company. Additional opportunities are available in retail, dining, and financial institutions. Boise is also home to BSU, a local college that offers educational services, various employment prospects, and countless community events.