September 13, 2017

Boise, Idaho


Here’s a free collection of resources about Boise, Idaho- blogs, videos, groups, first-hand experiences and advice from people who live in Boise, etc.

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Boise, Idaho: Blogs

Here’s a list of Boise blogs and websites written by people who live in Boise, or are about Boise.

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City of Boise cityofboise.org 2017
City of Boise Twitter twitter.com/CityOfBoise 2017
Boise Public Library boisepubliclibrary.org 2017
Idaho Statesman idahostatesman.com/news/local 2017
KTVB ktvb.com/local 2017
Boise Weekly boiseweekly.com 2017
KIVI TV kivitv.com/news 2017
Idaho Business Review idahobusinessreview.com 2017
Downtown Boise Association downtownboise.org 2017
Chamber of Commerce boisechamber.org 2017
Boise Art Museum boiseartmuseum.org 2017
Convention & Visitors Bureau boise.org 2017
Junior League Of Boise jlboise.com 2017
Boise, ID NextDoor nextdoor.com/city/boise–id 2017
Wikipedia Article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boise,_Idaho 2017
Zillow Real Estate zillow.com/boise-id 2017

Boise, Idaho: Groups

Boise Groups On Facebook

  1. Boise & The Treasure Valley History Facebook Group (32,703 members)
  2. Boise Buy, Sell, Trade Group (16,799 members)
  3. Boise Bench Dwellers (8,150 members)
  4. The Northend (6,172 members)
  5. Boise, Idaho Buy, Sell & Trade Group (3,902 members)
  6. Boise Events & Expos (3,165 members)
  7. Boise “Rocks” (2,703 members)
  8. Boise Foodies (1,393 members)
  9. Boise Moms, Dads & Tots (736 members)
  10. Boise RC Group (661 members)
  11. Boise Bike Lanes Group (655 members)
  12. Boise State Parents (466 members)
  13. Boise Singles (464 members)
  14. Boise Benchers (317 members)
  15. History of Boise (1863-1963) (268 members)
  16. Boise Small Business Networking (141 members)
  17. Boise 10th Ward (103 members)

Other Boise Groups, Forums and Events

  1. Eventbrite Events Near Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho: Survey

We’re surveying people about living in Boise, ID. Here will be a collection of their responses.

*The information gathered via surveys may or may not be correct. Hopefully it will be helpful to you!

*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in Boise)


**Click here to share your experience living in Boise**


Boise, Idaho: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Boise?

  • How friendly and family-oriented it is. (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • The Greenbelt, walkability of downtown. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • I was born here in 1947, left in 1962, I’m back now five months a year. Ridge to Rivers trails. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Boise is not too big and not too small. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • Having the Greenbelt as a way to get around or just enjoy, close access to camping/hiking/outdoors, and the growing food/drink culture. (Kim, 23 years)
  • How close everything is- outdoor activities, freeway, grocery shopping, airport… (Heidi, 25 years)
  • I can bike or walk to places that I want to go. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Lifestyle. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Boise?

  • It’s far from my family. (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • Conservative people holding us back from infrastructure and transportation updates. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • Smoke, poor air quality at times, broken Greenbelt. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Mormon influenced conservatism. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • The constant road construction that is never where it seems we need it the most (like better intersections at major on/off ramps from the highway), lack of retail shopping choices, such as an outlet mall. (Kim, 23 years)
  • How quickly the area is changing. Too many people are moving here. Drug use seems to have gone up. Finding needles…cost of living going up. (Heidi, 25 years)
  • Too much traffic. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Traffic and lack of public transit. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Boise?

  • Hiking, the river, parks. (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • Greenbelt, foothills, dining. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • Ride my bikes everywhere. Go to the Co-Op and Wholefoods. Eastside Cycle. Boise Fry Company. Willow Creek Road. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Go outdoors, downtown, see live music, small talk with friendly people. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • Hiking trails, Greenbelt bike rides, brewery or winery tours, Zoo Boise, Discovery Center Idaho, floating the river, Bogus Basin, happy hours, live music events at the Botanical Gardens. (Kim, 23 years)
  • Hiking, lots of events… (Heidi, 25 years)
  • Visit foothills, restaurants, theaters. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Ride Greenbelt, BSU football, Steelheads. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Reputation

What’s Boise known for?

  • Potatoes (Idaho in general, haha), the Greenbelt?? (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • Outdoor activities. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • Trek seems to understand that we have a big bicycle community. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Blue turf, beautiful and close outdoors. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • Becoming the “new Portland”, growing foodie culture. (Kim, 23 years)
  • City of trees. (Heidi, 25 years)
  • Boise’s more liberal than the rest of the state. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Boise State. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Crime

What’s the crime like in Boise?

  • Pretty low in most areas. (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • Scale 1 – 10 (10 being Southside Chicago) — 4. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • What crime? It’s only there in the papers and I ignore it. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Really low on crime. Being a victim of petite thefts seems to be unavoidable. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • Minimal, often non-violent offenses such as theft, etc. Boise’s not as safe as it used to be, but I still don’t feel threatened walking at night. (Kim, 23 years)
  • It’s changing quickly in and around the city. When I first moved here the local news stations only had good news to report. Now there are a lot of news stories about crime, etc… (Heidi, 25 years)
  • Getting worse with growth. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Daily- low. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Advice

Any advice for people moving to Boise?

  • You won’t regret it. (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • Volunteer for local non-profits and political campaigns. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • Get ready to beat your personal bests. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Bring a good attitude, and enjoy Boise for what it has to offer. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • Be prepared to experience all four seasons! Invest in a good AWD/4WD vehicle to keep up with outdoor adventures and winter fun. (Kim, 23 years)
  • Live close to where you work. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Don’t. It’s our secret. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Boise (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • We love all the hot springs! (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • Tour de Fat is always fun! (Andrea, 7 years)
  • I sometimes go and visit the graves of my great great grandfather and relatives at the Pioneer Cemetery. Illustrating what bollards would so for 8th Street. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Going downtown, and drinking and laughing with fun people is a guarantee. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • The River Festival… (Heidi, 25 years)
  • Fun- looking for geocache and glass marble treasure hunts. (Debbie, 28 years)

Boise, Idaho: The Future

How do you think Boise will change over the next 10 years?

  • Too many people will move here. (Jennifer, 2 years)
  • More building, less open lands. More undesirable areas will become gentrified. My hope is that it comes with better public transportation, and high wages, so those pushed out won’t suffer. (Andrea, 7 years)
  • Better bicycling town. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Hopefully it won’t change too much. I imagine it’ll get bigger, more impersonal and traffic will be terrible. (Mesha, 17 years)
  • It will grow! I think Boise and surrounding areas have been projected to double in the next 10 years. (Kim, 23 years)
  • I think it will deteriorate. There will be more crime and homelessness. I think the city needs to really acknowledge there is a problem and make a plan to fix it. I also think it will become more crowded and we’ll see air quality change. (Heidi, 25 years)
  • Depends on our choices… Hopefully we’ll make downtown more accessible to walking, bicycles and mass transit. Have less space reserved for parked cars. (Debbie, 28 years)
  • Should have significant growth. (Kevin, 42 years)

Boise, Idaho: Other Facts

Any other interesting facts about Boise?

  • It’s a lot more liberal and understanding than you would think given the state of the state. (Davis, 15+ years)
  • Boise doesn’t plow snow in the winter. I’m from New England. This past winter road conditions were ridiculous and unacceptable. (Heidi, 25 years)
  • City of trees! (Debbie, 28 years)