Caldwell, Idaho

Life in Caldwell, Idaho, explained by people who’ve lived in Caldwell:

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Caldwell Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Caldwell?

  • Very friendly community members. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • It’s not that big. (Lauren, 3 years)
  • The old residential area downtown. My husband and I love to walk around in those neighborhoods and our dream is to someday buy a house there. (Kalli, 4 years)
  • The proximity of Boise without the city. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • Quiet. (Mary, 6 years)
  • It’s home. Its charm. (Ciera, 26 years (my whole life))
  • Nothing anymore. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • The people, the great things happening all around us. (Lori, 58.5 years – 5 years total, living in other Idaho towns)

Caldwell Least Favorites

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

  • The commute to Boise. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • The drive to Boise (son’s specialists are all there). (Lauren, 3 years)
  • I don’t like having to drive all the way to Nampa or Boise for good Thai food… Also, not a huge fan of our jail/tent since we live near there and people breaking out makes me nervous. (Kalli, 4 years)
  • There isn’t a lot to do. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • Places are too far to walk to from my house. (Mary, 6 years)
  • People’s judgments about Caldwell being so bad when it’s not. (Ciera, 26 years)
  • The crime. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • The past ‘gang issues” a repute that occasionally still plagues us. (Lori, 58.5 years)

Caldwell Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Caldwell?

  • Mallard Park, Farmer’s Market, Lake Lowell Rec area, Canyon County Fair helicopter ride, Indian Creek Plaza. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • Mallard Park, Library. (Lauren, 3 years)
  • Walk around the neighborhoods near the College, go to Downtown and enjoy The Bird Stop and Flying M, and go to the bookstore downtown (the owners are super cool and are always down for a fun conversation). Also, the drive in movie theater is fun. (Kalli, 4 years)
  • The most we usually do in actual Caldwell is the fair. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • The splash park. (Mary, 6 years)
  • Parks, but now there is so much more with the plaza and theater. (Ciera, 26 years)
  • The parade in December. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • The many parks, the new Indian Creek Plaza. (Lori, 58.5 years)

Caldwell’s Reputation

What’s Caldwell known for?

  • The Night Rodeo. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • Canyon county fair, CNR. (Lauren, 3 years)
  • The Christmas lights downtown and the cardboard boat races 🙂 Also, older folks in Nampa-Mountain Home all think it’s ghetto here (which I’m okay with because it keeps a ton of people from moving here.) (Kalli, 4 years)
  • Rodeos. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • Sadly crime, but I believe people are too critical. (Ciera, 26 years)
  • Its crime. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • The Winter WONDERLAND! (Lori, 58.5 years)

Caldwell Crime

What’s the crime like in Caldwell? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Unsure. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • Not bad where I live (Nampa/Caldwell border). (Lauren, 3 years)
  • Unless you’re involved in shady stuff, you’ve got very little to worry about. There are a couple streets/neighborhoods that are a bit sketchy. (Kalli, 4 years)
  • Not too sure but numbered streets aren’t typically where I like to be. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • It’s not too bad. (Mary, 6 years)
  • It really isn’t bad at all like people think. (Ciera, 26 years)
  • Horrible. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • Better than it used to be! New gang laws have helped and an awesome Law Enforcement team with CPD and CCSO. (Lori, 58.5 years)

Caldwell Advice

Any advice for people moving to Caldwell?

  • Prepare for a long commute, unless you’re a stay at home parent or retired. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • Nothing specifically for Caldwell but in general- do not buy in a subdivision where the houses are built close together, you may get crappy neighbors. (Lauren, 3 years)
  • Check your HOAs. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • Don’t believe all you hear. Caldwell is wonderful. (Ciera, 26 years)
  • Don’t move here. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • It’s a great town with room for growth and a lot of potential. (Lori, 58.5 years)

Caldwell Stories

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

  • Painted rock hunting at Mallard Park. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • Fun at Mallard Park. (Lauren, 3 years)
  • The Canyon county fair is always memorable. (Jenica, 5 years)

Caldwell’s Future

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

  • It will grow a lot. (Rhiannon, 1 year)
  • Probably get bigger and offer more in shopping and medical services. (Lauren, 3 years)
  • I think the businesses downtown will grow. I’m hoping more interesting restaurants will come into the area. (Kalli, 4 years)
  • It is growing a lot, which could be for better or for worse. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • We can only go up from here. Our economy is rising and we are doing so much better. (Ciera, 26 years)
  • The crime rate will increase. (LaTasha, 29 years)
  • It has changed a lot in the past 10 years, so… ☺️ Hopefully all good changes! (Lori, 58.5 years)

Caldwell Facts

Any other interesting facts about Caldwell?

  • The Christmas parade and lights downtown are fantastic. (Jenica, 5 years)
  • The history of Caldwell is pretty awesome. (Lori, 58.5 years)