Nampa, Idaho

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

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Nampa Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Nampa?

  • Bike trails and walking paths. (Sue, 3 months)
  • Easy access to stores. (J., 6 months)
  • The small town feel. Friendliness of the people who live here. All the convenient shopping. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • Nothing. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • The rec center. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • My family. (E, 15 years)
  • Activities. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • The same town feel or country living. (Anonymous, 8 years this last time, but over my 72 years a total of 25 years as I was born in Nampa and moved around. After marriage, husband took us out of state.)
  • It’s not Meridian or Boise, close to the mountains. (Danny, Born and raised! 40 years)
  • More stores for shopping than in a smaller town. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa Least Favorites

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

  • Smell of sugar beet factory. (Sue, 3 months)
  • Sketchy parts of nampa. (J., 6 months)
  • 84 at rush hour. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • The traffic to Boise. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • Rude people. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • The smell of the sugar beet factory. (Amanda, 6 years)
  • Singles ward. (E, 15 years)
  • Conservatives, lmao. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • The increased traffic and losing all the farm land. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Growth. (Danny, 40 years)
  • Rude drivers.(Kay, 40 years)

Nampa Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Nampa?

  • Eat, walk, bike, visit downtown. (Sue, 3 months)
  • Dog park. (J., 6 months)
  • Thrift store shopping, fishing, parks, dog park, farmers market, great downtown shopping, bowling, roller rink. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • Lake Lowell fishing. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • Rec center. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • Rollerdrome, Lake Lowel, Brick 29, farmers market on Saturday, Halloween downtown. (Amanda, 6 years)
  • Go to Boise. (E, 15 years)
  • Go out to eat, parks, scenic walks. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Stampede, activities are Civic center. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Rodeo, going to the parks, shows at the Idaho Center, plays. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa’s Reputation

What’s Nampa known for?

  • Bricks 29. (Sue, 3 months)
  • Being sketchy. (J., 6 months)
  • Mexicans. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • I don’t know. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • Sugar beat factory, potatoes. (E, 15 years)
  • BMX track with the kids, paddle boarding at Lowell. (Danny, 40 years)
  • Snake River Stampede. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa Crime

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

  • No experience. (Sue, 3 months)
  • Not as bad as I thought, but I did come home one day to find 12 cops across from my house at a vacant property. (J., 6 months)
  • My area- I haven’t seen any. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • Horrible, got involved in a hit and run recently, actually. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • Moderate to high. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • Vehicle break-ins in nicer neighborhoods frequently. (Amanda, 6 years)
  • Head to Caldwell, lol. (E, 15 years)
  • Few bad spots, but pretty okay. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • We still have a lot. North side still has spots, as well as the Southside of down town area. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Could be better. (Danny, 40 years)
  • Need to do more about the drug problem. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa Advice

Any advice for people moving to Nampa?

  • Better like winter. (Sue, 3 months)
  • Try to clean up the area! Properties are rising! (J., 6 months)
  • Be friendly, be polite, this is what makes Nampa stand out. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • Don’t. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • Don’t. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • Park in garage. (Amanda, 6 years)
  • Don’t. (E, 15 years)
  • Learn how to drive. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Visit area during daytime and evening and ask the locals about area you are thinking of buying. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Don’t drive like an *ss. (Danny, 40 years)
  • Don’t move here and try to change things to your way. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa Stories

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

  • Dinner at Bricks29. (Sue, 3 months)
  • I can look out any window of my subdivision house and see horses! (J., 6 months)
  • I love to fish at Wilson’s pond. One day I wasn’t catching anything. This kind gentleman caught a large trout and just gave it to me. Great dinner that night. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • Went to Eagle Island with my family. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • All the downtown businesses close up early to give out candy on Halloween. Everyone participates, so it’s a great time for all the kiddos. (Amanda, 6 years)
  • Moving out was pretty great. (E, 15 years)
  • Art in the park and festivals are good. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Back in the 60’s we used to go skating at the Rollerdrome every Saturday night. Sledding in the winter at Dry Lake. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa’s Future

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

  • Lots of growth leading to loss of agricultural land. (Sue, 3 months)
  • More buildings and cleaner properties. (J., 6 months)
  • It will grow. I just hope it still keeps it’s kind loving heart. (Barbara, 2 years)
  • More crime. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • I don’t know. (Sheri, 5 years)
  • Getting bigger every day. (Amanda, 6 years)
  • The Karcher Mall will be worse than it is now. (E, 15 years)
  • Hopefully less conservative. (Anonymous, 19 years)
  • Larger, more traffic, less farm land, possible more organized crime (we have groups now). (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Massive growth. (Danny, 40 years)
  • More people, more stores, more traffic. (Kay, 40 years)

Nampa Facts

Any other interesting facts about Nampa?

  • Get out while you can. (Robbie, 2 years)
  • Great place to watch 4th July fire works at the golf course. They open it up for everyone to picnic and watch the light show. (Amanda, 6 years)