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Gateway to Southwestern IdahoA strong, diversified technology economy, educated work force, entrepreneurial spirit and impressive quality of life set Treasure Valley apart when it comes to business. The Treasure Valley represents the Boise-Nampa MSA, including Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem and Owyhee counties.


Forbes magazine recently named Boise the second-best place in the country for business and careers. For the past five years, Boise has been ranked near the top in this prestigious ranking.


A 2007 survey conducted by the Virginia Tech University Department of Urban Affairs and Planning identified Boise as one of the world's emerging knowledge regions.


"Boise, Idaho, is part of a growing community of so-called emerging high technology regions. Even though Boise's high-tech economy is small when compared to places like Silicon Valley or Seattle, the technology community in the Treasure Valley is highly specialized and very entrepreneurial. The region is home to leading high-technology employers such as Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. These firms contributed to the creation of a skilled labor pool and the formation of many dynamic and entrepreneurial startups. "


- Heike Mayer, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning Program, Virginia Tech-Alexandria Center


Gateway to Southwestern IdahoBoise SnapShot


Population within a 45-minute drive area:  632,000


Total Workforce:  More than 330,000

  • More patents are generated per capita in the Boise Valley than any other region in the country
  • Nearly 110,000 of the workforce are degreed workers.

Average Commute Time:  81.0 minutes

Average Age:  33.1 years


Elevation:  2,842 feet above sea level


Average Temperatures:

  • January, 29.9° F
  • August, 72.2° F
  • Annual Average (Mean):  50.9° F

Average Annual Precipitation:  12.11 inches of rain, 20.9 inches of snow


Source:  Idaho Department of Commerce & U.S. Census Bureau.  "Boise-Nampa MSA" includes Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, and Owyhee counties.

Location and Geography

Gateway to Southwestern Idaho

The Treasure Valley is located in southwest Idaho 430 miles from the seaport terminal of Portland, Oregon; 384 miles south of Spokane, Washington; and 360 miles northwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. Boise's location serves as a conduit to provide highway, air and rail access to the Northwest, allowing market access to 66 million consumers within a 750 mile radius.


Known as the City of Trees (derived from the French word "Les Bois"), Boise's early roots are centered on the Oregon Trail days when the city served as a rest stop for west-bound settlers. Serving as the state capital of Idaho, Boise is the state's hub of commerce, industry and transportation. Treasure Valley residents have access to endless mountains, rivers and lakes. Just a few miles north of downtown are the Boise Front Foothills that offer an elaborate trail system for hiking and mountain biking. The Boise River, which runs through the middle of the city, is a popular destination for swimming and rafting. Skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, and fly fishing are just a few more outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed right outside Boise's and the Treasure Valley's backyard.

Fast Facts 

  • Forbes ranks Boise #15 in America's Fastest Growing Cities. (January 2013)
  • Boise is the 3rd lowest-cost place to do business in the Pacific according to KMPG. (March 2012)
  • Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine rate Boise as one of the best places in the US to live and work.
  • CNNMoney.com ranks Boise as #3 among the 25 Best Places to Retire in the nation. (September 2011)
  • National Geographic Adventure says the Treasure Valley is one of the Top 31 Best Live & Plan Towns.
  • The median priced home in Boise and Ada County is $147,000 and nearby Canyon County $79,000.  (Intermountain Listing Service, 3Q11)
  • The airport serves about 3 million passengers a year and is less than five miles from downtown Boise.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Idaho #3 Highest Projected Percentage Job Growth, 2008-2018 (September 2011)
  • Idaho Northern & Pacific Railraod (INPR) provides freight service over four branch lines in southwestern Idaho and northeastern Oregon.
  • Boise and Nampa, Idaho, are ranked as the most secure locations to live in the United States among large metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or greater.  (Source:  Third Annual Most Secure U.S. Places to Live rankings from Farmers Insurance Group of Companies)

Top RankingsGateway to Southwestern Idaho


  • #11 Top 100 Best Places to Live
    Livability.com, October 2013
  • #7 America's Best Airports
    Travel+Leisure, October 2013
  • #4 Top Ten Downtowns
    Livability.com, October 2012
  • #6 America's Hottest Music Cities
    The Atlantic, March 2012
  • "Fittest Towns of the West"
    Sunset, February 2012
  • #5 Healthiest Cities
    Women's Health/Men's Health, January 2012
  • #2 Five Safest Cities for Driving in America
    Allstate Insurance Co., September 2011
  • #8, 10 Best Places to live in the U.S.
    CBS Market Watch, August 2011
  • #5 Best Performing Medium Metro, Summer 2011
    Headlight-LLC, October 2011
  • #10 Best Places to Find A Job
    The Fiscal Times, November 2011

Gateway to Southwestern IdahoBusiness Climate


The regulatory environment in the Boise Valley is pro-business.  Headquartered here are Albertsons a SUPERVALU Company, Idaho Power, Micron Technology, Simplot, URS, Amalgameted Sugar Company, Boise Cascade LLC, and WinCo Foods.


Weyerhaeuser has a large campus and technical center in the valley and Hewlett-Packard, one of the largest private employers in the area second to Micron, has a large Boise campus specializing in printers and scanners.


Technology investment is increasingly important to the city, which also is now home to high-tech employers including Sybase and Microsoft, which reently purchased locally-owned ProClarity.  Boise has thriving in-bound technical call centers like Qwest, T-Mobile and DirecTV, all of which are major employers in the Boise call-center industry.



Home of Boise State Broncos


The Treasure Valley and Boise State University are proud to be home to the 2007, 2010, 2014 Fiesta Bowl Champions the Boise State Broncos! The Treasure Valley enthusiastically supports the Broncos, selling out every home game at Bronco Stadium, a 30,000 seat football stadium known for its blue AstroPlay field.


Other institutions of higher learning:

  • Northwest Nazarene University (NNU)
  • The College of Idaho
  • Branches of Idaho State University
  • University of Idaho
  • College of Western Idaho

The region has made a long-term commitment to work-force training, recently creating a new community college to serve the Treasure Valley region.



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