City of Boise Lifestyles


  • 4th Best City to Live, Work and Play
    Kiplinger Personal Finance, May 2008
  • 100 Best Communities for Young People
    America’s Promise Alliance, January 2008
  • No. 10 of 375 Best Places to Live
    Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition, May 2007No. 6 of 72 Major Cities for Environmental Quality
    Earth Day Network, February 2007
  • 6th Best City for Environmental Quality
    Earth Day Network, February 2007
  • Tree City USA and Growth Award
    The National Arbor Day Foundation, February 2007
  • Most Secure Place to Live in the United States Among Large Metropolitan Areas
    Farmers Insurance Group, December 2006
  • A Top Retirement Spot
    Where to Retire magazine, September 2006
  • No. 8 Best Place to Live
    Money Magazine, July 2006

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Healthcare System

The Boise medical community offers 6 hospitals, 750 licensed physicians, and more than 1,200 hospital beds. The major hospitals in Boise are Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, an acute-care facility featuring a regional trauma center; and Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center.

Map List of Hospital Locations and Website


  • Boise Rated #2 in Nation for Business and Careers
    Forbes Magazine (May 26, 2003)
  • No. 3 Best Place for Business and Careers
    Forbes Magazine, April 2007
  • Top Spot for Women to Start a New Career
    More Magazine, September 2007
  • Best City for Mid-Level Professionals, May 2007


  • 4th Best Walking City in the U.S.
    Prevention magazine, April 2006
  • No. 7 Best Minor Pro-Sports Market
    Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal, August 2007

Climate: Boise Weather

Boise has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons.   So, if you like warm sunny days, fall colors, or even cooler weather, you can have them all in Boise.  Boise can experiences hot and dry summers with highs exceeding 100 °F  5.6 days in a typical year and 90 °F on 46 days.

Yet snowfall averages are less than19 inches, on average falls in amounts of 3 inches or less.  Fall and spring  are mild. Autumn is short and spring is gradual. Precipitation is mainly light and  infrequent, especially so during the summer time. Extremes have ranged from −25 °F on December 22, 1990 to 111 °F , recorded July 19, 1960.

Boise is in High Desert

Boise is a dry climate. Because of the aridity, even summer nights often offer significant and crisp cool-downs. Winters are cold, with a January average of 30.2 °F , and lows falling to 0 °F or below on around 4 nights per year.  What’s notable is the abundant sunshine which is why there is so little rain or snow. But, if you want snow, the drive into the mountains is less than an hour away with world class skiing and related activities.


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