Boise is often praised as a good place to raise a family due to its low crime rate and abundance of outdoor activities. The metropolitan area also attracts retirees looking for a place to stretch their retirement money without sacrificing easy access to good healthcare options. Located on the banks of the Boise River, Boise State University (BSU) offers more than 200 fields of study with excellent nursing, computer science and engineering programs. Home prices in Boise have risen dramatically, and Boise is now one of the most popular housing markets in the country.
I have spent a small amount of time in Idaho now, four months in Boise and several months in northern Idaho. There is a growing dichotomy between the urbanization of Boise and rural Idaho, which is still in control of the legislature.