Boise is the Capital of Idaho.
The Boise River is just two blocks from Boise Centre and flows through the city.
Boise is the largest city between Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon.
Boise is the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest.
According to the 2010 Census, the population of Boise is 205,671.
On July 3, 1890, Idaho was the 43rd state to join the union.
Boise is home to the Boise State University with an estimated 20,000 students. BSU is well-known for its blue turf football field. University of Idaho and Idaho State University also have campuses in Boise.
There are 2,700 acres of parks and urban trails throughout Boise. The greenbelt provides 27 miles of riverfront paths for walking, jogging, cycling, etc.
Boise has many cultural offerings including: Boise Philharmonic, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho and many theater, music and performance groups.
Sports are a big part of the Boise scene. There are several ski resorts near Boise. There are 17 golf courses through the city. Mountain biking, fishing, hunting and whitewater rafting are also very popular.
Boise is the headquarters for several major companies, such Boise Cascade, J.R. Simplot Company, Micron Technology, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, WinCo Foods, IDOCORP Inc., Bodybuilding.com, Clearwater Analytics . Other major industries are headquartered in Boise or have large manufacturing facilities present. The Idaho state government is also one of the area’s largest employers.
Numbering about 15,000, Boise's ethnic Basque community is the second largest such community in the United States after Bakersfield, California and the fifth largest in the world outside Mexico, Argentina, Chile and the Basque Country in Spain and France. A large Basque festival known as Jaialdi is held once every five years (next in 2015).
Boise is a regional hub for Jazz and Theater. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is hosted in Boise each spring. The city is also home to a number of museums, including the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Historical Museum, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho Black History Museum, Boise WaterShed, Discovery Center of Idaho and World Center for Birds of Prey.
Several theater groups operate in Boise, including the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Little Theatre and Boise Contemporary Theater.