Boise

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
124/265
Details
Large apartment$1177.96
Medium apartment$953.87
Rent index [score]0.73
Small apartment$729.78

Cost of Living

6
109/250
Details
5km taxi ride$9.30
A Cappuccino$3.80
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$3.20
Bread$0.84
Inflation [score]0.58
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$32.00
Monthly public transport$41.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$65.49

Startups

4
125/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups7
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.36
Coworking spaces [score]0.10
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co9
Meetups [score]0.22
Meetups groups46
Meetups members8104
Number of investors30
Number of startup events in the last 12 months149
Number of upcoming meetup events24
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events36
Startup events [score]0.56
Startups [score]0.52
Total number of startups63

Venture Capital

3
140/226
Details
Venture capital [score]0.33

Travel Connectivity

1
229/265
Details
Airport hub16
Airport hub [score]0.15
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

2
216/247
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Boise
Traffic handling [score]0.84

Business Freedom

9
67/263
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

5
216/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.98
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year14
Guns per 100 residents212
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.62
Lack of guns [score]0.10
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.36

Healthcare

9
66/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.99
Healthcare quality [score]0.88
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
164/239
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)30
PISA ranking24
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.72
PISA reading (high school)16
PISA science (high school)19
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

8
71/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.69
Cleanliness [score]0.84
Drinking water quality [score]0.78
Urban greenery [score]0.84

Economy

7
16/262
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.87

Taxation

4
175/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.29
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.06

Internet Access

4
189/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)15.21
Internet access (download) [score]0.35
Internet access (upload) [score]0.44
Upload speed (Mbps)10.16

Leisure & Culture

4
212/263
Details
Art galleries83
Art galleries [score]0.63
Cinemas25
Cinemas [score]0.47
Comedy clubs32
Comedy clubs [score]0.81
Concert venues76
Concerts [score]0.54
Historical sites26
Historical sites [score]0.49
Museums33
Museums [score]0.37
Performing art venues76
Performing arts [score]0.49
Sport venues30
Sports [score]0.51
Zoos4
Zoos [score]0.67

Tolerance

8
88/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index73.21
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.74
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rightsAmbiguous
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.76

Outdoors

5
90/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.47
Median peak in meters1433.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)840.00
Water access [score]0.59
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Boise are in the 109th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,035$1,321
$1178
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$32
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$45
Monthly public transport$41
Lunch$13
-34%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Boise are above average. For this job type, Boise ranks 67th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Boise.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$62,217
Median salary
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Safety

Overall crime rates

Assault
Very Low
19/51
Theft
Very Low
11/49

Crime rate development in the last 6 months

Change in the last 6 months

  • Assault-23%
  • Theft-41%

Gun crimes & Ownership

211.64
Guns per 100 people
14.08
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Los, Angeles, United States

120 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, United States

Phone: +1-310-288-8334,+1-310-288-8334

U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan

Great Massoud Road, Wazir Akbar Khan , Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 700-10-8001

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People in Boise

Population of Boise

145,987
479 /km²
196/264
Density (people per unit of area)
13%
Growth in 2015-2020
Boise

Demographics of United States

Median age
38
Elderly people
15%
Life expectancy at birth
80
GDP per capita (in USD)
$54,597
12/262
Unemployment
5%
117/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English

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Software Engineer
15.38%
Marketing Manager
7.69%
C Level Executive
7.69%
Data Analyst
7.69%
Systems Administrator
7.69%
Web Developer
7.69%
Product Manager
7.69%
Other
38.46%

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Climate

Average number of clear days per year

120

Climate type

Mediterranean

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Boise

Boise is the capital and largest city of Idaho. Although its economic growth has its roots in agriculture, the city is now home to many high tech industries. Notable firms such as Albertson's, Micron, WinCo Foods and the J.R. Simplot Company are headquartered here.

Although the exact origin is disputed, the name "Boise" is thought to be derived from the French les bois, or "the trees." The name is a reference to the tree-lined Boise River, which passes through the heart of the city. To this day the city takes its "City of Trees" moniker very seriously, although before settlement there were actually very few trees in the area.

Boise began its life in the mid-1800s as Fort Boise, a U.S. Army installation located at a strategic junction on the Oregon Trail between what were then the major settlements in southern Idaho Territory, the mining camps of Silver City to the south and Idaho City to the northeast. A city grew quickly around the fort, and by 1865 became the capital of Idaho Territory (much to the chagrin of northern Idahoans, namely residents of the original capital of Lewiston). By the dawn of the 20th Century, Boise was far and away the dominant city in the region, having long eclipsed the likes of Silver City and Idaho City.

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