Boise, Idaho

00 boise capitol mountains eveningBoise, Idaho

  • Idaho became a state July 3, 1890, the 43rd state admitted to the Union.
  • Boise became state capital: 1890
  • Boise incorporated: 1864
  • Name Origin: French trappers named Les Bois (The Woods) due to trees by the river

French trappers named this area along the river Les Bois (The Woods). Appearing as an oasis in a high-desert area, the cottonwood trees growing along the riverbank served as a distinctive landmark. Today Boise (BOY-see) is Idaho’s largest city and capital. The neo-classical capitol, completed in 1922, is faced with Idaho sandstone and filled with murals and exhibits showing the state’s past.

Boise is home to the largest Basque community in the United States. Boise State University is located here with a beautiful riverside campus. The World Center for Birds of Prey has breeding chambers for California condors and other raptors. The State Historical Museum has 10 different historical interiors such as mining, fur trading, forestry and ranching. At the Old Idaho Penitentiary visitors may see penal methods of the 1870’s.

Eagle Island State Park is 546 acres between the north and south channels of the Boise River; Boise National Forest is 2,646,341 acres containing the headwaters of the Boise and Payette rivers, and offers access to the Sawtooth Wilderness and the River of No Return Wilderness. Bogus Basin Ski Resort offers night skiing all winter long.

Things To Love About Boise

The vastness of the open hills, the closeness of the neighborhoods, the loving focus on the out-of-doors. The well-used parks, the river that’s revered, the cottonwoods and all the trees. Les Bois!

Blogs To Read About Boise

The Wood! The Wood!

Basking on Basque Block

Bird on the Hand

Esto Perpetua

A Taste of Sunday

Some Like It Hot

Just Visiting

Do The Best You Can

Liking Biking

Fries With That?

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 205,671, 18th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 2,592 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 79.36 square miles
  • Elevation: 2,726 feet, 7th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 38/25, July 91/60. Annual rainfall: 12 inches
  • Time Zone: Mountain
  • Water near: Boise River
  • Mountains near: Owyhee, Rockies. Borah Peak, in the central part of the state, is the highest point in Idaho at 12,668 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Salt Lake City, UT 339; Carson City, NV 440; Salem, OR 452
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 2,383

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 205,671         Population
  • 22.7%           Under 18
  • 11.2%            Over 65
  • 3.2%             Asian
  • 1.5%              Black
  • 7.1%              Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.7%             Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.2%             Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 85.2%           White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 10.3%           English Not Spoken at Home
  • 93.2%           High School Graduate
  • 36.9%           Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 13.7%              Below Poverty Level
  • $28.084         Per Capita Income
  • $49,516          Median Household Income
  • $197,900        Median Value of Home
  • 61.5%              Home Ownership

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