Boise, Idaho is grounded in respect for our resources and delivers a spirit of can-do innovation. Part of Boise’s attraction (and our powerful retention) is the way new people, ideas and efforts take root and thrive here. This “anything’s possible” feeling means our future of “found nowhere else” opportunities could be written by best and brightest talent like you.
FOUNDED 1932 –
Idaho’s metropolitan research university, Boise State offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees in the state’s political, business and cultural center. U.S. News & World Report has twice listed Boise State as one of the top up-and-coming schools in the nation for regional universities.
FOUNDED 1889 –
The University of Idaho is the state’s oldest public university. In 2012, the U of I was the first in the nation to offer a doctorate degree in athletic training and was ranked in the top 30 in the nation as “a great university to hit the books and backcountry” by Outside magazine.
FOUNDED 1950 –
With more than 35,000 students in 49 schools, West Ada (f. Meridian School District) is Idaho’s largest school district. Over 70 different languages are represented among the district’s students. Since 1979, West Ada School District has won over 150 state titles among its sports teams, competitive academic teams and performing groups.
FOUNDED 2007 –
One of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation, CWI is a comprehensive resource for higher education. In addition to 60 academic transfer and professional-technical programs, CWI offers fast-track career training for working professionals or people seeking to enter the workforce.
FOUNDED 1865 –
Boise School District offers a variety of specialized programs, from Montessori, Dual Language, Classical, International, Harbor, Full-day and Highly Gifted programs at elementary, to the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center, Dennis Professional-Technical Center, and the state’s preeminent Advanced Placement program at the secondary level.
Of Boise’s workforce has some college education
Of Boise residents have a B.A. or higher
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey, Table S1501
Of Boise in-migration have a B.A. or higher
Source: County-to-County Migration Flows: 2007-2011 ACS.
US city for net domestic in-migration
Source: US Census Bureau
Source: Brookings Institute
AVERAGE BOISE VOLUNTEERS
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25.4% US Average
Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author | Boise City Cultural Ambassador
“In those moments the paradox that is Boise strikes deeply and keenly: it is a place both rural and metropolitan, civilized and feral. It’s a town full of settlers and wanderers, conservationists and conservatives, hippies and hunters, folks who value both snowmobiles and tiramisu, who clean their shotguns one evening and donate to the Shakespeare Festival the next.”
Source: The Washington Post, America's Most Challenging High Schools by Jay Mathews
Boise invests in itself through ongoing neighborhood-focused enrichment efforts as well as new programs to balance our historical culture with the positive change that comes from an influx of new peoples and ideas.
Artists, makers, musicians and creators are finding wonderful connections and hungry new partakers for their ideas in Boise. A variety of city-supported programs as well as organic new arrivals like a popular regional music festival are among the brightest recent developments on our arts and culture scene.
Boise’s commitment to pre-kindergarten education makes our community a standout in the state of Idaho and the region. Working collaboratively with childcare providers and CLD development specialists, the Boise Pre-K Project is designed to ensure a higher set of skills for children entering our public schools.
In partnership with local business and the City of Boise, Boise State University is pioneering the Responsible Business Initiative. This initiative aims to drive awareness and preference for businesses committed to diversity, sustainability, and other aspects of social change. Offering a variety of support resources, the program is achieving national attention for Boise’s business and education communities.