Boise is the county seat of Ada County and the capital in the state of Idaho. It is the most populous city in the state, and located on the Boise River. The city's location is great for outdoor activities. Its close proximity to rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts, and lakes offer a wide range of activities. The city offers locally produced food and drink. The downtown area is full of restaurants and bars, which provide a vivid nightlife. There are also many historic sites in the city, as well as many museums and galleries. The locals' pride is the Boise State Broncos football team, which plays their home game at the Albertsons Stadium. The city is also home to a zoo - Zoo Boise, and a botanical garden - the Idaho Botanical Garden.
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About Boise, ID Real Estate According to US News the average cost to buy a home in Boise is approximately $221,000, which is on par with the national average. However, compared to other metro areas in the Northwest such as Seattle and Portland, the home prices are considerably more affordable. The neighborhoods Highland, Harris Ranch, East End, and North End, are considerably costlier to buy a home in. The cheapest homes are found in the neighborhoods Morris Hill, Central Bench, and Vista. The average monthly cost to rent a home is above the national average. The cost of living in Boise is lower than the national average, everything from lower tax to lower cost of groceries and insurances.
Living in Boise, ID Downtown Boise is the city's cultural and business center, with many dining options. Many restaurants, quite a few of them are local, are situated in the area, along with bars and cafes. Shopping is offered by numerous shops and quaint boutiques in the neighborhood. This area offers two unique and popular markets during the spring to late fall. Some of the city's main attractions are located in this area, including the Idaho State Capitol, Zoo Boise, Egyptian Theatre, Julia Davis Park, and the Boise Art Museum. Here you will also find the Albertsons Stadium, which is home to the city's pride and joy - the Boise State Broncos football Team.
One of the most visited tourist attractions is the Old Idaho Penitentiary, or Old Pen as it is abbreviated to. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Pen dates back to 1872, when it opened and started receiving criminals to its cell blocks and solitary confinement. The old prison also operated gallows, which still can be seen by visitors. Old Pen closed after a prison riot, over a century after its opening. During its time it has held over 13,000 convicted inmates. Visitors can learn about the rough conditions the inmates would live in. You can also learn about some of the most infamous inmates that the Old Pen has housed over the years. The criminals' crimes and executions are described with great detail and in-depth.
Transportation and commutes Most working Boise residents commute to work by driving alone, or commute via carpool. The public transportation is operated by Valley Regional Transit (ValleyRide) who provides bus lines throughout the city.
Boise Airport (BOI) is a civil and military use airport. The airport has flights to quite a few domestic destinations, some of which are seasonal.