Boise (pronounced boy-see), is the capital of the State of Idaho and is located where the high desert and the Western edge of the Rocky Mountains meet. With a population of roughly 214,237, it is the heart of commerce, banking and government for the state of Idaho. Boise is also the place we call home, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
To celebrate our great city, here are 15 little known facts about Boise:
- The nickname of Boise is City of Trees.
- The statehouse in Boise is geothermally heated from underground hot springs.
- According to www.boise.org, Fort Boise was established in July of 1863 to keep peace in the mining camps and to protect the Oregon Trail pioneers from Indian raids. The City of Boise was established quickly and served as a service center for gold and silver miners in the nearby mountains and foothills.
- The largest concentration of Basques per capita in the U.S. call Boise home. Boise is also home to the only Basque Museum in North America.
- Boise was named number one on the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids list in 2014 on Livability.com.
- It ranked number one on The 10 Best Cities to Move to in 2014 on simplemovinglabor.com.
- Boise came in at number 11 on the 100 Best Places to Live (2013) list on Livability.com.
- In 2009 Forbes Magazine named ranked Boise as the ninth Best Place for Business and Careers.
- The Broncos football team at Boise State University play their home games at the Albertsons Stadium. The stadium is known for its bright blue turf, affectionately known as the “Smurf Turf.” This is the first non-green American football field.
- National Geographic named Boise the number one Adventure City in all of the United States.
- It is technically illegal to ride a merry-go-round on Sunday in Boise. It is also unlawful for residents to fish from a giraffe’s back.
- The founder of the Albertsons chain of grocery stores, Joe Albertson, lived in Boise with his wife until he passed away in 1993.
- Boise was named the #1 Mountain Biking Town by Bike Magazine.
- In Julia Davis park, a nine-foot tall Abraham Lincoln statue sits on an eleven-foot long bench and weighs roughly 6500 pounds. It is the third largest seated statue of Abe in the world.
- Boise is incredibly diverse with over 90 different languages spoken in the Boise School District. It is also home to one of the oldest synagogues in the western United States.
Boise is an incredible place to come home, and we couldn’t be happier to take part in and serve this wonderful community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any of your real-estate needs.