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 Treefort 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.Learn more
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.Learn More
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.
- 75% of Boise's workforce has some college education
- 38% of Boise residents have a B.A. or higher
- 45% of Boise in-migration have a B.A. or higher
- Top 5 of US cities for net domestic in-migration
- 20% of Boise workers hold a STEM degree
- Average $450 per worker for R&D investment
- 23,000 workers in advanced industries
- 33rd in the US in advanced industries job growth
- #3 Best-Run Cities in America | WalletHub, July 2017
- #20 Best Cities for Young Professionals | Forbes, May 2017
- #12 Best Places to Live | US News & World Report, February 2017
Boise State University
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.
University of Idaho
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.
Concordia Law School
The Concordia University School of Law is the second in Idaho, and the first in Boise. The law school building is in downtown Boise at 501 West Front Street near the Idaho State Capitol, the Ada County Courthouse and the Idaho Supreme Court buildings.
College of Western Idaho
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.
West Ada School District
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.
Boise School District
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.
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