Boise is the most populated city in Idaho with 188,439 residents. Because the city is located at the foot of the Rockies, the landscape in Boise is an assortment of mountains, lakes, rivers and desert, offering Boise locals many options for open-air endeavors. The Boise River Greenbelt is a 25-mile park system that follows the river, providing commuters an alternative walkway through Idaho's capital, complete with picturesque views and wildlife. The Boise River offers river rafting, swimming and fishing opportunities, weather permitting, and hunting is popular along the mountains and foothills in Boise. In the city, locals love Jazz, history and art, to name a few, proving Boise to be a small, yet culturally diverse, spot on the map.
With so much to offer, Boise home prices are on the rise, and average list price increased 11.66 percent last year. Nonetheless, home values stood at $276,696 in 2015, fairly balanced with the median income of $48,800 per year. Inventory tightened, perhaps resulting in higher asking prices, with a 23.06 percent drop in number of homes on the market between 2014 and 2015.