Boise, Idaho

Boise (locally pronounced /ˈbɔɪsɪ/ (listen), BOY-ssee[3]) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho and is the county seat of Ada County. On the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, it is 41 miles (66 km) east of the Oregon border and 110 miles (177 km) north of the Nevada border. The downtown area's elevation is 2,704 feet (824 m) above sea level. The population according to the 2020 US Census was 235,684.

Boise skyline in winter 2021

Boise, Idaho
Nickname(s): 
The City of Trees
Motto(s): 
Energy Peril Success
Location within Ada County in Idaho
Boise
Location within the United States
Boise
Boise (the United States)
Coordinates: 43°36′57″N 116°12′6″W
CountryUnited States
StateIdaho
CountyAda
Founded1863
Incorporated1864
Government
  TypeStrong-mayor
  BodyBoise City Council
  MayorLauren McLean (D)
  Council PresidentElaine Clegg
Area
  State capital city85.00 sq mi (219.45 km2)
  Land84.03 sq mi (216.96 km2)
  Water0.97 sq mi (2.49 km2)
Elevation
2,730 ft (830 m)
Population
  State capital city235,684
  RankU.S.: 99th
  Density2,860.54/sq mi (1,055.28/km2)
  Urban
349,684 (US: 108th)
  Metro
749,202 (US: 78th)
  Demonym
Boisean
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
83701–83799
Area code(s)208, 986
FIPS code16-08830
GNIS feature ID400590
Websitewww.cityofboise.org

The Boise metropolitan area, also known as the Treasure Valley, includes five counties with a combined population of 749,202, the most populous metropolitan area in Idaho. It contains the state's three largest cities: Boise, Nampa, and Meridian. Boise is the 77th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Downtown Boise is the cultural center and home to many small businesses and a number of high-rise buildings. The area has a variety of shops and restaurants. Centrally, 8th Street contains a pedestrian zone with sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The neighborhood has many local restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The area also contains the Basque Block, which showcases Boise's Basque heritage. Downtown Boise's main attractions include the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street, the Boise Art Museum on Capitol in front of Julia Davis Park, and Zoo Boise on the grounds of Julia Davis Park.


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