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Boise (pronounced boy-see) is the capital and largest city in the State of  Idaho, and is the hub of commerce, banking and government for the state.   

Located along the Boise River and nestled against foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our city offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at nearby reservoirs.  The Boise area has it all - desert, rivers, mountains and lakes for hiking, camping, kayaking, river rafting, hunting and fishing.

Many large regional, national and international companies are headquartered here, including Simplot Corporation, Boise Cascade, Albertsons, Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Boise is home to Boise State University, the state's largest university with an enrollment of over 15,000 students,  as well as 34 grade schools, 9 junior high schools, and 5 high schools.
 
Demographics
Population 181,711   City of Boise (APA, June 2000)
403,817   (Metropolitan Statistical Area - Ada and Canyon Counties)
Elevation 2,842 feet
Land Area 1,645 sq mi (Boise MSA)
Annual Precipitation 12.11 inches
Sunshine Days 234
Average Temp - Jan 22-36 degrees F
Average Temp - April 37-61 degrees F
Average Temp - July 58-90 degrees F
Average Temp - Oct 29-65 degrees F
 
Demographic & Income Forecast for Boise MSA (pdf)
- ESRI, April 2002

 

More on Boise: 
Climate - Averages & Records by Month
Weather Forecast (National Weather Service)
Boise Parks and Recreation
Boise Convention & Visitor's Bureau  - Demographics, transportation, education, employment, history and statewide information. 
Downtown Boise Association (DBA)
Downtown directory, shopping, dining, nightlife, events.
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
Visitor Information, Relocation Information, Events, Business Directory, Programs & Services.
Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) - Planning & Development, What's New, Public Art & Events, Parking/Facilities.
Southwest Idaho Travel Association
Boise School District 
Meridian School District
Boise State University  - Administration, Student Life, Events & Activities, Visitor Center. 
Street Map (Mapquest.com)

 
More on Idaho:

Discover Idaho - Idaho Travel and Tourism.
State of Idaho - State of Idaho website.
Web Link Listing for Idaho Cities - Piper Resources guide to  government sponsored Internet sites - Idaho Cities.

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