Boise Named in Livability’s ‘Top 100 Best Places to Live’ for 3rd-Consecutive Year

When it comes to the best small cities to live in the US, chances are good that Boise, Idaho will be high on the list. For the third year in a row, Boise has been recognized in Livability’s ‘Top 100 Best Places to Live’. In their 2016 list, Boise ranked number 27.

Livability pointed to Boise’s “rich collection of amenities from parks and restaurants to museums and music venues,” and they recognized some of the city’s key economic drivers, including Boise State University, Micron Technology, Simplot, and St. Luke’s Health System. They also made mention that since their last list, Boise’s population has grown by 4.23% to 211,655 residents. While the city’s median home price is above the state average at $175,800, Boise’s median household income of $49,209 was lower than the national average.

To come up with their latest rankings, Livability analyzed 40 data points for 2,000 cities that have populations of 20,000 to 350,000 residents. Their final rankings are based on criteria such as housing, amenities, education, economy, and health care. To see the entire list, visit

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