2010: 205,671, #104 in U.S., #1 in Idaho

1950: 34,393

2010 Metropolitan Area: 616,561, #86 in U.S.


Boise was incorporated in 1864 along the Boise River, at the base of foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Boise State University is located just south of downtown, on the other side of the river.


Tallest building: Eighth and Main (2014), 323 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed Idaho State Capitol (1920) is 198 feet tall.


The Macy's department store in downtown Boise closed in 2010.


Boise has no Amtrak service. The restored Union Pacific station (1925), south of downtown, is used for special events.


The Boise Art Museum and Idaho State Museum are located in Julia Davis Park, on the southern edge of downtown.


The Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9 shows first-run movies. The Flicks shows independent and second-run films. The Egyptian Theatre, a 1929 movie palace, has concerts, films, and special events.

The Morrison Center at Boise State University hosts the Boise Philharmonic and touring Broadway shows. Opera Idaho performs at the Egyptian Theatre. Boise Little Theater and Boise Contemporary Theater are also located downtown.


Idaho State Capitol, Boise


The Boise Hawks, Single-A Northwest League affiliate of the Colorado Rockiess, play at Memorial Stadium (1989), west of downtown in Garden City. The Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League play at CenturyLink Arena (1997). The Taco Bell Arena (1982) is nearby on the Boise State campus.

Map of Downtown Boise

Downtown Boise Association

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Boise Architecture Project