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Moving to Boise, Idaho? Here’s What to Know

Capitol Building in Boise, ID

Boise, Idaho is the not only the capital of the state, it is also the most populated city in the state. It continues to draw new residents and businesses each year making it the fastest growing city according to Forbes (America’s Fastest-Growing Cities 2018). Many factors contribute to this, including the amazing weather, employment opportunities, and year-round entertainment.



There are four distinct, relatively mild seasons in Boise. The year-round climate is often comfortable as each season flows easily into the next without large jumps or drops in temperatures. Summers are usually very warm with average highs in the 80’s. Winters have lows averaging in the mid-to-high 20’s, but with very little wind on most days, the coldest days tend to be bearable. Boise is fairly dry, getting about 12” of rain a year, much less than the national average of 39”. This tolerable weather has been one of the favorite features of Boise’s residents.



There are over 60 companies headquartered in Boise with over 100 employees, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for the residents of Idaho’s capital. Some of the largest growing industries include computer and science technology, business and economics, engineering, health sciences and communications.


The top employers in Boise include:

  • Luke’s Regional Medical Centers
  • Micron Technology
  • Boise State University
  • West Ada and Boise School Districts
  • Hewlett-Packard



Parks, annual festivals stadiums, and museums make up some of the exciting things to do in Boise. The natural attractions in Boise include Idaho Botanical Gardens, Kathryn Albertson Park, and Julia Davis Park. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gene Harris Jazz Festival, and Boise Music Festival are just a few of the many annual events held in the capital. Don’t miss a chance to visit Zoo Boise or Aquarium of Boise and see some of nature’s most amazing creatures.



Perhaps you are one of the many people moving to Boise from California for a better cost-of-living ratio or a slower pace of life. If so, welcome!


Some say many of California’s cities are turning into New York City with stressed out and over-worked individuals, especially when dealing with the constant increase of the most basic expenses. While the cost of living in Boise is close to or just slightly higher than the national average, many of the larger, more populated cities in California tend to have very high housing, grocery, and utility costs. According to Sperling’s Best Places, median home costs in Boise are currently about $202,000. In Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego, median home prices are $277,000, $583,000 and $542,000, respectively. With numbers like this, it’s not much of a surprise so many people are moving from California to Boise.



When moving into or around Boise, finding a moving company to assist can ease a lot of the stress. With so many professional movers in Boise, it can be hard to choose the right one. Below are just a couple reviews of companies providing relocation services in Boise.


Cross Town Movers4.8 stars, 128 reviews on Google – These full-service movers want to find the most efficient solution to your household or business moves, including packing services if needed. A lot of the reviews stated similar things saying the teams provided for their moves were efficient, thorough, careful, and polite. Most reviewers said the same thing Steven B. said, “I will use them again if the need arises.”


208 Moving Company5 stars, 58 reviews on Yelp – Customers of this company seem to agree the movers are professional and efficient. Craig L. of Boise, ID said, “They make the moving experience easy… I would use these guys again!” and others agree stating similar opinions. This full-service moving company provides residential and commercial relocation services, along with packing services.


There are many wonderful advantages to living in Boise, as referenced above. Whether you’re moving into the area from California or relocating from within the city, you might find yourself needing some extra space to store your belongings during the transition. STOR-N-LOCK Self Storage has three Boise locations conveniently near many of the businesses, shopping centers, parks, and apartments for rent in Boise, Idaho. Call us today to speak with one of our friendly storage experts and find the best storage solution for you.

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