Moving from Seattle, WA to Boise, ID
So you’re thinking about moving from Seattle, WA to Boise, ID?
While Seattle’s finer points have been well known for much of its history, Boise has flown under the radar. As a result it has become one of America’s best kept secrets. The beautiful city has a little something for everybody, and there are fewer places in the country that could be as great a city to raise a family. With wonderful culture, schools and landscapes, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be considering a move to Boise from Seattle.
What is the weather like in Boise?
One of the principle problems with living in Seattle is the rain. They say “when it rains, it pours.” Well, in Seattle, when it rains, it rains all the time. Seattle is notorious for being one of the wettest cities in the United States. Boise doesn’t have this problem. Boise only get around 11 inches of rain every year, so there’s no reason to hold on to your umbrellas and rain jackets when making a move from Seattle to Boise. Now the concern might be that Boise is, instead, a very hot city. This also is not the case. While summers are characteristically warm in Boise, with temperatures sometimes topping 90 degrees, the overall temperatures for the year are relatively mild. The average high, in fact, is just over 63 degrees. For a city that is situated very far north, it is unusual, that there are less than 20 inches of snow each year in the city, as well. So while things may get hot and things may get cold, the majority of the year is very comfortable in Boise, Idaho.
What is the economy like in Boise?
Seattle is a city with many companies and businesses based in it. A natural concern of any individual moving to another city will be “how do I make money here?” The good news about Boise is that it is also home to many great companies, all of which have managed to have great success in the town.
Among the biggest companies based in the city are WinCoFoods, Albertsons and Bodybuilding.com. The State of Idaho is the town’s largest employer, while the St. Luke’s Health System, Walmart, Micron Technology, Simplot and Hewlett-Packard also employee large numbers of residents. The city is considered one of the hottest in the country for entrepreneurs, according to inc.com. Time magazine, meanwhile, noted that Boise, more so than any other city in the nation, was “getting it right” under a piece where they recognized “Solutions for America.” Forbes Magazine also noted the town for being one of the best places for businesses and careers.
Boise: One of the Best Cities to Live in America
There are so many, many different lists that have recognized Boise for its quality of living, that it is almost an embarrassment of riches to name them all. For starters, it is a very safe city to live in, in many different ways. Farmer’s Insurance called in the number one most secure place to live, while Allstate Insurance noted that it had the second best drivers in the nation. Men’s Health has called it the best city for men in the nation, while Outside Magazine called it the best town in the Western U.S. In “Cities Ranked and Rated,” Boise was placed as one of the 10 best cities in the United States, as well.
The Culture of Boise
Boise is also a town that provides plenty for its residents to do to pass the time. It is a city that is rich in outdoor activities, first of all, with much in the way of hiking and biking to be found in the surrounding area. The Boise River Greenbelt is an extensive urban trail that runs alongside the Boise River, which also is a popular place for rafting, swimming and fishing. Among other outdoor activities include the Julia Davis Park, which contains the large Zoo Boise (with over 80 species of animals!). During the winter months, the Bogus Basin ski area is a popular site with a plethora of snowbound activity.
Many in the area enjoy the local sports teams, including the Boise Hawks of minor league baseball, the Idaho Stampede of minor league basketball, and the Idaho Steelheads of minor league hockey.
There is great shopping in the area, as well, with the Boise Town Square Mall being the major shopping attraction for the city. When it comes to cuisine, there are a number of cafés in the area, and coffee shops are of particular interest in Boise.
How to move to Boise
If you’re looking for an affordable way to move to Boise, U-Pack® is an affordable option. U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” moving company with rates often comparable to truck rental. That means you don’t have to drive a rental truck, but you can still pay a low price. Our coverage area includes both Seattle and Boise, so we can help you get to your new home.
Welcome to sunny Boise, ID!
With so much to do and so many great national recommendations, it’s a wonder you haven’t already moved to Boise! Pack your bags and see what the fuss is all about today!