Moving from Seattle, WA to Boise, ID

Suburban and rural living meet near the mountains 

Located just less than 500 miles southeast of Seattle is Boise (pronounced “boy-see”), the capital of Idaho. With 226,000 residents, the City of Trees is one of country’s fastest-growing cities and also one of the safest, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

Both cities are highly regarded for their for natural beauty, cultural offerings and overall livability. Let’s look at how a move from Seattle to Boise offers a change of pace without sacrificing that Pacific Northwest vibe. And, with the right help, it’s easier and more affordable than you might expect! 

An outdoor lover’s paradise 

If you enjoy Seattle’s vast green space and proximity to the mountains, you’ll love what Boise has to offer. Explore more than 180 miles of public trails for hiking, running and mountain biking. Escape the summer heat in the Boise River and enjoy daylight that extends well into the evenings. For skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a popular location just 15 miles away. 

Cheer on the BSU Broncos 

Are you a University of Washington football fan? You’ll find the Boise State faithful are equally as passionate. Don’t miss the chance to watch the Broncos play on THE BLUE — the iconic bright blue artificial surface also known as “Smurf Turf” — at Albertsons Stadium. The Broncos have lost only nine times on their home field since 1999. 

Spending in Seattle? Budget-friendly Boise awaits 

One thing you likely won’t miss about Seattle is the cost of living. With a median home value of $253,400 and the average rent below $1,000, Boise is much more affordable. Tax rates, car insurance and utilities are significantly less there as well. 

Hang onto your vehicle — or start shopping for one 

Unlike Seattle, public transportation options are limited in Boise. For shorter commutes, check out Boise GreenBike, the local bike-share program. Otherwise, you’ll definitely need a vehicle here. Just be prepared to wait patiently in traffic while geese, ducks, deer and other wildlife amble across the road. 

Worry less and save more with U-Pack 

Full-service moves are pricey, but the idea of renting a truck isn’t always appealing, either. Where do you turn? Consider U-Pack®, an easy and efficient long-distance moving option. You save by loading your belongings into our equipment, then we drive it to your new home.

Find a service center near you and get a free quote for your hassle-free move from Seattle to Boise.