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Boise Top 10 Lists

The nation has discovered what Boiseans have known for years: the City of Trees is a great place to live, work, and build a successful business venture. Here are some samples of the talk about Boise:

#4 Best Places to Retire in 2017
Forbes | April 2017

11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017
Kiplinger | April 2017

Under-Appreciated American Cities You Should Totally Move To
Thrillist | February 2017 

Boise, 2017's 2nd Best Capitol to Live In
WalletHub | February 2017

#12 Best Places to Live
U.S. News & World Report | February 2017

#3 Popular U.S. Growth Cities
U-Haul | February 2017 

Meridian #1 City for New Home Sales
Curbed | January 2017

Vogue Ranks Idaho in Top 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017
Vogue Magazine | January 2017

Top 25 Best Performing Cities
Milken Institute | December 2016

Meridian #2 Best City to Live In
24/7 Wall St. | October 2016

#4 Best Midzise Real Estate Market
WalletHub | August 2016

#3 Best Midsize City for First-Time Home Buyers
WalletHub | July 2016

Top 10 City for Active Families
Outside Magazine | July 2016

Idaho Ranked #1 in Job Love
Monster & Brandwatch | July 2016

#8 Best City for Recreation
WalletHub | July 2016

#5 Best Drivers in Country
AllState | July 2016

Idaho Ranked the Hottest Job Market
Kipplinger | June 2016

Top 10 Best Wine Region in America
Sommeliers | May 2016

#1 Lowest Cost Metro in Pacific U.S.
KPMG Competitive Alternatives | April 2016 

Top 10 Best Air Quality
Realtor.com | April 2016 

#6 Best Place to Live 
U.S. News & World Report | March 2016

Top 20 Americas Fastest Growing Cities
Forbes | March 2016

Top 10 Best Places to Live 2016 - "The Revamped Rocky Mountain City"
Men's Journal | March 2016 

#6 Best Downtown
Livability | March 2016 

Hot Cities for Cool Downtown Meetings
Smart Meetings | February 2016 

Top 10 Best Capital City
WalletHub | February 2016 

Top 5 Places for Millennial Startups
Tech.co | February 2016 

Top 10 Hottest Housing Markets of 2016
Zillow | January 2016 

Top States for Job Growth - #6
Forbes | January 2016 

#1 Most Caring City in America
WalletHub | December 2015 

#2 State for Volunteerism
Corporation for National & Community Service | December 2015 

#2 Most Artistic Mid-Sized City in America
gogobot | November 2015 

Meridian #1 Best City To Live In
USA Today | November 2015
"Meridian, located just outside of Idaho's capital city of Boise, is 24//7 Wall St.'s best city to live in. The city is safe, and jobs have attracted growing numbers of new residents." 

Top 20 Greenest Cities in America
WalletHub | October 2015 

Top 10 Best Towns for College Football
Time Magazine | September 2015

#2 Best City for Millennial Entrepreneurs
via FastCompany | September 2015 

Top 100 Best Places to Live
Livability | September 2015
"Situated at the intersection of where desert meets mountains, the city of Boise's cultural amenities are just as impressive as its natural surroundings.  The Boise River flows through the city, past theatres, musuems, great breweries and Boise State University..." 

#3 State with Fastest Job Growth in 2015
Kiplinger via MSN Money | July 2015 

The Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs (Boise #7)
via FastCompany | July 2015 
Boise has cemented itself as an affordable launch pad for tech careers, attracting major industry employers like Hewlett Packard and Microsoft along with a burgeoning startup ecosystem.

#2 Top Up-And-Coming Cities for Recent College Grads

Forbes | June 2015

#5 Best City for Freelancers
Forbes via a Nerdwallet Study | June 2015  

#1 State for Job Growth
Governing.com | May 2015 

Top 15 Fastest Growing Cities | Meridian, #9
Yahoo Homes | May 2015 

#2 Best City to Move to in 2015
SML | March 2015 

#4 Best Place to Save Money
Forbes | February 2015 

#4 Best Travel-Worthy State Capital
USA Today | January 2015 

#11, The 35 Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under
Vocativ | December 2014 

#3 Most Charitable State
WalletHub | December 2014

Best Under-The-Radar Destinations of 2015
Huffington Post | November 2014
"Boise is known as the best-kept secret in the West for a reason: This former military outpost along the Oregon Trail is a haven of unbeatable hiking, skiing, rafting and mountain biking. Boise proper has a handful of wineries, but it's worth the 40-mile drive into Snake River Valley, where life is officially complete upon drinking the 2010 Late Harvest Riesling."

#1 Best College Football Field
USA Today | October 2014

Top 10 Happiest States
WalletHub | September 2014 

#5 "Most Fair State Tax Systems" (Idaho)
WalletHub | September 2014 

Top 10 Best Places to Live 
Livability.com | September 2014 

Top 10 Best "Big Cities for Active Families"
Outside Magazine | 2014
"Set in the Northern Rockies with more than 4,300 acres of open space, a whitewater park, and a ski area just outside of town, Boise is a place you move to for outdoor fun."

Top 10 Places You Should "Dare to Go" on Your Global Adventure
CNN | May 2014 

#1 Best "Under the Radar Tech Hub"
Sparefoot | May 2014

#1 Best City for Kids
Livability.com | May 2014 

#7 Best City in America - "Livability"
AreaVibes | May  2014 

Fourth-Highest Percentage of Residents Who Bike to Work 
U.S. Census Bureau | 2014 

#7 Best Place to Raise a Family
Forbes | April 2014 

#1 Lowest Cost of Doing Business in the Pacific U.S.
KPMG's Competitive Alternatives 2014 

Top 10 Cities to earn Coffee Bragging Rights
Bustle | April 2014 
"With nearly 150 coffee shops, many of them artisanal enough to hang with the big boys in Portland and S.F., this quaint and unassuming-seeming city engages in “Treat. Yo. Self”-level indulgence when it comes to coffee." 

#1 Best City to Move to in 2014
 SML | March 2014

#1 Region "Getting it Right"
TIME Magazine | March 17, 2014 
"Idaho's capital has become a techy boomtown with a thriving cultural scene." 

#10 Best Place to Invest in Housing 2014
Forbes | February 2014 

Top 24 Best Places to Live & Work 2014
Sunset Magazine | February 2014 

Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014
Forbes | January 2014 

#12 in Top 100 Places to Live 2014
Livability.com | October 2013 

#12 Healthiest State
AmericasHealthRankings.org | December 2013

#9 Best State for Expected Job Growth
Forbes, September 2013

#4 Best State for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2013 

#2 Safest Driving City in America
Allstate Insurance Company, August 2013

#7 Safest Cities in America (Boise)
Business Insider, August 2013

#10 Best State for Business
 Idaho also ranked #7 for Cost of Doing Business, #5 for Business Friendliness, and #3 for Cost of Living.
CNBC, July 2013 

#1 Most Eye Healthy City
VSP Vision Care, June 2013 

#2 "America's Top 10 Wine Destinations"
Redbook Magazine, June 2013

#7 Most Entrepreneurial State
CNN MoneyJune 2013

#3 Best U.S. City to Raise a Family (Boise)
MomItForward.com, May 2013

#3 Best Flyfishing College (Boise State)
Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, May 2013 

Top 50 cities for Business Growth
MarketWatch, April 2013 

#5 "Five States Experiencing the Most Enjoyment"
Gallup Wellbeing, April 2013

#1 State: Training & Networking Programs, Licensing Regulations, & Ease of Starting a Business
A+ Ranking for Overall Friendliness
Thumbtack (& Kauffman Foundation), April 2013 

#9 Spring Break Destinations for Families, 2013
Livability.com, March 2013

#3 Metro Market Leading the Housing Recovery
Forbes, February 2013 

#4 Healthiest City for Women
Women's Health Magazine, December 2012 

#1 Best City for Men
Men's Health Magazine, December 2012 

#4 Best Downtown in America
Livability.com, October 2012 

#6 Most Inventive State
CNN Money, October 2012 

#3 Best River Town in America
Outside Magazine, September 2012 

Men's Health Magazine, December 2012 -- No. 1 Best Cities for Men 2013

Livability.com, October 2012 -- No. 4 of Top 10 Downtowns in America

CNN Money, October 2012 -- No. 6 Most Inventive State

Outside Magazine, September 2012 -- No. 3 Best River Town in America

Forbes, April 2012 -- No. 2 Best City for Raising a Family

The Atlantic, March 2012 -- No. 6 America's Hottest Music City

KPMG Report, March 2012 -- No. 3 Lowest Cost of Business in Pacific Northwest

Brookings Institute, March 2012 -- Top 20 Fastest Recovering Cities

Sunset Magazine, February 2012 -- Fittest Towns of the West

CNN Money, February 2012 -- Top 10 Turnaround Towns

Women's Health/Men's Health, January 2012 -- No. 5 Healthiest City


The Fiscal Times, November 2011 -- Ten Best Places to Find A Job

CNN Travel, November 2011 -- Best College Football Stadiums

SportingNews.com, October 2011 -- No. 62 Best Sports Cities

Men's Health, October 2011 -- No. 13 America's Luckiest Cities

Allstate Insurance Company, September 2011 -- No. 2 Safest City for Driving in America

Urban Land Institute, September 2011 -- No. 8 Top 25 Metro Areas Gaining Kids

CNN Money, September 2011 -- 25 Best Places to Retire

CBS Market Watch, August 2011 -- No. 8 10 Best Places to live in the U.S.

RelocateAmerica, August 2011 -- No. 8 Top Ten Places to Live

USA Today, August 2011 -- 10 Great Places for Paddling in the City

MSN, August 2011 -- Great Cities for Cycling

Triathlete, August 2011 -- Best Places to Live 2011

The Daily Beast, July 2011 -- No. 10 Top Twenty Longest Living Cities

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011 -- No. 7 Long-Term Job Growth Rate

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, June 2011 -- No. 9 Top Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Moody's Analytics, April 2011 -- No. 17 of 384 Cities for Vitality

Men's Health, March 2011 -- No. 20 Most Socially Networked City

U-Haul International, Inc., February 2011 -- No. 2 Top Growth Towns for Families


Women's Health Magazine, December 2010 -- No. 7 Best Places for Women

Yahoo! Finance, September 2010 -- No. 6 Best Place to Retire

Outside Magazine, August 2010 -- Best Town in the Western U.S.: "Boise, to put it mildly, has been on a roll. Government, education, and health care remain core industries, but dozens of high-tech startups have moved to town, joining behemoths like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology. And while its population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and jaded locals bemoan the sprawl, Boise has managed its growth impressively well: The city is home to nearly 2,000 acres of parks and a 25-mile greenbelt. The outlying areas feel a bit bland, but the older neighborhoods have that Boulder vibe—cruiser bikes, farmers' markets, and prayer flags—only with reasonably priced homes."

Forbes.com, June 2010 -- No. 16 Most Innovative City

Life Magazine, June 2010 -- No. 8 Most Underrated City in the West

Forbes Magazine, May 2010 -- No. 9 Best Places for Business and Careers:

Sunset Magazine, February 2010 In the West: 20 Towns of the Future


Market Watch, December 2009  --  #6 Best U.S. Cities for Business

Brookings, June 2009  --  Bootstrapping High Tech: Evidence from three Emerging High Technology Metropolitan Areas:  "Idaho may be an unlikely state for high-technology development but it largest metropolitan area, Boise, has developed an entrepreneurial and innovative technology community." Boise is remarkable. Christopher Leinberger

Brookings Institute Scholar, April 2009 --  Best Downtown in the Rocky Mountain West

Smithsonian.com, March 2009  --   Boise, Idaho: Big Skies and Colorful Characters, "Boise is still so young and new- changing almost every day- and I don't think it's an overstatement to suggest that our town represents everything that remains great about America: potential youth natural beauty, quality of life."

MSNBC.com, March 2009 -- No. 8 Best Mid-size Metropolitan Area

Bizjournal.com, February 2009 -- No. 5 Best Places to Start a Small Business

Landscape & Hardscape Construction, February 2009  --  Redevelopment and Renewal, firm transforms cities by design: " Private development doesn't do this on its own" (public infrastructure) "to remake a city."


National League of Cities, November 2008  -- Award for Municipal Excellence

Business Week Magazine, November 2008 --  "Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2009"

Food and Wine Magazine, November 2008  --  "Across the U.S., restaurateurs are opening ever-more-casual places. I've seen it in New York, Chicago, San Francisco…and now Boise, Idaho."

American Planning Association, October 2008 -- "North End" Top 10 Neighborhoods in the Country

Rock & Ice Magazine, September 2008  --  No. 2, "Best Places to Go Bouldering"

Sperlings, August 2008  -- No. Most Secure U.S. Place

Kiplinger.com, July 2008  --  Rocky Mountain High Tech, Employers know they'll find a high proportion of college graduates here (37%) compared with the national average of 37%) and new hires will find affordable housing…  (t)he area also cradles smaller technology and e-commerce forms, which come to make the most of low business costs - about a third less than in California or Washington.

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, July 2008 -- "...But Idaho's capital alone offers many jewels for adventurous travelers."

Brookings Institute Economic Vitality Report, June 2008  -- No. 1 Economic Vitality Among U.S. Metro Areas

MSNBC, June 2008 --  No. 2 Top 10 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Boston Globe, June 2008  --  "Best Urban Parks," Boise River Greenbelt: "...this riverfront park was reclaimed in the 1960s and transformed into a haven for outdoor lovers, with 25 miles of pathways geared to walkers, runners, skaters, bikers."

Kiplinger.com, May 2008 -- No. 4 Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play

Brookings Institution, May 2008  --  No. 5 Lowest Carbon Footprint

Forbes Magazine, March 2008 -- No. 13 Best Places for Business and Careers

Forbes, March 2008  --  Boise is No. 9 for business careers. Of cities in the top 10, only Boise and Raleigh N.C. have been the most consistent top performers in recent years.

CNN Money.com, 2008  --  Top 100 best places to live and launch, Boise #19

American Planning Association, 2008   --   Boise's North End: "Top 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2008"

U.S. Department of Transportation, 2008  --  Boise State University: "Best Workplace for Commuters