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Boise metropolitan area
Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area
Map of Boise metropolitan area
Country United States
State(s) Idaho
Largest city Boise
Other cities Nampa
Meridian
Caldwell
Area
 • Total 11,833.06 sq mi (30,647.5 km2)
Highest elevation
10,751 ft (3,277 m)
Lowest elevation
2,000 ft (610 m)
Population
 • Total 749,202
 • Rank 80th in the U.S.
 • Density 52.1/sq mi (20.118/km2)
Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 27,034
1910 63,705 135.6%
1920 75,088 17.9%
1930 82,224 9.5%
1940 108,917 32.5%
1950 141,059 29.5%
1960 168,270 19.3%
1970 191,090 13.6%
1980 280,035 46.5%
1990 319,596 14.1%
2000 464,840 45.4%
2010 616,561 32.6%
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The Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (commonly known as the Boise Metropolitan Area or the Treasure Valley) is an area that encompasses Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, and Owyhee counties in southwestern Idaho. It is distinct from the wider Boise City–Mountain Home–Ontario, ID–OR Combined Statistical Area, an area consisting of seven counties in southwestern Idaho, and Malheur County, Oregon anchored by the cities of Boise and Nampa. It is the state's largest officially designated metropolitan area and includes Idaho's three largest cities: Boise, Nampa, and Meridian. Nearly 40 percent of Idaho's total population lives in the area.

Boise City Horizon
Boise, from its foothills

As of the 2019 estimate, the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a population of 749,202, while the larger Boise City–Mountain Home–Ontario, ID–OR Combined Statistical Area (CSA) had a population of 811,961. The metro area is currently the third largest in the U.S. section of the Pacific Northwest after Seattle and Portland, and has replaced Akron metropolitan area as the 80th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Downtown Boise 2013
Downtown Boise in 2013

Counties

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, there were 616,561 people, 170,291 households, and 120,118 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 89.80% White, 0.52% African American, 0.80% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 5.02% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.96% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $36,695, and the median income for a family was $42,196. Males had a median income of $31,854 versus $23,244 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $17,041.

Population
County 2020 2010 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 1940 1930 1920 1910
Ada 494,967 392,365 300,904 205,775 173,036 112,230 93,460 70,649 50,401 37,925 35,213 29,088
Boise 7,610 7,028 6,670 3,509 2,999 1,763 1,646 1,776 2,333 1,847 1,822 5,250
Canyon 231,105 188,923 131,441 90,076 83,756 61,288 57,662 53,597 40,987 30,930 26,932 25,323
Gem 19,123 16,719 15,181 11,844 11,972 9,387 9,127 8,730 9,544 7,419 6,427
Owyhee 11,913 11,526 10,624 8,392 8,272 6,422 6,375 6,307 5,652 4,103 4,694 4,044
Total 764,718 616,561 464,840 319,596 280,035 191,030 168,270 141,059 108,917 82,224 75,088 63,705

Communities

Boise State Capitol
Boise's Capitol Boulevard
Nampa Historic District
Nampa
Meridian-idaho-welcome-sign
Meridian
Idaho City, Idaho
Idaho City
Eagle, Idaho
Eagle, Idaho

Over 200,000 inhabitants

50,001 to 200,000 inhabitants

10,001 to 50,000 inhabitants

5,001 to 10,000 inhabitants

1,001 to 5,000 inhabitants

1,000 inhabitants or fewer

Unincorporated places

Transportation

Airports

  • Boise Airport
  • Nampa Municipal Airport
  • Caldwell Industrial Airport
  • Mountain Home Municipal Airport

Interstates

  • I-84.svg Interstate 84
  • I-184.svg Interstate 184

U.S. highways

  • US 20.svg U.S. Route 20
  • US 26.svg U.S. Route 26
  • US 30.svg U.S. Route 30
  • US 95.svg U.S. Route 95

State highways

  • ID-16.svg State Highway 16
  • ID-19.svg State Highway 19
  • ID-21.svg State Highway 21
  • ID-44.svg State Highway 44
  • ID-45.svg State Highway 45
  • ID-51.svg State Highway 51
  • ID-52.svg State Highway 52
  • ID-55.svg State Highway 55
  • ID-67.svg State Highway 67
  • ID-69.svg State Highway 69
  • ID-72.svg State Highway 72
  • ID-78.svg State Highway 78
  • ID-167.svg State Highway 167
  • OR 52.svg Oregon Route 52
  • OR 78.svg Oregon Route 78
  • OR 201.svg Oregon Route 201
  • OR 451.svg Oregon Route 451
  • OR 452.svg Oregon Route 452
  • OR 453.svg Oregon Route 453
  • OR 454.svg Oregon Route 454

Mass transit

Colleges and universities

Major universities

Four-year colleges and universities

Community colleges and trade schools

  • College of Western Idaho, Nampa, Idaho (CWI) Nampa; Main Campus, Aspen Classroom Bldg., Canyon County Extension Boise; Ada County Campus
  • Treasure Valley Community College, Caldwell, Idaho (TVCC) Ontario, Oregon; Main Campus Caldwell, Idaho; Caldwell Campus
  • Northwest Lineman College (NLC), Kuna, Idaho
  • Heavy Equipment Operator School of Idaho, Boise
  • Stevens-Henager College, Boise, Idaho Nampa, Idaho
  • Carrington College, Boise
  • Broadview University, Meridian, Idaho
  • University of Phoenix Meridian; Main Campus
  • Boise Bible College, Boise

Major valley employers

  • Micron Technology Boise, Nampa
  • Saint Luke's Medical Centers Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa
  • Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Centers Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Ontario
  • Simplot Boise, Caldwell
  • Hewlett-Packard Garden City / Boise
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Meridian
  • Union Pacific Railroad Nampa
  • T-Mobile US Meridian
  • DirecTV Boise
  • Teleperformance Boise
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