The next few decades gave Idaho statehood a capitol building, and an exploding citizen population. Data from the U.S. Decennial Census shows an average population growth in Boise of over 55% per decade since 1870, with no indication of a slow-down. Is this a city defined—at least in part—by its growth?
As we mentioned last week, Forbes placed the Boise metropolitan area in the number 1 spot for fastest growing municipalities in the U.S, a position that comes with a unique set of growing pains. As developers look to invest in the area, citizens continue to push back, forcing City Council members and the people of Boise to decide how their city is defined.
Boise also suffers from limited housing availability. Despite January’s uncharacteristic increase in homes on the market, it can be difficult for those in search of homes in the area to find compatible options. In 2016, a market analysis by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported a demand in Boise residences for over 10 times what was available, a trend that brought house prices up in the years following. High prices versus low supply have become a point of contention for many needing to relocate in the area.
Boise has been defined by its accessibility, both to recreation and to urban life. With beautiful parks, hiking, biking, and a flourishing downtown, Boise consistently finds a place among some ‘Most Livable Cities’ lists. But a key defining element of the Treasure Valley goes often unmentioned: the sense of community here that allows citizens to speak to developers and vice versa, where change and growth might happen in congruence. The City of Boise means a lot to the people who live and build here, in all its change, natural beauty, and ever-expanding community.