Staggering Number of People Move to Boise Each Day


I heard a staggering statistic yesterday: 34 people a day move to Boise. I don’t even know if thats true, but to me, thats crazy. Its understandable, but still crazy. The first time my feet touched Idaho soil was in 2006. It was a hot summer day in August and my future boss picked me up at the airport. I still remember driving down Vista and seeing the “Boise” sign. I, like many, had heard so many great things about this little city nestled in the foothills, but I had no idea what to expect. Less than 24 hours later I was on a plane back to the east coast with a job offer in hand and a firm belief that THIS was where I was meant to be. So when I hear that 34 other humans everyday decide that this place is also for them, I’m not shocked. So WHY are people moving to Boise? I have the privilege and I do believe its a privilege, to show people my Boise several times a week. They come from all walks of life…from coast to coast and all visit wondering if this is the place for them as well. I’ve been working with relocation clients for 5 years now and there are only two people I can remember that visited and said, nah, Boise isn’t all that its cracked up to be. Today I find myself getting a bit defensive… “Really? Well, good luck! Whats better than Boise?!” The thought of my defensiveness makes me laugh. I’m not from here. I’m a born and raised Bostonian and anyone who knows a Bostonian knows those roots run deep. Yet, as years go by, I value this little city more by the day.

Jeff Martel