Best Retirement City - Boise

See why many believe that Boise is the best city to retire

If you happen to love nature, Boise ID may be an excellent option for you. The city of Boise is the most populous in Idaho, with an added bonus of having the stunning Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. For those who do enjoy spending time outside, the 25 mile Boise River Greenbelt is a great place to walk, run, bike, and even socialize. With 104 parks in the Boise area covering almost 2,000 acres, there is no shortage of new areas to explore. The outdoor activities don't have to stop in the (usually mild) winter, as skiing can be found as little as 20 miles away. Those looking for a break from the outdoors have ample cultural activities such as the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Boise Philharmonic, which are popular with both locals and visitors alike. Boise consists of a variety of neighborhoods, with the Northwest Boise and the Boise Bench being a few. Northwest Boise has easy access to the Boise River Greenbelt system and has several shopping and dining districts, while the Boise Bench is an up and coming area that's conveniently close to downtown.

City Highlights

  1. Perfect for nature lovers
  2. Almost 2,000 acres of parks
  3. Close proximity to skiing
  4. Low cost of living

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Distance to a major city

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 41,194

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Northwest Clackamas, OR

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Boise Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Salt Lake City International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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