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Best Cities 2010: Boise, ID

City: Boise 

State: Idaho 

Best Cities Overall Rank: 17

About Boise: The city's zoo has over 200 animals representing over 80 species from around the world.

Boise boasts 4,218.54 acres of parkland, including The Greenbelt, a 25-mile riverfront pathway. It is also home to St. Luke's Children's Hospital.

County: Ada

Population: 205,314

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website  www.boise.org

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Idaho Statesman

Boise blogs:

Inspired Mama Musings

Kenziepoo

Mom of Boys

Boise's Twitter page: Follow Boise on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 50

High School graduation rate 2008: 90.59%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.49

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 6

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.92

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 265

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 17.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,037

 

Health rank: 18

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.49

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0

 

Safety rank: 39

Violent Crimes, 2008: 551

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 268.37

Sex Offenders: 576

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 280.55

 

Economy rank: 27

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 17.5        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10.9    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,037.71

Median Home List Price: $414,000                                         

 

Recreation Rank:  26

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,218.54    

Parkland per 100,000: 2,054.68

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