October 03, 2019 at 10:41am | Jonna Weber
Hello fall!  As always, there's a lot of buzz circulating about Boise and the Treasure Valley. Here's a small excerpt from our monthly recap designed to highlight "all the buzz about Boise". If you'd like to receive the full monthly e-newsletter, click here, otherwise keep reading to get a quick highlight of what's happening across our community...

City of Boise Aims to Regulate Short-Term Rentals
Source: KTVB

The City of Boise is currently trying to put in regulations on short-term rentals. Currently, there are no such restrictions in place. These new proposals could bring about four regulations. According to this recent KTVB news story, if passed, short-term rentals:
  • would require a city permit or approval to operate
  • could incorporate only one short-term rental per property
  • would require the property owner to live on the property
  • would be required to follow city code (to ensure it had enough parking and other restrictions)
 This initiative has certainly received quite a lot of attention. To read all the details check out the full article here.

Report Indicates that Most People Moving to the Boise Area Are Actually From Within the State
Source: KTVB

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people relocating to Boise aren't coming from California but actually from within the state of Idaho. According to census population data, the majority of people moving into Ada County between 2013 and 2017 came not from the Golden State, but from other counties within Idaho (notably Canyon County). During these four years, an estimated 3,820 residents moved from Canyon County alone, which borders Ada County to the west, and 9,260 total came from all over Idaho (in the same time period, only 5,593 came to Ada from California statewide). Read all the details here.

Best State Capitals to Live In - 2019
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Curious to know how the capitals of various states compare? Check out this article which compares the capitals across the following metrics: median income after housing costs, unemployment rate, dining and entertainment rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate. Boise tied with Austin for 6th place (largely due to having the fourth lowest unemployment rate (2.2%) and a median income after housing costs of $43,231. Read the full article here.

Boise is About to Be Your Next American West Destination
Source: The Daily Beast

This article begins, "If you walked down the street in Washington, D.C., and offered the first 100 strangers you met an all-expenses-paid trip to Boise, Idaho, you’d likely get a lukewarm response. However, if you talked to people from the Mountain West, they’d light up when the city is mentioned, telling you just how great it is." The author goes on to describe his experience exploring our city this summer saying "what I found in the heart of potato country was a city full of charm, just on the cusp of being a destination in the greater region, and surrounded by a concentration of some of the country’s best outdoor activities." Read the full article here

The Best Places to Live in America: Meridian, Idaho
Source: Money

The city of Meridian was just recognized as being one of the country's best cities to live. As one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Meridian's job growth has increased by over 32% (over the last decade) and has an unemployment rate of just 2.5%. Read the full article here to read all the details (and to see what other cities made the list).


2019's Happiest States in America
Source: WalletHub

For this study, WalletHub examined the findings of a “happiness research study" to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Good economic, emotional, physical and social health are identified as being the top keys to living a well-balanced and fulfilled life. Overall, Idaho was #1 in the 'Community & Environment' section, #2 for 'Work Environment', and #6 overall. Read the full article here.
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