Boise is the capital and most crowded city of the U.S. province of Idaho and is the region seat of Ada County. Situated on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, it is 41 miles (66 km) east of the Oregon fringe, and 110 miles (177 km) north of the Nevada outskirt. The midtown region’s height is 2,704 feet (824 m) above the ocean level. Its assessed population in 2018 was 228,790.
The Boise-Nampa metropolitan zone, otherwise called the Treasure Valley, incorporates five regions with a consolidated population of 709,845, the most crowded metropolitan zone in Idaho. It contains the state’s three largest cities: Boise, Nampa, and Meridian. Boise is the 80th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the United States.
Downtown Boise is the cultural center and home to many small businesses and a few mid-rises. The area has a variety of shops and dining choices. Centrally, 8th Street contains a pedestrian zone with sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The neighborhood has many local restaurants, bars, and boutiques and supports a vibrant nightlife. The territory contains the Basque Block, which exhibits Boise’s Basque heritage. Downtown Boise’s principal attractions incorporate the Idaho State Capitol, the great Egyptian Theater at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street, the Boise Art Museum on Capitol before Julia Davis Park, and Zoo Boise on the grounds of Julia Davis Park.
Boise is also the site of the only human rights memorial in the U.S., the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, located next to its main library.