Boise ranked No. 11 in's list of 100 Best Places to Live

October 16, 2013 

The Boise skyline at sunset.


It's not top 10, but it's close.

Boise is No. 11 in's inaugural list of the 100 Best Places to Live. The City of Trees scored well in the amenities, health care and education categories. It's total "LivScore" of 630 left it tied with Bellevue, Wash., and just behind Rockville, Md.

West Coast and Rocky Mountain cities dominated the list, which included only small- to mid-sized cities with populations between 25,000 and 350,000. partnered with the research team at Richard Florida's Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto to evaluate more than 1,700 cities throughout the country. says its methodology concentrated on factors that matter most to Americans. The eight areas of livability measured in the index are: amenities, demographics, economy, education, health care, housing, infrastructure and social and civic capital. For more on the methodology, click here.

The top 10:

1. Palo Alto, Calif.

2. Boulder, Colo.

3. Berkeley, Calif.

4. Durham, N.C.

5. Miami Beach, Fla.

6. Rochester, Minn.

7. Salt Lake City

8. Eugene, Ore.

9. Reno, Nev.

10. Rockville, Md.

Boise officials have made a big deal of the city's recognition in top 10 lists, even creating a web page that runs down each of the commendations. Here was the tweet Wednesday morning from the city's official Twitter account:

Last year, ranked Boise's downtown as No. 4 in the nation among cities with between 100,000 and 300,000 residents.


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