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Information about Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho, is the state's capital and largest city. The estimated population in 2014 was over 216,000 residents, according to U.S. census data. The city is notably homogeneous by American standards, with Caucasian residents making up about 85% of the population. Hispanics are about 7% of the city's residents, African-Americans count for about 1.5% and Asians make up 3.2% of the city's population. Interestingly, however, Boise is also the home of the largest Basque community in the United States, with about 1 in 10 residents claiming Basque ancestry. Boise's residents are relatively well-educated, with nearly 40% of adult residents holding bachelor's degrees.
The Boise area offers a variety of cultural and sporting activities, including the Boise Art Museum, the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Center, the Ballet Idaho Company, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, several public golf courses, river rafting and camping. Other attractions include the Idaho Ice World ice skating arena, Roaring Springs Water Park and many winter sport activities. The World Center for Birds of Prey, just a short distance outside Boise, is a breeding and research facility for endangered raptors, including the peregrine falcon and the California condor.
Higher Education in Boise
Boise is home to 11 postsecondary institutions, including several career and specialty schools. Boise State University, the second largest postsecondary institution in Idaho, awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in hundreds of disciplines. Boise State enrolls over 22,000 students, while nearby Boise Bible College has a student population of just under 180. Other institutions of higher learning in the area include several cosmetology and hairdressing schools and 2-year proprietary vocational schools.
Economic and Employment Facts
Boise is a burgeoning center for high-tech manufacturing and research, with companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft employing a significant number of residents. Micron Technology, a producer of semiconductors, is the city's largest private employer. Other major companies with offices or facilities in the area include Weyerhaeuser, U.S. Geothermal, Albertson's, ConAgra, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, Louisiana Pacific and the Plexus Corporation. Tourism is also a significant contributor to the local economy.