This is a reprint from Idaho Statesman from April 17, 2014
Boise is one of the best cities in the country for raising a family, according to new rankings from Forbes.com.
The City of Trees, no stranger to top 10 lists, was rated seventh out of America's 100 largest metro areas. Forbes ranked cities based on median household income, Cost of Living Index, housing affordability, the percentage of residents who own their homes, average commuting delays, crime rate rankings, and local school quality.
"Not an economic juggernaut, but incomes and cost of living balance out as comparable. Families enjoy an outdoor lifestyle where mountain biking and kayaking are minutes away even if you live downtown. High school quality and low crime (Boise ranks in the top five in both) complete the picture."
The No. 1 city was Raleigh, N.C., followed in second by Grand Rapids, Mich., and in third by Ogden, Utah. Rounding out the top 10:
4. Omaha, Neb.
5. Youngstown, Ohio
6. Des Moines, Iowa
8. Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Penn.
9. Cincinnati, Ohio
10. Provo, Utah