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The city of Boise City is located in Ada County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of Idaho.

The pronunciation of Boise City: BOY-see<2>

Boise City was established in 1863.

When the people of Boise City refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Boisean<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Boise City has a population of 229,142 people<4> (see below for details).

The community of Boise City is 2,740 feet [835 m] above sea level.<5> In other words, the elevation of Boise City is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Boise City lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Boise City: (208) & (986)<6>

The ZIP codes for Boise City: 83701-83709, 83711-83713, 83715-83717, 83719-83733, 83735, 83744, 83756-83757, 83788, 83799<7>

The city of Boise City was previously named Boise City.

Websites for Boise City ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Boise City had an population of 229,142 people. This is an increase of 11.41% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.34% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Boise City had a population of 205,671 people (or 52.42% of the total population of Ada County). This makes Boise City the county's most populous community.

The population of Boise City represents 13.12% of the population of Idaho (which has 1,567,582 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 205,671 people, the population of Boise City increased 10.7% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 185,787 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Boise City.

Communities Also Named Boise City ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 2 communities that are also named Boise City - they are located in Texas and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Boise City.

Communities near Boise City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Boise City.

  • Meridian
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
  • Nampa
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nampa
    • Nampa is located in Canyon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 103,215 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nampa <8>
  • Eagle
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Kuna
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Star
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Star have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Star
    • Star is located in Ada County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,259 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Star <8>
  • Garden City
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden City have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden City
    • Garden City is located in Ada County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,920 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Garden City <8>
  • Kings Corner
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings Corner
    • Kings Corner is located in Canyon County
  • Pearl
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pearl
    • Pearl is located in Gem County
  • Bowmont
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowmont
    • Bowmont is located in Canyon County
  • Horseshoe Bend
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horseshoe Bend have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horseshoe Bend
    • Horseshoe Bend is located in Boise County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 822 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Horseshoe Bend <8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Boise City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Boise City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Boise City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Boise City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Boise City. Our list includes 78 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Boise City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Boise City ...

Looking for more information about Boise City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Boise City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Boise City.

Adding Boise City to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Boise City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Boise City was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Boise City mentioned on a train schedule titled Union Pacific Railroad Time Tables (September 1924).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Boise City.

The official website for Boise City:

The official website for Ada County:

The official website for State of Idaho:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Idaho's counties, including Ada, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Boise City. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Boise City refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Boise City may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Boise City.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Boise City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (986) is an overlay for area code (208).
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Boise City). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Boise City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Boise City includes: 83701, 83702, 83703, 83704, 83705, 83706, 83707, 83708, 83711, 83712, 83715, 83716, 83719, 83720, 83721, 83722, 83723, 83724, 83725, 83726, 83727, 83728, 83729, 83730, 83731, 83732, 83735, 83744, 83756, 83788 & 83799.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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