Idaho

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Idaho

Boise City

Nearest city: Boise
Population: 206,926
Median household income: $66,921

The Boise River flows through the center of Boise, the state capital that's nestled against the Rocky Mountains. The city's location provides opportunities for outdoor recreational opportunities including skiing, boating, biking, rafting, hunting, boating, and hiking. Local attractions include the Basque Museum & Cultural Center, the Idaho Black History Museum, and the World Center for Birds of Prey. It is also home to Boise State University, the state's largest university.

Runners-up:
Nampa
Idaho Falls

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