Boise, ID 83702
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for 'Wooded Area') is the capital and
largest city in the U.S. state of Idaho.
Boise was given its name after
French-Canadian trappers first explored the
area after crossing the arid plains. Finding
green trees at the site, they named it boisé
(meaning "wooded"). Boise has consequently
been given the nickname City of Trees. Boise
was settled in 1863, and incorporated as a
city in 1864. The first capital of Idaho was
Lewiston, but Boise replaced it in 1865. As
of the 2000 census, Boise's population was
185,787. According to the 2005 Census
estimates, the city proper had an estimated
population of 193,161. Downtown Boise is at
an elevation of 2,704 feet above sea level.
Boise is the headquarters for several major
companies, such as Washington Group
International, Inc. (successor to Morrison
Knudsen Corporation), Micron Technology,
Albertsons (a major supermarket chain now
owned by SuperValu), and the J.R. Simplot
Company. Other major industries are
headquartered in Boise or have large
manufacturing facilities there. High Tech
industries are becoming increasingly vital
to Boise's economy. State government is one
of the cities main employers, as it is the
capital city for Idaho.
Boise is the county seat of Ada County and
the principal city of the Boise metropolitan
Boise has grown considerably in recent years
and is now comparable in size to other major
cities in the United States such as Tacoma,
Des Moines, Tulsa, and Providence.
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