Welcome to Downtown

The business and cultural epicenter in Idaho's largest city  

As more and more people are moving out west, one of the cities experiencing the most growth is Boise. Thanks to its strong local economy, natural beauty, and world-class amenities, many people experience an elevated quality of life when they move to Boise. So when people consider the different areas they want to move to, Boise's downtown core tends to receive the most attention. Nestled along the banks of the Boise River, Downtown Boise is a dynamic, vibrant neighborhood with some of Idaho's best culture and entertainment venues.

Whether you prefer athletics or the arts, Downtown Boise has nearly every type of entertainment venue under the sun. Check out some of the city's five-star restaurants and sophisticated bars to experience Boise's nightlife. Downtown Boise is also ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to its proximity to nature parks and Idaho's best hiking trails. No matter what interests you, Downtown Boise has everything you could ever want in a big-city neighborhood. 

What to Love

  • A thriving city with world-class dining and entertainment
  • Easy access to the Boise Foothills and nature parks 
  • One of Boise’s fastest-growing neighborhoods

Local Lifestyle

If you love being at the center of the action, there is no better place to be than Downtown Boise. With just over 230,000 people living in Boise, Downtown is easily one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods. No matter what time of year it is, chances are you will find something going on in the downtown core, whether it's a music festival or a live sporting event. If you are considering moving to the downtown core, the city is building many high-rise condominiums and contemporary single-family homes to meet demand.  

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Of the many benefits of living in the downtown core, one of Boise's best qualities is its shopping and fine dining venues. Downtown Boise sets the standard for fine dining throughout Idaho, thanks to its award-winning restaurants and bars. One of the area's most acclaimed restaurants is Chandler's Prime Steaks & Fine Seafood, a premier steakhouse known for its premium cuts of beef and impressive martini bar. Book a reservation for one of Chandler's signature dining experiences, such as the dinner for two or the three-course prix fixe.

Another popular steak restaurant is Barbacoa Grill, adding a Spanish flare to the traditional steakhouse dining experience. If you love steak and fresh seafood, nothing beats a date night at Lucky Fins, located in the heart of Downtown. Some of Lucky Fins' signature entrees include fresh sushi rolls, fish tacos, and ribeye steaks.

For some of the best Italian food in Boise, check out Alavita. Made from locally-sourced ingredients, Alavita combines authentic Italian cuisine with the farm-to-table movement Boise residents love. Try Alavita's most popular dishes, including the cacciucco and the red wine braised short rib. Other popular restaurants in the downtown area include Richard's Restaurant & Bar and Fork.

Things to Do

Whether you enjoy college or professional sports, Downtown Boise is the place to catch a live sporting event. During the fall, catch a Broncos football game at Boise State University. The University hosts many home games throughout the season. You don’t have to be a BSU student to get in on the fun. People from all over love supporting their college teams. If you prefer professional sports, catch a hockey game with the Idaho Steelheads, Boise’s minor league hockey team. Steelheads games are intense, high-energy events.

During the summer months, check out the Boise Twilight Criterium, one of Idaho’s most prestigious annual cycling tournaments. Another highly acclaimed annual event is Alive After Five at Boise, a summer concert series held from June to August at The Grove Plaza. Alive After Five has been going on for over 35 years and is considered one of the city’s most popular summer events. Grab your friends and enjoy the show.
Downtown Boise is known for its beautiful green spaces, including Ann Morrison Park and Julia Davis Park. Considered one of the “Ribbons of Jewels,” Ann Morrison Park is a beautiful city park known for its exceptional amenities, including the playground, disc golf course, sand volleyball court, and outdoor gym. Another popular city park set in the heart of Boise is Julia Davis Park, considered one of Boise’s oldest city parks.


If you are considering moving to the downtown core, you will be part of the Boise Independent School District. Here are some notable schools in Downtown Boise:

Overview for Downtown, ID

4,117 people live in Downtown, where the median age is 44 and the average individual income is $41,349. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

44 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown, ID

Downtown has 2,414 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Downtown do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,117 people call Downtown home. The population density is 3,946.901 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

49.87 / 50.13%

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  • Associate Degree
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Schools in Downtown, ID

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Foothills School Of Arts & Sciences
PreK - 9th
No rating available
Presidio High School
8th - 12th
No rating available

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