Boise was included on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list for 100 best places to retire. Ranked at 66, the City of Trees offers affordable living, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and a high quality of life, for retired seniors. Below are three great reasons why retirees are choosing Boise.

1. Many Financial Benefits for Boise Retirees

Retirees in Boise can take advantage of the many tax advantages Idaho offers to its seniors.


  • Property Tax Reduction Program: Seniors who are 65 or older and meet certain financial criteria may qualify for the state’s Property Tax Reduction program with a maximum discount of $1,320. A Property Tax Deferral program is also offered to those who need extra time to meet their property tax obligations.

  • Income Tax Exemptions and Deductions: Exemptions and deductions are offered for certain types of retirement income in Idaho. Social Security benefits are not taxed, and deductions for retirement benefits apply to civil service employees, Idaho firefighters, police officers who served an Idaho city and anyone who served in the U.S. armed forces.

  • Tax Credits: The Idaho Grocery Tax Credit is available to all Idaho residents and can even be claimed by individuals who aren’t required to file a tax return.

It’s also important to note that the cost of living in Boise, when compared to other metropolitan areas in the northwest, is relatively low. The city is one of the fastest-growing places in the country as people flee the high costs of surrounding states in favor of Boise’s more affordable housing market.

2. Top Rated Senior Health Care in Boise

Seniors in need of regular medical care will appreciate the variety of facilities available to them. Boise is home to two major medical centers and offers a number of smaller clinics and urgent care facilities for less critical care.


  • Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is a private hospital that focuses on bringing quality care to residents of all ages and income levels. State of the art facilities, the use of progressive medical technology and Idaho’s most advanced trauma center attract high-quality medical professionals who take pride in the care they provide to patients. Several smaller primary and specialty care clinics in the area offer seniors greater convenience when seeking treatment for chronic conditions.

  • Saint Luke’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit facility that is recognized for exceptional nursing care with a Magnet hospital designation. U.S. News ranks Saint Luke’s as the number one hospital in Idaho with a national ranking in one adult specialty and a high-performance ranking in two adult specialties and nine adult procedures/conditions.

  • Urgent care facilities are provided by both major hospitals and several smaller medical groups.

In addition to high-quality health care, Boise seniors who need daily medical assistance will also have many great senior living options including a variety of highly rated assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

3. Exceptional Quality of Life for Retirees

Boise residents know that the biggest benefit to living in the area is the increased quality of living. As the largest city in Idaho, and the state’s capital, Boise offers all the traditional amenities seniors should expect from big city living with the charm and community spirit that is normally reserved for smaller communities.


  • Recreation: The city is nestled in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, with sprawling desert to the west and the Boise Mountains to the east. The surrounding areas provide a range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts and multiple parks within city limits host senior friendly activities and events throughout the year. The city is also home to several attractions for retirees to enjoy such as Zoo Boise, the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Idaho Botanical Gardens and the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Boise retirees can take advantage of Bogus Basin Ski Resort, less than an hour away, or one of the many golf courses in the city.

  • Climate: Boise goes through all four seasonal changes without the climate extremes often found in surrounding areas. July highs average around 90 degrees Fahrenheit while January lows stay around 23 degrees. Precipitation in the area averages around 12 inches of rain and 31 inches of snow annually.

  • Senior Services: The Dick Eardley Boise Senior Center offers senior-friendly activities and life enrichment classes to connect senior residents to the rest of the community. The center provides daily lunches and organizes regular group excursions to local attractions.

Seniors who have finally reached retirement now have the free time to pursue the things in life that bring them joy and fulfillment. Retirement in Boise brings increased opportunities to experience a range of recreational activities without breaking the bank or sacrificing access to critical health care services. Seniors can feel confident that choosing to spend their golden years in Boise, Idaho, grants the benefit of full social calendars and the support of a strong, compassionate community.