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Location of the Boise City-Nampa Metropolitan Statistical Area in Idaho

The Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (commonly known as the Boise Metropolitan Area or the Treasure Valley), as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of five counties in southwestern Idaho, anchored by the cities of Boise and Nampa. It is the state's largest officially designated metropolitan area and includes Idaho's three largest cities – Boise, Nampa, and Meridian.

As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 464,840 (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 587,689).[1] The metro area is currently the third largest in the Pacific Northwest (after Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, Canada), and the 86th largest in the United States.




  • Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants
  • Places with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 464,840 people, 170,291 households, and 120,118 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 89.80% White, 0.52% African American, 0.80% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 5.02% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.96% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $36,695, and the median income for a family was $42,196. Males had a median income of $31,854 versus $23,244 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $17,041.

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