Boise is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the northwest US - home to almost 600,000 inhabitants. Boise is home to an impressive, diverse group of major US companies – Albertson's, Boise Cascade, Micron Technology, JR Simplot, URS Corp and WinCo Foods just to name a few.
Boise has been the recipient of several major awards recognizing its quality of life and business culture: Most Secure Place to Live (500,000 + residents), #9 on the Hottest cities for entrepreneurs (mid-size cities), #6 on the Urban Environment Report Card and #3 for best places for business and careers.
Boise functions as a regional center for the arts and a number of museums and theater groups are based here: the Idaho Historical Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Black History Museum, the Discovery Center of Idaho, the Boise WaterShed and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Theater groups in the city include the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Boise Little Theater, the Boise Contemporary Theater and Prairie Dog Productions.