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Boise

Boise (pronounced /ˈbɔɪsi/) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the county seat of Ada County and the principal city of the Boise metropolitan area. It is the largest city between Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon and thus serves as the primary government, economic, cultural, and transportation center for the area.

As of the 2006 Census Bureau estimates, Boise's population was 198,638[1], with a metropolitan area estimated to have 635,450 inhabitants, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Idaho.

Boise is located at 43°36′49″N, 116°14′16″W (43.613739, -116.237651),[2] in southwestern Idaho, approximately 41 miles (66 km) east of the Oregon border, and 110 miles (180 km) north of the Nevada border. The downtown core sits at an elevation of 2,704 feet (824 m) above sea level.

Most of the metropolitan area lies on a broad, relatively flat plain. Mountains rise up to the northeast, stretching from the far southeastern tip of the Boise city limits to nearby Eagle. These mountains are known to locals as the Boise foothills and are sometimes described as the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. About 34 miles (55 km) southwest of Boise, and about 26 miles (42 km) southwest of Nampa, the Owyhee Mountains lie entirely in neighboring Owyhee County.


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