Boise Valley made a regular appearance on national lists in 2017


Ann Morrison Park in downtown Boise

Boise Valley includes Meridian since the two cities have melted together in the last 15 years. Verado is ideally located in north Meridian with easy freeway access and a short distance to some of Boise Valley’s best shopping and dining experiences, in my opinion. This week, my husband, Will, and I revisited our closed files for real estate in 2017, with the majority of them being Meridian properties. As we bundled them for storage, two things stood out to us: 1) We have been incredibly blessed and 2) out-of-state buyers accounted for nearly 40% of our sales. If my memory serves me, it seemed that most buyers said that they have friends or family already living here. Curious, I went to Boise Valley Economic Partnership’s website for more substantiating data. A great resource! Interestingly enough, Boise Valley/Idaho landed on 24 national lists in 2017. That’s an impressive number for just 12 months. I didn’t recognize all of the publications at a glance, so I provided links below for more details. Forbes ranked Boise in three separate lists, and Bloomberg ranked Idaho as the #1 Top Performing Economy. Here’s a look at each of the 24 entries, I categorized them by growth, lifestyle and recreation:


Meridian #1 City for New Home Sales
Curbed | January 2017

Boise | Popular U.S. Growth Cities
U-Haul | February 2017 

#1 Idaho  –  Top Performing Economy 
Bloomberg | August 2017

Boise #11 America’s 25 Fastest Growing Cities in 2017
Forbes | October 2017



Boise #12  Best Places to Live
U.S. News & World Report | February 2017

Boise #5 Top 10 Safest Driving Cities During Wet Weather
Allstate | February 2017

Boise #2 2017’s Best Capitol to Live In
WalletHub | February 2017

Boise | Under-Appreciated American Cities You Should Totally Move To
Thrillist | February 2017 

Boise #4 Top 10 Cities for Young Families 2017
MoveBuddha | March 2017

Boise | 11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017
Kiplinger | April 2017

Boise | 25 Best Places to Retire in 2017
Forbes | April 2017

Boise | North America’s Coolest Downtowns
Expedia | April 2017

Boise #20 Top 25 Best Cities for Young Professionals
Forbes | May 2017

Idaho #6 Top 10 Cheapest States To Live In 2017
CNBC | July 2017

Boise #3 Best Run City in America 
WalletHub | July 2017

Boise #8 Top 10 Best State Capitals to Live In 2017 | September 2017

Boise #8 Top 50 Safest Cities in the World 
The Daily Meal | October 2017

Boise #5 Best Cities for Quality of Life 
NerdWallet | October 2017

Boise #10 Top 10 Best Cities for Veterans
WalletHub | November 2017

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Blackrock Homes

Blackrock Homes is based in Meridian, Idaho, and has been a top residential builder in Boise Valley for over two decades. They have a long-standing reputation for building quality homes of excellent value and delivering superior customer service.

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Angie Dilmore

Real estate drew Angie in ten years ago, when she decided to make a career shift that would bring new and exciting challenges each day. Though the industry is ever-changing, Angie strives to deliver a high level of customer care and takes pride in making real estate transactions a positive experience. You can contact Angie at 208.250.2774 or

Angie is a community specialist at Edington and Movado, and is licensed under Fathom Realty in Eagle, Idaho.