How Safe Is Boise for Travel?

Boise, United States
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Boise is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho and is the county seat of Ada County.

The downtown area’s elevation 824 m above sea level.

The city rests at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains along the plain of the Boise River which winds through the city.

Boise is the administrative and cultural hub of Idaho.

Many of the attractions in the city center around its status as the state capital.

Tourists can visit here Idaho State Capitol Building, Julia Davis Park, Idaho Botanical Gardens, Basque Museum, and Cultural Center and many others.

Warnings & Dangers in Boise

Overall Risk


The city is one of the safest in the state. Tourists can feel comfortable here. The usual precautions are recommended.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation could be not safe late at night. Beware of pickpockets. Taxi is comfortable and safe.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are usually found in tourist places or in crowded public transport. Take care of your pockets and don't carry a lot of valuables with you.

Natural Disasters Risk


Natural disasters are rare in Boise, but be aware of fog in the winter months while driving, which can set in suddenly and be very thick.

Mugging Risk


Usually, armed robberies or serious crimes do not happen in this city. But tourists are advised to be careful late at night and in bars on the outskirts.

Terrorism Risk


Boise hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


You should be wary of homeless people and beggars. Also, be careful if a stranger stops you on the street asking for help. It could be a distraction to rob you.

Women Travelers Risk


Boise is safe for female solo travelers. Just use common sense like in any other city.

So... How Safe Is Boise Really?

Idaho has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

In the West, only Utah’s crime rate was lower according to data from the Idaho State Police Department.

The index of crime is low in Boise.

Violent crime is quite rare, but common precautions such as locking car doors and securing valuables are always wise.

Local police react aggressively with criminal suspects.

Women should use caution if they are alone at night.

Boise is friendly to LGBT persons and has an anti-discrimination ordinance extending to sexual orientation. But areas outside Boise may not be so friendly.

Anyway, violence is extremely unlikely.

This city is very safe as it is mostly a farming community, where people are busy with their livestock and orchards and are self-sufficient.

Most of the safest cities in other states are safe because those cities have high median income levels, signaling that no one is driven to crime out of desperation.

All tourists should take the usual precaution measures, just as they would in any other city or their hometown.

Despite all the safety, the level of criminal incidents has increased over the past couple of years, so tourists are advised to be careful, especially at night.

How Does Boise Compare?

CitySafety Index
San Francisco61
Belize City (Belize)37
La Paz (Bolivia)52
Sao Paulo (Brazil)45

Useful Information

  • Visas - A foreign national traveling to the United States for tourism needs a visitor visa (B-2) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. Check your needs at A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and code: USD. There are 100 cents in 1 US dollar.
  • Weather - The best times to visit Boise for ideal weather are from May to July or from mid-August to October. Temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.
  • Airports - Boise Airport is a joint civil-military airport three miles south of Boise in Ada County, Idaho, United States. The airport is operated by the city of Boise Department of Aviation and is overseen by an Airport Commission. It is the busiest airport in the state of Idaho, it's serving more passengers than all other airports in the state.
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Boise Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -1° C
Feb 3° C
Mar 7° C
Apr 11° C
May 15° C
Jun 20° C
Jul 24° C
Aug 24° C
Sep 18° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 5° C
Dec -1° C
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1 Review on Boise

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    Frederico says:

    Boise is a nice city

    If you travel in bad areas in most cities in the US then you have a big risk of getting mugged. Boise is no different. I have friends who got mugged doing this. If you exercise a bit of caution then you’ll be fine and Boise is actually a very nice city to visit. The Idaho Botanical Gardens, Basque Museum, and Cultural Center are just 3 of the main attractions anyone should be visiting.

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