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Old 11-30-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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If job and family wasn't driving my choice, I would probably go with Boise. It's the city in Idaho and probably about double the size of Tri Cities. The climates are very similar... Tri Cities probably gets less sun in the winter and Boise might get even more wind. I lived for some time in TRi Cities and recently bought a house to retire there in 2017 due to proximity to my son and grandsons in Seattle and daughter in Richland. Tri Cities is good for sports programs, has good schools, and is low crime and I think the same can be said for Boise. One good thing about Tri Cities is the Columbia River as well as snake and Yakima all run through the area and there are many excellent wineries in the area. Another advantage is proximity to Settle & Portland. Still, Boise is going to have more to do and more of an actual downtown.
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Old 11-30-2016, 10:56 AM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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Boise metro: 665,000
Tri-Cities metro: 280,000
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:16 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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If job and family wasn't driving my choice, I would probably go with Boise. It's the city in Idaho and probably about double the size of Tri Cities. The climates are very similar... Tri Cities probably gets less sun in the winter and Boise might get even more wind. I lived for some time in TRi Cities and recently bought a house to retire there in 2017 due to proximity to my son and grandsons in Seattle and daughter in Richland. Tri Cities is good for sports programs, has good schools, and is low crime and I think the same can be said for Boise. One good thing about Tri Cities is the Columbia River as well as snake and Yakima all run through the area and there are many excellent wineries in the area. Another advantage is proximity to Settle & Portland. Still, Boise is going to have more to do and more of an actual downtown.
I agree with most of this. I moved back to the Tri-Cities almost two years ago for a lot of reasons you brought up. Easy access to Portland, and especially my hometown of Seattle is important. Also bought real estate here with the understanding it is still relatively cheap and with a growing economy will likely increase nicely. Low crime, yes that has been my experience here. The river culture is fantastic...it is nice to see the wide blue river rolling through the desert. Boise is prettier with nearby mountains, but I have always liked the rolling desert hills around Tri-Cities as well. Weather? I think you have it spot on, but the biggest difference is Tri-Cities rarely has extremes, and compared with the westside, is sunny and dry.

BTW, I listed the metro populations as of 2016 above. They are estimates, but I noticed there were a number of population numbers posted in this thread that are either outdated, or simply inaccurate.
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Aloverton
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BTW, I listed the metro populations as of 2016 above. They are estimates, but I noticed there were a number of population numbers posted in this thread that are either outdated, or simply inaccurate.
The question in both cases is: what do you include?

TC: Finley? Probably. West Richland? Almost have to. Benton City? Maybe. Burbank? Hmmm. Prosser? Kind of a reach.

Boise: Eagle? Oh, probably. Nampa? I'd say so. Caldwell? Now we're getting out there. Star? Might be. Garden City? Don't see how one could not. Kuna? Not so sure.

In any case, I don't think there is much debate that the Boise metro area is roughly triple the population.
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Old 11-30-2016, 04:54 PM
 
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My aunt lives in Richland so I've visited there before and liked it but I wasn't there for very long. As for Boise I've spent a bit of time there as well. Wasn't really able to get a feel for either as much as I would like. I've got years of experience in real estate now with the same company (worked through college with it), my real estate license in Arizona (so national portion covered, would just need a few classes in whatever state) and a college degree so I am hoping that helps with the job search.
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:23 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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The question in both cases is: what do you include?

TC: Finley? Probably. West Richland? Almost have to. Benton City? Maybe. Burbank? Hmmm. Prosser? Kind of a reach.

Boise: Eagle? Oh, probably. Nampa? I'd say so. Caldwell? Now we're getting out there. Star? Might be. Garden City? Don't see how one could not. Kuna? Not so sure.

In any case, I don't think there is much debate that the Boise metro area is roughly triple the population.
I used government estimates of the MSA's for each city. The MSA of Tri-Cities is Benton and Franklin County. The MSA of Boise is Ada, Canyon, Gem, Boise, and Owyhee counties.

So, by MSA population, Boise is roughly just over twice the population of Tri-Cities.
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Old 11-30-2016, 05:24 PM
 
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The question in both cases is: what do you include?

TC: Finley? Probably. West Richland? Almost have to. Benton City? Maybe. Burbank? Hmmm. Prosser? Kind of a reach.

Boise: Eagle? Oh, probably. Nampa? I'd say so. Caldwell? Now we're getting out there. Star? Might be. Garden City? Don't see how one could not. Kuna? Not so sure.

In any case, I don't think there is much debate that the Boise metro area is roughly triple the population.
I used government estimates of the MSA's for each city. The MSA of Tri-Cities is Benton and Franklin County. The MSA of Boise is Ada, Canyon, Gem, Boise, and Owyhee counties.

So, by MSA population, Boise is roughly just over 2 times the population of Tri-Cities. Both metros increased by about 10% in the past five years. Of course Boise is larger but not three times. And there is no doubt the city of Boise is much bigger than the individual cities in the Tri, thus creating a real downtown, something that Kennewick, Richand and Pasco do not offer. Obviously, Boise is the Idaho State capital, and its largest city and metro area.

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Old 11-30-2016, 08:11 PM
 
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Well, for those to whom the precise distinction is of more importance than the general comparison and overall understanding of the differences, I guess you win that one. However, it's got its flaws. I wouldn't include all five of those counties in the Boise metropolitan area, no way. And the stated methodology for the TC causes it to include Prosser (not sure how far west of that the Benton County line goes) and Connell (which is really a stretch) but to exclude Burbank, which is in WW County.
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Old 11-30-2016, 08:38 PM
 
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No precise distinction, just a general correction. And I do understand the differences as I have pointed out. No worries. BTW, I also have lived in Boise.

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Old 11-30-2016, 10:04 PM
 
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Well, for those to whom the precise distinction is of more importance than the general comparison and overall understanding of the differences, I guess you win that one. However, it's got its flaws. I wouldn't include all five of those counties in the Boise metropolitan area, no way. And the stated methodology for the TC causes it to include Prosser (not sure how far west of that the Benton County line goes) and Connell (which is really a stretch) but to exclude Burbank, which is in WW County.
I just did a search on Wikipedia and they listed Tri Cities at 253K and Boise at 617K in 2010....so Boise about 2.4 times larger. So there's really no comparison. I wish there were a downtown area of Tri Cities but there's really not, it's like 3 small cities and a small town (W. Richland) I really liked your overall analysis btw.


I think both would qualify as 'booming' currently. Both also would qualify as areas good to raise a family in.
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