The gracious city of Nampa is known for its abundant park space and mountain view. This largest city in Canyon County—and third largest by population in the state—boasts a total of 24 parks and three golf courses.
Nampa is located twenty miles west of Boise—part of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area—and has homes within a wide variety of architectural styles and price points. Nampa offers one of the best residential values in the Boise Valley. It’s an active market too, with numerous housing subdivisions having been constructed just over the last few years.
Legend has it that the city took its name from the Shoshoni Indian word for moccasin or footprint. Nampa still reflects touches of its Old West ancestry in its historic downtown. The city center has managed to keep its quaint feel with ambitious streetscape beautification projects to refine the look. The 1903 Nampa Train Depot Museum is an appealing landmark, while numerous new businesses, including coffee shops, wineries, restaurants, bars and live entertainment venues have added vibrancy.
Families are drawn to the city for its educational options. Thanks to its 15 elementary schools, four middle schools and four high schools, many Nampa residents with children can locate within walking distance or a short drive to the schools of their choice.
While local industry attracts employment in retail, manufacturing, agribusiness, technology and biosciences, those who work in Boise or other communities within the region won’t experience a long commute. Nampa is located along the important Interstate 84, with four entrance/exit ramps.
The Snake Creek Stampede Rodeo, one of the nation’s largest, takes place in Nampa every third week in July. The Ford Idaho Center, the arena hosting this event, has also scheduled entertainment as varied as a Rolling Stones concert, national athletic events and Monster Jam motorsport shows.
Other local attractions and recreational draws include the Warhawk Air Museum, two shopping centers, countless wineries and craft breweries and the natural wonders of nearby Lake Lowell and the Deer Park National Wildlife Refuge.
In Nampa, the cost of living and conducting business is low, but there’s plenty to do and see, with a high quality of life.