Living outside of Boise, I can only snicker a bit for those who live elsewhere. There are plenty of great spots to live in, and we are just fortunate that the Boise area rocks. The town has any and everything you can imagine, and all the yuppiness folks from Portland will desire, in addition to all the redneck anyone else might like. And all points in between. Main points of positive mainly lie in the low cost of living; house cost, etc., ridiculously close access to every type of recreation imaginable, world class whitewater less than 30 miles, skiing less than 20, road biking out the front door, mt biking out the front door, hiking within a few minutes, serious remoteness less than 2 hours and on and on....and an added benefit of a desert area that is larger than many states, and boasts an almost limitless recreational area that is basically unused.
don't hesitate to drop me a line, I can try to answer any of your questions etc