With a population of around 85,000 residents, the city of Nampa is located just about 20 miles west of Boise. This fast-growing city is giving Boise a run for its money when it comes to a strong economy, affordable housing, excellent schools and community amenities. From its humble origins as a railroad stop on the Oregon Short Line Railroad, today’s Nampa has come a long way from its incorporation in 1891 to emerge as an attractive and diverse place to live.
Nampa’s economy was long dependent on the railroads and it quickly emerged as an important hub. Agriculture has always played a big part in this city’s economy, and today it is still a stronghold of dairy, livestock and corn production. Manufacturing is another strong component of Nampa’s economy, and is also attracting more and more technology-related industries. Nampa city leaders provide many business incentives for newer and existing companies to encourage economic development for the city.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Nampa, starting with the historic downtown area. City leaders and residents alike have transformed the area to update historic buildings, beautify city streets and create a rich and interesting destination with restaurants, shops and galleries. Another attraction in Nampa includes the Canyon County Historical Museum, located in the old train depot, and it highlights the community’s early interests in railroad and agriculture. The Warhawk Air Museum has memorabilia from all the different wars, plus real fighter planes. One of Nampa’s biggest annual events, the Snake River Stampede, is one of the top twelve rodeos in the country.
There are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery around Nampa and really get into nature. Golfers can head to Centennial Golf Course or Ridgecrest Golf Club to indulge their hobby. Nearby, the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is home to all kinds of wildlife and features a lovely visitor’s center, plus trails and observation booths. The city itself maintains 25 parks, and park amenities range from sports facilities and playgrounds to dog parks and walking trails, plus so much more.
The first school in Nampa was established in the 1890s, but students in today’s Nampa schools can participate in some of the best education programs in the state. The Nampa School District oversees more than 20 elementary, middle and high schools. When it comes to higher education, residents don’t need to go very far, because Nampa is also home to the College of Western Idaho as well as Northwest Nazarene University.
Nampa is highly desirable because the cost of homes here are below the national average. Combined with the cultural, educational, recreational and economic opportunities available in this second largest city in Idaho, it’s no wonder that so many people are looking seriously at making Nampa their home.