Nampa is a great little community just 20 miles west of Boise in western Idaho, not far from the border with Oregon. This is high desert landscape and the city sits in the Treasure Valley just south of the Rocky Mountains. The area has mild winters with an average high of 37 in January and summers get up into the high 80’s. If you retire in Nampa, Idaho you will find a lower cost of living, low crime, four seasons, and both natural and cultural attractions. No insane traffic in Nampa!
Originally settled as a railroad town, huge canals were built in 1890 to bring water to the area for the booming farmland. The town sits right on Highway 84 – a major highway connecting Portland Oregon to Salt Lake City.
Nampa is the second largest city in Idaho and is a boomtown – considered part of the Boise metropolitan area. There are wineries, gorgeous mountains and rolling hills, a couple of busy shopping centers and the downtown historic district has great little shops and attractions. The town features the Canyon County Historical Museum, well worth an afternoon visit, and the War Hawk Air Museum at the municipal airport showcases several WWII fighter planes. Don’t miss the Snake River Dayz during the summer where you can attend the Snake River Stampede, the Griddles and Fiddles Festival, Stampede through Town Fun Run (walk) and the Summer Sounds Concerts. This is cowboy country and you can get outfitted with all your gear at several retailers in the area.
The crime rate in Nampa is 2.44 per 1,000 – well below the 3.9 national average. There are 87,000 people in Nampa and 10.3% are over the age of 65. We found a great two bedroom/2 bath home with a very modern kitchen with a great view over the valley for $178,000. Rents run in the $800-1200 range per month.
If you live in Arizona or someplace hot in the summer – consider Nampa for your next miserable time of the year! You’ll be glad you did!
Photo: Courtesy of Chamber of Commerce