An Overview of Our State

Idaho is a northwestern U.S. state known for mountainous landscapes, and vast areas of protected wilderness and outdoor recreation land. The capital, Boise, is set in the Rocky Mountain foothills and is bisected by the Boise River, which is popular for rafting and fishing. The city’s riverfront Julia Davis Park is a downtown green space containing a rose garden, museums and a zoo.

Adjacent to Washington and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest, Idaho is a big state. It’s been said if you flatten all the mountains in Idaho, the state would be the size of Texas. Idaho covers two time zones, runs from Canada to Nevada, and encompasses the western side of the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains. Rivers, mountains and farmland dominate the state’s landscape. The panhandle has emerald green hillsides, timbered mountains and pristine lakes. Central Idaho is covered with jagged peaks. The Snake River Plain, with its wide open vistas, irrigated farm lands and vibrant cities forms the character of Southern Idaho.

Idaho’s history lies with its native tribes, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and determined pioneers on the Oregon Trail. Today’s Idaho is both cosmopolitan and small-town friendly. Boise, the capital and largest city, developed near Fort Boise along the Oregon Trail has grown to a population of 190,000. Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are Idaho’s major industries. Abundant outdoor recreation opportunities and scenic vistas around every turn attract over 20 million tourists annually.

Whichever part of this magnificent state you choose to discover, you’ll find spectacular scenery, fun things to do and friendly, helpful people. You’ll also find a place that’s unhurried, unspoiled and unassuming. So linger awhile and discover Idaho.

If you are considering starting a business in Idaho, you should know that Boise is the capital of the most business-friendly state in the United States. There is a low cost associated with doing business in Idaho. The state prices of residential and commercial properties are below those in other major metropolitan areas.

As the largest minority group in the area, Hispanic influence is apparent in areas like food, music, art and film. The growing Hispanic entrepreneurial class has a positive impact on the region’s economy, and an increasing number of Hispanic students enroll in colleges and universities every year, adding to Idaho’s talented workforce.

The Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a blend of small and large business, Hispanic and Community. Please consider forming partnerships with us and increasing your opportunities to build relationships.

Message from the Governor:

“The Hispanic community provides a rich and diverse texture to our communities and way of life in Idaho. As our state’s largest ethnic group, Hispanics also are critically important to our continued success as a state.

Throughout our history, every corner of our state and every sector of our economy has benefited from the culture, imagination and work ethic of Hispanic Idahoans who share a love for the place we call home. They are Idaho’s entrepreneurs, professionals, public servants, educators, community leaders and most of all our good neighbors and friends.”

As Always – Idaho, “Esto Perpetua”

C.L. “Butch” Otter


Thank you for visiting this site, we hope you enjoy learning about the Idaho Hispanic community!