Annual Manual 2018: Bragging Rights 

Brag: 1. (verb) to say in a boastful manner; 2. (adjective) excellent, first-rate

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has never had it so easy. Never in the history of Boise has the City of Trees been lavished with so many "Top 10" or "Best of..." listings.  
click to enlarge JASON JACOBSEN
  • Jason Jacobsen
One has to go back to New Year's Day of 2007 for the last memorable time Boise was splashed across the headlines of the nation's top newspapers. That, of course, was when the Boise State Broncos thumped the University of Oklahoma in the nationally televised Fiesta Bowl (Bronco fans are still dining out on that one). The BSU football program continued to keep Boise on the proverbial map with an undefeated season in 2009, but it really wasn't until after the recession that Boise began to receive the unprecedented and seemingly endless chorus of hosannas it still enjoys today.

So the next time a relative from, say, San Francisco or New York begins bragging about how great their city is, here's some highprofile pushback:

• Best city in the U.S. for kids (, November 2014)

• Second-best place in the U.S. to raise a family (Forbes, April 2012)

• Second-best artistic mid-sized city in U.S. (, November 2017)

• Fourth-best city in the U.S. to retire (Forbes, April 2017)

• Fourth-coolest downtown in North America (, April 2017)

• Fifth-best city in the U.S. for quality of life (, October 2017)

• Eighth-safest city in the world (, October 2017)

• Ninth-best city in the U.S. for coffee (, March 2014)

• 10th-best city in the U.S. for active families (Outside, April 2014)

• 10th-cleanest city in the U.S. (, October 2015)

And lest we forget the beloved Boise State Broncos, Boise was also named the 10th-best college football town in the U.S. by Time magazine in September 2015.

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