Exploring Nampa

The people of Nampa are very proud of their small town. Although the third largest city in the state of Idaho, the laid-back pace and friendliness of the residence helps it keep its small-town feel. 

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There is a reason the city came up with this slogan and why the community voted in favor of it. The people of Nampa are very proud of their small town.

 Although the third largest city in the state of Idaho, the laid-back pace and friendliness of the residence helps it keep its small-town feel. And Nampa has a lot that it is proud of. 


Let’s first start with their history...

Nampa began its life in the early 1880s when the Oregon Short Line Railroad built a line from Granger, Wyoming, to Huntington, Oregon, which passed through Nampa. As the Oregon Short Line railroad originally bypassed Boise, Nampa had the fanciest railroad depot in the area. 

This brings us to the Nampa Train Depot Museum. This grand historic building sits in the center of Downtown Nampa. Saved by a group of citizens in 1972 from demolition, the Nampa Train Depot Museum features exhibits on Nampa railroad history, antiques, souvenirs and more. 


Downtown is another source of pride for residents and business owners alike. Anchored by the new Library Square and home to the beautiful new Nampa Library you can walk to the Nampa Train Depot Museum, the Nampa Farmers Market, art galleries, consignment and retail boutiques, and little hip restaurants. Places like the Flying M, Messenger Pizza, Brick 29 Bistro, Stella’s Ice Cream, Boise Fry Company, and Crescent Brewery to name a few. 


Just about everyone in Nampa is proud of their local Lake Lowell. Located in South Nampa, this 9,000-acre reservoir is a recreation lovers paradise. This irrigation storage reservoir constructed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the early 1900’s is surrounded by the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which was established in 1909 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

 If bird watching is your thing, this is the place. During the summer enjoy picnicking, water skiing, wakeboarding and all the fun one can have on the lake. And in the fall hunters are on the watch for waterfowl. 


For a town this size, it has a lot to offer. The Warhawk Air Museum is a place that preserves military aviation history and attracts over 25,000 visitors a year. The Ford Idaho Center hosts world-class musicians in their outdoor amphitheater; events and productions in the Idaho Arena, and horse shows and rodeo’s like the Snake River Stampede, one of the nation’s top 10 regular season professional rodeos, at the Idaho Center Horse Park. If golfing is more your game, Nampa has three beautiful golf courses within its city limits.

The Nampa Rec Center is a great place for families. This immense facility has 5 indoor pools, cardio and weight rooms, indoor and outdoor tracks, racquetball, rock climbing, preschool and kids’ camps, senior activities and a host of other events throughout the year. And the Nampa Civic Center is home to the Performing Arts Center in Nampa. 


Residents are also proud of the schools in the friendly town of Nampa. Offering public and private schools from early childhood and up, the teachers here resemble the town they live in. Hard-working, honest, caring people making sure your child gets the best education possible. 

And Nampa boasts three great colleges – Northwest Nazarene University, one of the top Christian universities in the Northwest, College of Western Idaho, and Stevens-Henegar College – Nampa campus. 


As great as Nampa is with all its amenities, it wouldn’t be much without the people who live and work here. We’re talking real salt-of-the-earth type folks. They work hard, are hospitable, and supportive. It’s a diverse culture of agriculture to service professionals, retail to start-ups. It’s an easier lifestyle with almost no commute time if you work in the city.

Cost of living is lower, crime is low, housing is much more affordable than other areas in the Valley. There are many parks and trails to explore and the proximity to everything around the Valley is easy to get to. 


Nampa’s friendly business climate, low unemployment rate, and low-cost of doing business are attracting many new companies to expand or open here. Treasure Valley Marketplace and Treasure Valley Crossing are retail magnets with anchor stores like Target and Dicks Sporting Good along with Costco. 

Nampa has added two new full-service hospitals to the area – 87-bed St. Luke’s Hospital off Midland Boulevard and 100-bed Saint Alphonsus off I-84 replacing the older hospital on 12th Avenue Road. And rumor has it, Amazon is planning a huge distribution facility in Nampa that could employ up to 3,000 people.


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