From childhood through adulthood, loneliness can make or break someone's ability to connect with a new place or experience. If you're new to the Boise area, welcome, friend. In case no one's told you today, you're certainly not alone in your newness to the Treasure Valley.

As of last year, Idaho was the fastest growing state in the nation. According to the July 2022 census, Idaho's population grew by a whopping 1.8%! But rather than let that data overwhelm you, why not look at it as an even greater opportunity to meet someone in the same boat as you? At a time when so many folks are new to the region, let that commonality be your inroad to new friendship!

If you're someone who struggles with opening up to new people, motivate yourself with the idea that the quality of your friendships can make or break your ability to fall in love with Idaho. And let's be honest, we hope everyone who moves here will love the Gem State as much we do!

THE BEAUTY OF NEW FRIENDSHIPS 5 quotes to inspire you

Need a little more inspiration? We got you! After all, it wasn't all that long ago that we were the new transplants in town. Below are five quotes that helped us keep the pep in our step back when we were going through the awkwardness of making new friends in Boise.

“The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy to your soul.” – Shanna Rodriguez

“We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin

“I meet people and they become chapters in my stories.” ― Avijeet Das

“Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.” – Francesco Guicciardini

“We are partners by fate. We become friends by choice.” – Jacquie McTaggart

Scroll on for 11 tips born from our team's personal experience with making new friends in the Gem State.

11 Simple Hacks to Help Transplants Make Friends In Boise

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

😎 20 Ways California Transplants Make Idaho Living Better

Friends, Not Foes

🥔 Contrary to the bad wrap they so often receive, California transplants bring a lot to the table here in Idaho.

From their environmentally-savvy ways to how much they support local and family-owned businesses, Californians have several positive attributes that contribute to and enhance Idaho living.

🙂 Before you dismiss the idea entirely, give the gallery below a scroll and let our 20 examples sink in.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

😎 40 Ultimate Idaho Experiences to Have Before You're 40

That Idaho Life🥔

These days, that Idaho life is the apple of many an American's eye. It seems once people realize we're not the state of Iowa, they become smitten with our rural-meets-metropolitan lifestyle.

And why wouldn't they? From the Gem State's great outdoors, to its one-of-a-kind Boise attractions, Idahoans are never at a loss for things to do.

As a few of our teammates, along with yours truly nears 40-and-fabulous, we challenged ourselves to pursue every experience in the gallery below. As a matter of fact, we think all Idahoans should check-off every adventure on it!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

☕6 Best Coffee Shops In Boise For Remote Workers

When it comes to remote work, finding a coffee shop with the right vibe can be even more important than the coffee it serves. Lucky for you, friend, our team found six great Boise coffee shops that require no compromise!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

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