Living in Boise means you've got pretty good odds of having an understanding boss who lets you leave work early to catch your son's baseball game or take your daughter to swim lessons.  There are other ways too that the Treasure Valley proves it offers a good work-life balance.

To figure out which places have the best work-life balance, SmartAsset looked at things like the number of jobs available, average hours worked per week, commute times, the number of bars and happy hour spots available, and the cost of living.

Boise was the only Idaho city in the top twenty-five nationwide and came in at number 5.

Fifth place!  Because we're good at putting life before work and not being defined by the clock and commutes, and we take charge of our lives so we won't be robbed of fun.

Commute times in Boise are low compared to other states, with the drive to work about 18 minutes on average.  In other states, it can take 30 or 45 minutes to get to work, and the same amount of time on the return trip.  With the extra time, we're getting kids to baseball practice on time or buying the first round at happy hour while other folks are fighting traffic.

Boise has a high concentration of bars, restaurants, and recreation spots too, and we hit those up regularly with our healthy amounts of free time. Places like Bittercreek Alehouse, Chandler's, and Press & Pony are probably really glad we've got the healthy work-life balance.  We balance there a lot.

We love living here, and stories like these are more proof that we are smart and on the right track. The jobless rate is generally low too, and employers are usually supportive on a personal level.  We're more than just a number to them it seems.  Hopefully, you've found this to be true.

Thanks for listening at work, but get outta here once in a while, would ya?  Get on with that healthy work-life balance, and feel good about it because overall, Boise is a super supportive place to be.

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