Nampa is a lively city in Southern Idaho. The city features plenty of natural areas and a quaint downtown scene that offers a number of shopping and dining opportunities. In addition, downtown Boise is under half an hour away, for anyone who enjoys a bigger city experience every now and then.
Climate & Geography
Idaho has a wide variety of climate types, and Nampa is situated in the state's semi-arid continental climate zone. The city experiences four distinct seasons, with hot, dry summers and moderately cold winters. Residents can expect much less rainfall and snowfall than the national average, due to the aridity of the region, as well as approximately 207 sunny days throughout each year.
Nampa is situated on hilly land, southwest of Boise. Indian Creek runs through Nampa, and Lake Lowell is southwest of the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Retirees seeking opportunities to revel in the area’s natural beauty will find that they have a few options nearby. Wilson Springs Pond offers a relaxing view of the water and plenty of fishing opportunities, while Wilson Creek Park offers scenic nature trails. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is a popular destination for bird watching.
Nampa’s downtown area boasts several places to eat and drink. The city is home to a number of antique shops and a historical museum. Locals can enjoy sampling various wines at nearby Sawtooth Winery, or catch a concert or a sporting event at the Ford Idaho Center. The Nampa community celebrates many annual events, such as Nampa Festival of the Arts and Oktoberfest.
Downtown Boise is less than half an hour away, for active adults interested in even more shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Nampa’s overall cost of living is lower than the state and national averages. Grocery, health care, utility, and transportation costs in Nampa are all below the national average, while housing costs are just slightly above.
Social Security is not taxed in Idaho, however all other forms of retirement income are fully taxed. The one exception is that some residents may qualify for a deduction on public pensions, depending on age and disability status, although this deduction is reduced based on Social Security income. Property taxes in Idaho are lower than average, and the sales tax in Nampa is lower than average, at 6 percent.
Idaho ranks above average on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, and the Nampa area scores in the top 68 communities to live in the country.
Nampa locals will find that there are plenty of options to access quality health care nearby. St. Luke’s Nampa Medical Center and St. Alphonsus Medical Center Nampa are both located within the city, and St. Alphonsus Medical Center Nampa is rated as high performing in hip replacement by U.S. News. St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 Hospital in Idaho. The hospital is nationally ranked in two specialties and rated high performing in several procedures and conditions.