BOISE -- Boise City is once again creating national buzz. Several high-profile publications are ranking the city as one of the best places in the country to do business and live.

Boise was recently ranked by the Brookings Institute, KPMG, and Forbes.

Brookings, a nonprofit public policy organization that specializes in research, named Boise as one of the top 20 fastest recovering cities. The calculation was based on growth, employment and housing prices.

Ada County Association of Realtors Executive Director Marc Lebowitz gave us the key number, so far this year we've sold 1,350 homes.

Lebowitz says in 2011, home sales were up seven percent overall when compared to the previous year, and the current number of properties on the market is the lowest it has been since 2001.

KPMG studies business environments across the world. The company says in the Pacific U.S., Boise is the lowest-cost place to do business.

State government has done a good job of keeping costs low, said Clark Krause, the Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership.

Businesses have also worked to keep costs down.

People are really taking the futures into their own hands and really crafting the vision of what they want there community to be, said Dave Self, the Senior Vice President and Regional Director of PacificSource.

Part of that vision is not only a business friendly community, but a family friendly one as well. Forbes Magazine gave Boise the number two spot on its list because of low crime rates and high school quality.

You feel the life here, said Krause. You feel there is really something special.

The number one spot went to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

It is hard to pinpoint where all the attention is coming from, but Krause and other local business leaders think there is one common thread-- the people in our community.

The ratings are a nice pat on the back for Boise, but it they are also helping to attract more people and businesses to the valley.

I need to let them know that this is a logical choice for future expansions for their company, said Krause.

In the past six months, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership has seen nearly three times as many businesses looking to relocate or expand here. Krause says the recent rankings will play into some of those companies' final decisions.

And while Boise is the city named on the lists, business and community leaders say the rankings really extend beyond the city and apply to all of the Treasure Valley.

The entire state of Idaho is also getting some national love from the press. CNNMoney just named Idaho as the friendliest state for small businesses.

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