Ever feel like things are a little noisy at your home or work?  Or maybe, you really appreciate how quiet your backyard is.  There's now an interactive map online that will show you how loud (or quiet) your home (or any address) is compared to other areas due to traffic.

Of course, noise around the airport and I-84 are the loudest on the map given plane and vehicle traffic.  But how does your place stack up?

As you can probably imagine, things are a lot louder than they used to be-- machinery is everywhere.  In fact, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, an estimated 97% of the United States population can hear road traffic and air traffic up to 50 decibels.  That isn't anything very loud, but it's about the volume of a humming refrigerator and that is something that scientists (doing smart people things) are noticing.

Here are some of the loudest places I noticed on the map of the treasure valley:

  • The Boise Airport doesn't come as much of a surprise as jets are taking off and coming in every hour.  According to the map key, the airport is sitting at a range of about 65db's.
  • Most of the downtown Boise area is blanketed in a shade of yellow on this map, which according to the key has this large area ranging anywhere from 40 to 55 decibels.

I looked up my house and I'm close enough to downtown to be in that "yellow range" of 40db's.  What about you?

Enter your address HERE!

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