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Pros

-Nearby national parks
-Nearby recreation
-Small town feel

Cons

-Entertainment
-Arts and culture
-Narrow employment base


What Bert Has To Say About Idaho Falls Metro Area


Idaho Falls is situated on the northeast portion of the Snake River Plain, at the edge of a large agricultural area. It is mainly an agricultural center but also serves as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons to the northeast and east, respectively. It is a center for the Idaho branch of the Mormon culture, clear from the enormous temple visible for miles around.

The town itself is nondescript and doesn’t have much to do, but the setting is attractive and the summer climate is pleasant. There is a small historic district with some arts venues along an attractive Snake River waterfront and most residential areas are quiet and concentrated to the south and east. Educational attainment is fairly high while cost of living is moderately low. The area is attractive for outdoors-oriented residents and is gaining interest among retirees especially in Rexburg and areas northeast towards Yellowstone.

The broad, flat, treeless Snake River Plain surrounds Idaho Falls; the larger Rockies and Grand Tetons to the east and the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains to the west can be seen at a distance. The climate is semi-arid, variable and invigorating. The high elevation usually moderates summer temperatures giving warm but not hot, dry days and cool evenings, some requiring a jacket.

Late summer high pressure and valley heating can drive temperatures well into the 90’s. Precipitation mainly occurs as occasional thundershowers. Winter moves back and forth between mild, wet, Pacific-influenced periods and colder, harsher periods influenced by northerly air flows, sometimes driving temperatures below zero. Spring is wet; fall is most pleasant. First freeze is late September, last is late May.


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Quick Facts About Idaho Falls


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Idaho Falls is 4.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Idaho Falls jobs have Increased by 1.74 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Idaho Falls's cost of living is 8.30% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Idaho Falls's population is 57,021 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.30 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Idaho Falls is $143,200. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.70 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Idaho Falls public schools spend $6,382 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 23.5 students per teacher in Idaho Falls.

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Comments


re: Idaho Falls area 2009 - 3/31/2009
The obvious reminder for parents to always supervise their children in ANY public place i.e. church - was given to the entire worldwide membership. Unfortunately Idaho... (read more)
Idaho Falls
I have lived in the Idaho Falls/Ammon area my entire life. I have to warn anyone that is not affiliated with the mormon church to never move here. I am not part of this... (read more)
Almost There???
Obviously 'Quality of Life' is subjective. Idaho Falls is very close to being a premier place to live. The business base is very well rounded with many national chains... (read more)
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