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Live in a Great Place

Idaho Falls

A Great Place to Live!

Tired of... Sky-high house prices? High crime rates? Feeling unsafe? Sitting in traffic? Polluted air? Lousy schools? Or maybe you already enjoy the perks of living in a great community, but long for professional stimulation at a high-tech, regional medical center. Idaho Falls provides the best of both worlds: a superior quality of life and exciting career opportunities.

  • 2013 - Second Happiest City in the Nation- University of Vermont
  • 2012 - #10 "America's Most Affordable Cities" - Council for Community & Economic Research
  • 2010 - A "Top 100 City"- CNN Money Magazine
  • 2010 - #52 "Best Small Place for Business & Careers"- Forbes Magazine
  • 2010 - The "Best Place to Raise Kids in Idaho"- Business Week Magazine
  • 2009 - #6 on the "Top 10 Future Micro-Cities"- fDI Magazine
  • 2009 - A "Top 100 City"- RelocateAmerica.com
  • 2009 - #3 "Town to Watch"- True West Magazine

Idaho Falls lies at the heart of some of the world’s best-known recreation areas, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, the Snake River, the Sawtooths, Henry’s Lake, Jackson Hole, and Sun Valley.

Nature provides a stunning backdrop to our safe, accessible, and convenient city. The 14-mile Greenbelt, along the falls of the Snake River, includes a path for joggers, walkers, and bladers; grassy areas for picnicking or fishing; and a boat ramp for water sports. With 20 multi-use parks covering about 1,600 acres, there’s an acre for every 32 residents!

Idaho Falls’ Cultural District in historic downtown includes a visual and performing arts center, dinner theater, art museum, public library, and natural and cultural history museum.

Downtown attractions draw 800,000 people each year. Built in 1919, the newly renovated Colonial Theatre (once known as the “biggest and finest” theater in Idaho) bustles with two art galleries and a full season of top acts in the performing arts. The Museum of Idaho, the state’s largest museum, preserves and showcases the natural and cultural history of Idaho and the Intermountain West, including such exhibits as A T-Rex Named Sue, Columbian Mammoth, and World of Lewis & Clark. Other cultural attractions include a local symphony and chamber orchestras, ballet, opera theater, and numerous art galleries.

Children can choose from many recreation leagues and educational enrichment programs. Adults get to play, too, at the paramutuel racetrack and rodeo, BMX track, auto racetrack, kayak course, and climbing walls. Other city highlights:

  • The Chukars, our very own minor-league professional baseball team
  • Three of the finest municipal golf courses in the region, as well as a reasonably priced private course
  • An indoor aquatic center
  • Tautphaus Park Zoo, one of the nation’s best little zoos, home to over 250 animals from six continents

About Our Community

  • Population: Almost 53,000 within the city, and 130,000+ in the local MSA
  • Median Age: 33.1 Years
  • Average number of people per household: 2.82
  • Cost of living: Southeast Idaho is 95.6% of the Nation's average, with a low 5% sales tax and an average property tax of 1.5% of the assessed value.

About Our Climate

Residents enjoy the beauty and recreation provided by all a four-season climate: sunny summers, sparkling snowy winters, and everything in between.

Summertime nightly lows average from 45º to 60ºF, and daily highs range from 75º to 95ºF.

Winters are shorter and milder, and summers are cooler and longer than other locations east of the Continental Divide. Idaho experiences long periods of no rain between late June and the first powder snows of November.

About Our Schools

In addition to our nationally award-winning K-12 schools in District 91 and 93, we’re also proud of our abundant opportunities in higher education:

  • The University of Idaho and Idaho State University offer more than 17 Master's, 11 Ph.D. and three undergraduate majors at University Place Campus in Idaho Falls.
  • Eastern Idaho Technical College offers applied two-year degrees, certification programs, and workforce training to more than 16,000 students, including programs in the medical field.
  • BYU-Idaho in nearby Rexburg has 13,000 full-time students in more than 90 degree programs.

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