Idaho Falls has been called many things over time, including the “Gateway to the West,” “The Gateway to Paradise,” and the “outdoor enthusiasts dreamland.” Regardless of how it’s looked at, Idaho Falls is an amazing and vibrant community. The city is situated on the northeast portion of the Snake River Plain, at the edge of a large agricultural area. It has been growing at a steady pace over the last decade and now boasts a population of around 60,000,which is large for an Idaho city. Overall the small-town feel is one of it’s the biggest selling points for potential newcomers.
If outdoor activities are your thing, then look no further because eastern Idaho offers so many opportunities and never closes due to inclement weather. The Snake River is a legendary fly fishing spot, with anglers coming from across the nation each year to enjoy its majesty. Steelhead, salmon, and native cutthroat trout are just a few of the species of fish found in the many waterways and tributaries of the river. If you’d prefer to hunt, then Idaho is the place to be; Elk, deer, wolf, mountain lion, black bear, and even bison hunts take place in the state. With so many acres of public land, Idaho also is a great place to camp, hike, or just to spend the day communing with nature. The Sand Dunes just outside of Idaho Falls are one of the top four-wheeler riding areas found in America and there are mountain biking trails that canvas the local terrain.
When summer turns to winter, the mountains surrounding Idaho Falls come alive with skiers, snowboarders, snow mobiles, and cross country snowshoeing. With mile after mile of groomed trails located across the state, you might not want to ever come back inside. But, if you find yourself in town during winter weather, there is indoor and outdoor ice skating, the Festival of Trees, and many activities sponsored by local businesses.
If you aren’t an outdoor person, the Idaho Falls area still has plenty of excitement to offer such as the Zoo at Tautphaus Park, watching our very own Idaho Falls Chukars play a minor league baseball game at Melaleuca Field, visiting the weekly local farmers market downtown, or playing golf at one of the many public courses close to town. Idaho’s oldest rodeo is held each year in Idaho Falls, and each Wednesday when the weather is good you can experience “Alive after Five,” a celebration of food, friends, spirits, and music in downtown. You can unwind or relax at one of the movie theaters, the Colonial Performing Arts Center, The Museum of Idaho, art galleries, shopping malls, or immerse yourself in the local history at the actual waterfalls that are located in the heart of the city.
Idaho Falls is a great place to work and a great place to live. Located at nearly 5,000 feet above sea-level, the summer temperatures are moderate, spring is usually wet and cool, fall is moderate and lasts well into the later months, and winters fluctuate between periods of clear cold to snowy and windy. Compared to the rest of the nation, Idaho Falls cost of living is 12.5% lower, unemployment is 2% lower than the national averages, and the crime rate is much lower. The median age of the population is 33 years old, housing is affordable, and it’s one of the places left in America where you’ll not only know your neighbors names, but you’ll find yourself quickly becoming friends with them. Idaho Falls is a wonderful place to raise children, attend the church of your choice, and put down permanent roots.
If you need more information (or convincing) on how great Idaho Falls is, some of our local news outlets have published stories about the draw of Idaho. In 2017, a local news channel produced a report about Idaho Falls and it’s draw for millennials. More recently, another news outlet wrote a piece on the rapid growth of Idaho Falls and what specifically is drawing people to our neck of the woods.