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Idaho Falls

City of Idaho Falls

  •   State: 
    Bonneville County
    Idaho Falls
      County FIPS: 
    43°30′N 112°2′W
      Area total: 
    24.55 sq mi (63.59 km²)
      Area land: 
    24.00 sq mi (62.16 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.56 sq mi (1.44 km²)
    4,705 ft (1,434 m)
    1864; Incorporated 1891
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Mountain Standard Time (MST) UTC-7:00; Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) UTC-6:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,700.75 residents per square mile of area (1,011.75/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Idaho Falls (Shoshoni: Dembimbosaage) is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. It is the state's largest city outside the Boise metropolitan area. In the 2010 census, the population of Idaho Falls was 56,813 (2019 estimate: 62,888), with a metro population of 133,265. Idaho Falls serves as the commercial, cultural, and healthcare hub for Eastern Idaho, as well as parts of western Wyoming and southern Montana. The city is served by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport and is home to the College of Eastern Idaho, Museum of Idaho, and Idaho Falls Chukars minor league baseball team. The name Idaho Falls is derived from an isolated basalt island in the river near the ferry, where approximately twenty eagles nested. The town was initially known as Taylor's Crossing, but postmarks indicate that by 1866, the emerging town had become known as Eagle Rock. In 1887, Idaho Falls became a permanent settlement when freighter Matt Taylor built a timber-frame toll bridge across a narrow black basaltic gorge of the river 7 miles (11 km) downstream from the ferry. The bridge improved travel for settlers moving north and west, and for miners, freighters, and others seeking riches in the gold fields of Idaho and Montanaespecially the boom towns of Bannack and Virginia City. The U&NR had the backing of robber baron Jay Gould, as Union Pacific Railroad had purchased it a few years prior.


Idaho Falls is the primary city name, but also Ammon are acceptable city names or spellings, Beachs Corner, Bone, Coltman, Grant, Hillview, Lincoln, New Sweden, Osgood, Saint Leon, Shelton, Taylor on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is City of Idaho Falls. Eagle Rock, Utah, was the site of the first U.S. oil refinery. It was built in 1874 on the banks of the Snake River. In 1887, a new bridge was built across the river to connect it to the rest of the state. The city was named after the river, but it was later renamed after the town. It is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, with more than 100,000 visitors a year. The town is now home to the University of Utah, which was founded in 1872. It has a population of more than 2,000 and is home to a large array of businesses, including an oil refinery, a bank, a hotel, and a school. It also has a national park, which is the only place in the state that has a large number of oil refineries. The river is the source of much of the water used to irrigate the area. The area is also known as the Great River Canyon, after the name of a nearby lake. The name of the river comes from a Native American word that means "river" or "canyon" and refers to the river's origin. It means "great river" in Native American language, which means "long river" and "deep river" It was named for the riverbed that runs through the center of the city, and its name is derived from the word "great" meaning "great". The name "eagle" is now used to refer to the town, which has a long history of being called Eagle Rock.


Idaho Falls has an extensive river walk trail featuring running and bike trails, art installations, and points of interest along several miles of the Snake River. Natural disasters are rare in the area, although an F2 tornado hit the Idaho Falls area on April 7, 1978, causing up to $5 million in damage. Idaho Falls experiences a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters (Köppen Dfb). Precipitation is relatively sparse, but not low enough to classify the climate as semi-arid. The city has a total area of 22.80 square miles (59.05 km²), of which, 98% is land and 0.45 sq miles (1.17 km², 2%) is water. The numbered streets area was the first planned neighborhood in Idaho Falls. The West Side houses Idaho Falls Regional Airport and I-15. It has retained more of a small-town feel than the east side, which has grown and developed much more rapidly since the 1980s. Snake River Landing is a large, mixed-use development on the west side of the river near I- 15, which includes residential, restaurant, park, and community event space, including a planned mid-sized indoor arena. It now hosts the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, a large Independence Day event. The Idaho Falls Farmers' Market and many other community events are held in the downtown area of the city. It is home to the Museum of Idaho, Colonial Theatre, Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and Idaho Falls Public Library.


As of the census of 2010, there were 56,813 people, 21,203 households, and 14,510 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 89.3% White, 0.7% African American, 1.0% Native American,1.0%. The top five ethnic groups in Idaho Falls are:English - 22%German - 7%Irish - 5%edish - 4% satiric - 4%. The median income for a household in theCity was $40,512, and the median income. for a family was $47,431. About 7.8% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12% of those under age 18 and 6.3%. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.20. The median age in the City was 32.2 years. The city has a population density of 2,542.0 inhabitants per square mile (981.5/km²). There were 22,977 housing units at an average density of 1,028.1 per squaremile (397.0/ km²) The city is located on the U.S.-Idaho border. It is the only city in Idaho that is not on the National Highway System, which runs from Idaho Falls to Idaho Springs. It has an average population of 50,730 people, according to the 2010 census. The population density is 2,972.2 inhabitants per sq mile (1,147.6/km 2).


The community's economy was mostly agriculturally focused until the opening of the National Reactor Testing Station in the desert west of Idaho Falls in 1949. The city became largely dependent on high-income jobs from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), known locally as "The Site" Since the 1990s, the city has added a significant retail, entertainment, and restaurant sector, as well as a regional medical center. It is the home to several small-to-medium-sized national corporations such as North Wind, Inc and Melaleuca, Inc. The median home price in Idaho Falls was $224,800 in January 2007. It hosts the headquarters of the United Potato Growers of Idaho and District 7 of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The area has a population of 122,995, with a median household income of $47,719. It has a cost-of-living index of 99.8 and a unemployment rate of 2.7%. The city is home to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which monitors health care costs and quality of life in the United States. It also has the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, which tracks health care quality and safety in the state. The state's population of 647,500 is the third highest in the nation, after California and New York. The U.N. estimates that the state has the highest percentage of people living in poverty.

Arts and culture

Downtown Idaho Falls once struggled as the city expanded eastward. Today, it is home to a handful of locally owned shops, stores, restaurants, galleries, theaters, and future revitalization efforts. The city attracts many tourists visiting nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Jackson Hole, and fishing on the Snake River. Due to its proximity to high-profile outdoor destinations, Idaho Falls was in 2017 named to National Geographic's list of the "100 Best Adventure Towns". The Willard Arts Center, The Colonial Theatre and Civic Auditorium host musical concerts, plays, and events. The Museum of Idaho showcases local artifacts and history. It also brings in major traveling exhibits such as fossilized dinosaurs, Gutenberg Bibles, Titanic remnants, and "Bodies: the Exhibition" and other traveling exhibits. The Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the City of Idaho Falls are spearheading the revitalization of the downtown area. The Downtown Development Corporation and the Idaho Falls Chambers of Commerce are also helping to revitalize the city's economy. The City of Boise is also working to improve the quality of life in the city by creating more jobs and economic opportunities for the residents. It has been named one of the top cities in the U.S. to live in by's "City of the Year" award. The award was given to Boise for its efforts to attract more young people to the city in the past few years. It was also named for Idaho Falls for the first time in 2012.


There are three 18-hole golf courses located in Idaho Falls. Each course is 18 holes, all of them having a putting and chipping area. Golf carts are available on all three courses. There are four disc golf courses in and around the city. The courses are located at Sage Lakes, Pinecrest, and Sand Creek Golf Course. They are located in North and South Idaho Falls, respectively. The disc golf course at Sand Creek is located in the Central Idaho Falls area. The course is located at the base of the Idaho Falls Dam. It is located on the banks of the Snake River, which flows into the Idaho River. The Snake River runs through the center of Idaho Falls and is a popular destination for golfers in the area. There is also a golf course in the town of Boise, which is located to the north of the city and is known for its golf courses. The Idaho Falls Golf Course is located near the city's downtown area. It has an 18- hole course and a putting area, as well as a chipping and putting area.


Idaho Falls is home to eight public high schools, four public middle schools, and 26 public elementary schools. Voters approved a measure in May 2017 to transition EITC into Eastern Idaho's only community college. A satellite campus called University Place features dual enrollment for students in Idaho State University and Moscow-based University of Idaho. Idaho Falls and Skyline compete in a rival football game called the Emotion Bowl. Each year, after the game, the winning team and its fans traditionally paint the goalposts of the stadium in their school colors (orange for Idaho Falls, blue for Skyline). Bonneville and Hillcrest participate in a similar event known as the Civil War. It is also served by four public charter schools and three private schools. The city is served by two school districts: Idaho Falls School District #91 andBonneville Joint school District #93. It also has a handful of private schools, including Idaho Falls Charter School and Idaho Falls Christian School. The town has a population of 1.2 million people (as of the 2010 U.S. Census), making it one of the largest cities in the state. It has a GDP of $1.3 billion (or $7.2 billion in today's dollars) and a per-capita population of 2.1 million (or 2.7 million in 2013). The city has an unemployment rate of 0.7%. It is the state's second-largest city, after Pocatello, Idaho, with 1.4 million residents.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho = 86. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 44. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 80. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Idaho Falls = 4.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 64,818 individuals with a median age of 33 age the population grows by 6.33% in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,700.75 residents per square mile of area (1,011.75/km²). There are average 2.55 people per household in the 20,801 households with an average household income of $48,085 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.40% of the available work force and has dropped -3.87% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 25.86%. The number of physicians in Idaho Falls per 100,000 population = 214.9.


The annual rainfall in Idaho Falls = 12.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 28.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 82. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 74, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho which are owned by the occupant = 65.35%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 37 years with median home cost = $144,940 and home appreciation of -7.61%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.35 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,604 per student. There are 23.5 students for each teacher in the school, 741 students for each Librarian and 474 students for each Counselor. 8.06% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 18.93% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.19% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Idaho Falls's population in Bonneville County, Idaho of 1,262 residents in 1900 has increased 51,36-fold to 64,818 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.19% female residents and 49.81% male residents live in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho.

    As of 2020 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho are married and the remaining 39.45% are single population.

  • 20.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Idaho Falls require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.06% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.84% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 5.75% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.66% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho, 65.35% are owner-occupied homes, another 28.82% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.83% are vacant.

  • The 71.96% of the population in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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