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Area Information for New Residents Part 1

Area Information for New Residents

If you’re relocating to Idaho, we can help you as you research your options. InterWest Mortgage is located in Idaho Falls, and there are many cities close around us that could be excellent options for your landing pad. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing offering Idaho Falls and the surrounding towns and cities have to offer.

Ammon: If you’re looking for calm yet lively, Ammon may be a great option. The population is around 16,000, and the median income is a little over $64,000 with the average home value hitting around $206,000. Ammon has good marks with a higher-educated population and excels in nationwide non-STEM competitions. Most residents own their homes here, and there are many locally owned coffee shops and kid-friendly parks in the area. At just over 5 miles from Idaho Falls, it’s only about a 12-minute commute.

Blackfoot: A town full of character and history, Blackfoot is home to about 12,000 residents. This town is unique in some very cool ways and is attractive to a younger crowd, with the median age around 31. The typical family consists of three to four members, and about 53% of the town is married. Property taxes are generally low in this town, and cost of living is great. Blackfoot is considered the “potato capital of the world” because it has the largest potato industry in any one area, and you can even find the Idaho Potato Museum here containing the largest potato chip in the world.

Driggs: Many residents consider Driggs to have a suburban-rural mix feel. The population is quite small with about 2,300 people. Enjoy incredible skiing/snowboarding in the winter and fly fishing or mountain biking in the warmer months. Set in Teton Country, the view of the mountain range is nothing short of extraordinary. Driggs is an affordable town but does have a higher median home average than some of these other cities at about $593,000. Enjoy the annual winter carnival and their old-fashioned rodeo.

Idaho Falls: Our charming hometown has about 64,400 people. It’s a good option for families and receives high scores for diversity, nightlife, weather, and outdoor options. Idaho Falls features a 600-foot-wide waterfall, and the Snake River runs straight through it with a 10-mile paved riverwalk. Enjoy outdoor concerts in the summer, various festivals year-round, and frequenting the historic downtown area for shopping and restaurants.

Island Park: With less than 200 permanent residents, Island Park is the perfect landing spot for those looking for peace, beauty, and serenity. However, thousands of tourists pass through the town every year to see the longest Main Street in the US or to get to Yellowstone National Park. The median price for a home here is around $275,000, with homeownership at almost 100%. Many people in the area work in retail, arts, entertainment, and/or recreation. Island Park is close to the popular West Yellowstone entrance and is about 80 miles from Idaho Falls.

We’re just getting started! Be sure to check out Part 2 of this blog series to hear about the amazing communities in Pocatello, Rexburg, Rigby, Shelley, and Victor.