Relocating to a new state can be intimidating, but don’t worry. We’re here to guide you. If you haven’t read Part 1 of our blog series (which discusses Ammon, Blackfoot, Driggs, Idaho Falls, and Island Park communities) be sure to check it out before diving into Part 2 here. Let’s continue exploring the options of some of our other neighboring towns.
Pocatello: The fifth largest city in Idaho, Pocatello has about 57,000 people. It’s home to Idaho State University and is called “The Gateway to the Northwest.” The Portneuf River, a 124-mile-long tributary to the Snake River, runs through the southeast portion of the city. Enjoy a large complex that includes a replica of Fort Hall from the Oregon Trail days, the Bannock County Historical Museum, the Pocatello Zoo, historic Old Town Pocatello, and much more. Its about 52 miles from Idaho Falls, and you drive through beautiful Blackfoot on the way.
Rexburg: Home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg boasts a bustling and vibrant cultural scene, filled with community events and activities. Every July, Rexburg’s Main Street hosts the Idaho International Summerfest, attracting competitors and spectators from around the globe. About 35,300 people call Rexburg home, and it’s a great place for many outdoor activities, including nationally known St. Anthony Sand Dunes. An LDS temple, nature and water parks, kids discovery center, and more family fun options are located here.
Rigby: A thriving downtown center with a picturesque main street, Rigby is a cute place to settle down. With just under 5,000 people, Rigby has a low poverty and crime rate and ranks well with livability costs. Rigby is a family-friendly community, and most locals are highly involved in community activities. There is a lovely golf course, and the annual stampede is well regarded.
Shelley: Located just 10 miles south of Idaho Falls, Shelley residents enjoy a hometown feel with a relaxed environment. This town has hosted the Idaho Annual Spud Day every year since 1927. About 5,300 people call Shelley home, with over 68% of the population owning their own homes. There is a good mix of age groups in the area, and the median household income is around $65,000.
Victor: This beautiful city with about 2,200 people has become a trendy hotspot foroutdoor enthusiasts to settle down. The easy-going vibe is home to plenty of sporting options, the Teton Springs Resort, and numerous community events throughout the year. Weekly music fests along main street and Independence Day celebrations are favorites among locals and tourists. Victor’s cost of living is on the higher end for Idaho communities, with the average home price above $800,000. But the beauty of the town is certainly a draw.
Idaho Falls and these surrounding cities are hot spots for many people to settle because they are all set within a few hours from two major National Parks: Yellowstone and Teton. The options for outdoor activities are abundant, and the community engagement is appealing to many families. If you need to relocate to Idaho and you have questions about the area, please reach out to one of our local experts for more information.