Idaho Falls, located in the Snake River Plain, is an important cultural and economic hub to all of eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. With a population of about 60,000, it is the seat of Bonneville County and the largest city in Eastern Idaho. The city's River Walk runs along miles of the Snake River which flows through the center of the town. Due to its proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, along with many outdoor recreation and cultural venues, Idaho Falls has become a tourist destination and has also been recognized by Inc. Magazine as on of the Top 10 “Hottest Small Cities”. CNN/Money called Idaho Falls one of the Top 100 Cities in the USA, and Where To Retire Magazine recently listed it as one of their “8 Invigorating Outdoorsy Towns. Photo of IdahoFalls courtesy of Wikipedia and ARLittleRock, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/
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Idaho Falls offers several neighborhoods and many housing choices including active adult communities (see link at left). Zillow reports the median home value to be $238,587 in early 2020, and calls it a "Very Hot" market at this time.
What Is Special about Idaho Falls
Idaho Falls offers arts, cultural and sporting events, a riverwalk, and many summer and winter outdoor activities. It is also home to a symphony orchestra, a minor league baseball team, medical facilities, a walkable downtown, a technical college, three golf courses and a zoo.
What Is Not Special about Idaho Falls
Winters are cold; the nearest international airport is 200 miles away
Who Will Like Retirement in Idaho Falls
Retirees who are looking for a mid-size city that is considered more conservative than liberal, and offers a low cost of living, a low crime rate, and health care facilities may enjoy living here. Idaho Falls also boast outdoor recreation, easy access to Yellowstone National Park, volunteer opportunities, and is home to Eastern Idaho Technical College which offers a variety of courses for seniors. (There is also a regional airport here so snowbirds can get away for the winter.)
Local Economy Is Driven by
The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), an internationally renowned nuclear research center remains a major economic engine, and the surrounding farmlands raise potatoes and wheat, two crops that are most responsible for the area's agricultural industry. Idaho Falls is also the location of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental laboratory.
Climate and Physical Environment
Winters here can be harsh, although locals say all you need is a good 4-wheel drive vehicle. January's average temperature is just 19 degrees and July's average is 70 degrees. The average snowfall amount is 37 inches.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The city boasts a historic downtown with antiques shops, art galleries and coffee houses, and offers a walking tour of historic downtown buildings and the first residential homes built here. The Museum of Idaho is the largest in the state, and the Idaho Falls Art Museum and the Colonial Theater provide exhibits and productions. Idaho Falls is also home to the Chukars, a minor league baseball team affilated with the Kansas City Royals.
The crime rate here is a bit lower than the national average.
Eatern Idaho Regional Medical Center is located here, along with a VA Community Clinic.
There is a regional airport in Idaho Falls, but the nearest large international airport is over 200 miles away in Salt Lake City.
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