Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. As the regional epi-center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is rapidly attracting small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Idaho Falls is a clean and prosperous community with friendly residents. This city offers something for a variety of interests, no matter the weather or the season. With year-round activities, recreational opportunities, and excellent schools, it is no wonder that so many view Idaho Falls as an attractive place to live.
Teton Valley is located on the west side of the famous Tetons. When you live in Teton Valley you wake every morning to the pristine beauty of the Teton & Big Hole mountain ranges. Whatever the season, the beauty that surrounds you will make you happy to call Teton Valley home. Teton Valley is a safe and welcoming place with lots to do! World-class powder skiing and snowmobiling, horseback riding, fly fishing, golf, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, rafting, hunting and much, much more are available in the area.
Rexburg is America’s Family Community, offering new opportunities for visitors and residents alike. As the population increases, Rexburg grows and enhances employment, education, and recreation opportunities while maintaining a great ‘small town’ feel. This area is well-known for its seasonal changes and beauty; providing a variety in life.
When compared to other cities and metro areas of the West, Eastern Idaho’s cost of living is generally lower. For necessities such as groceries, housing, health care, utilities and transportation, costs in Eastern Idaho are often 20 to 50 percent less than in other areas. For example, the average home in Idaho Falls is priced at $133,814, while in Los Angeles and Denver the average home prices are $853,900 and $353,064, respectively. Other advantages to living in Eastern Idaho are low crime rates, a four season climate, strong educational system, first class health care system, variety of diverse recreational activities, and nonexistent commute times.
Idaho State University
ISU serves students throughout Eastern Idaho from two campus locations, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. ISU offers certificates as well as associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees from seven different colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Technology.
Located in Idaho Falls, University Place offers classes from both Idaho State University and University of Idaho. University Place provides educational opportunities for recent high school graduates, working adults, and INL employees seeking advancement.
Brigham Young University - Idaho
BYUI is a private university directed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Recently transformed into a 4 year university offering integrated bachelor’s degrees that provide a broader spectrum of educational experiences. BYUI’s vast academic offerings are spread across six colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business and Communication, Education and Human Development, Language and Letters, Performing and Visual Arts, and Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Eastern Idaho Technical College
EITC, located in the heart of Idaho Falls, provides high quality educational programs that focus on the needs of the community for the 21st century. EITC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The College offers technical programs, customized industry training, basic skills instruction, workforce and community education, on-line distance education, and student services.
Local School Districts
School districts throughout the region strive to exceed state standards for accreditation. The results: schools throughout Eastern Idaho, from elementary through high school, repeatedly receive "merit" or "exemplary" status, according to Northwest accreditation standards. In addition to effectively addressing core competencies and scholastic achievement, the school districts in Eastern Idaho make available to students a wide range of elective courses and extracurricular activities that help create well-rounded individuals.
Eastern Idaho offers a variety of recreational activities for all ages and interests. From a day of fishing or an evening of fine dining and chamber music, entertainment in Eastern Idaho is abundant and diverse.
Grand Targhee Ski Resort
The best powder skiing in North America, according to Ski magazine. The 2000 acre resort proudly records approximately 500 inches of powder a year. Summer activities at the resort, coupled with privacy, a spa, and ample lodging make Grand Targhee a popular getaway year-round. Other ski resorts in the area include Kelly Canyon, Pebble Creek, Jackson Hole, and Sun Valley.
Yellowstone National Park
America’s oldest and largest national park is located 110 miles north of Idaho Falls. Yellowstone encompasses 2.2 million acres of scenic beauty and is home to a large variety of wildlife. Enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and boating in this extraordinary land rich with hot springs, paint pots, geysers, canyons, rivers, waterfalls, and Old Faithful. The region is also home to Grand Teton National Park, several national forests, and Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Idaho Falls Cultural District
Within the boundaries of downtown Idaho Falls are a collection of cultural facilities including the Willard Arts Center/Colonial Theater, the Museum of Idaho, the Eagle Rock Art Museum, Actors Repertory Theatre of Idaho, and, of course, the Idaho Falls Public Library. Other important ingredients in the cultural district are its commercial art galleries, glass and ceramic studios, dance studios, the Centre Theater, which shows independent films, and Chesbro Music Company with the largest offering of printed music in the west. Delightful public art, the beautiful Snake River with the falls, downtown gift shops, antique stores, fine restaurants, a farmer's market, and summer events make this a fine cultural experience.
Eastern Idaho communities are full of parks and playgrounds and both Idaho Falls and Pocatello have municipal zoos. The region is also home to numerous championship golf courses, both world-class resorts and municipal gems. These courses are sure to both delight and challenge either the avid or recreational golfer. Whether you like fishing, hunting, white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, backpacking, or just plain sightseeing, outdoor recreation abounds in Idaho.