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Overview

Introduction to Pocatello, Idaho

Pocatello, Idaho, in Bannock county, is located 443 miles NW of Denver, Colorado. There are approximately 51,466 people in the city.

Pocatello History

Pocatello was originally inhabited by the Shoshoni and Bannock Indians. In fact, the city was named after a Shoshoni chief. The area was first settled by the Europeans in the early 19th century. Fort Hall, which is located in the north of the present day city of Pocatello, was established 1834, by a U.S. fur trader called Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth. Gold was discovered in Idaho in 1860, which brought a large wave of U.S. settlers in Pocatello. It is the county seat of Bannock County, which was founded on March 6, 1893.

Pocatello and nearby Attractions

  • Bannock County Historical Museum
  • Pocatello Zoo
  • Idaho Museum of Natural History
  • Fort Hall
  • Westwood Mall

Things To Do In Pocatello

Pocatello is home to more than 30 parks including the Freckleton Park, Bonneville Park, Scardino Park, and Fairview Park. The Bannock County Historical Museum and Idaho Museum of Natural History are also nearby. At the Pocatello Zoo, one can see all the native species of animals and birds of the Rocky Mountains. Nordic Skiing and snowmobiling can be enjoyed at the Mink Creek Nordic Ski Complex, Scout Mountain - Mink Creek, and at the Pebble Creek Ski Area. The Pocatello Mall and Westwood Mall are the local shopping centers.

Pocatello Transportation

Pocatello Regional Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Pocatello Higher Education

Idaho State University is located in the city. Ricks College, Weber State University, and Utah State University also offer opportunities for higher studies.

People

Total Population 54,549
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 24,370
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 47%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $26,430
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,940

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,861
% Above Poverty Level 78.1%
% Below Poverty Level 21.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $616
Median House Value $133,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.1%
US/American 0%
English 18.1%
Irish 7.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pocatello Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 443 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Bannock
Standard Zip Codes 83201, 83202, 83204
P.O. Box Zip Codes 83203, 83205, 83206
Company Zip Codes 83209
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.871
Longitude -112.444

Pocatello Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station POCATELLO RGNL AP
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 59 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 62 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station FORT HALL 1 NNE
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 31 to 57 F
Jul Temp 49 to 84 F
Oct Temp 30 to 61 F
Annual Precip 12 inches
Station MINIDOKA DAM
Distance 55.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 60 F
Jul Temp 54 to 88 F
Oct Temp 34 to 65 F
Annual Precip 9.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pocatello, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Hall Indian Reservation (83203)

Gibson (83203)

Tyhee (83201)

Westwood Village (83201)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aberdeen 2,046 $43,750
American Falls 4,380 $43,053
Blackfoot 11,843 $52,455
Chubbuck 14,224 $60,528
Inkom 894 $53,295
McCammon 630 $46,964

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pocatello Public Libraries

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Marshall Public
113 S GARFIELD
Pocatello, Idaho
(208) 232-1263

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Pocatello Hospitals

PORTNEUF MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
651 MEMORIAL DRIVE
(208) 239-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pocatello High Schools

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HIGHLAND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1800 BENCH ROAD
208-237-1300
Serves 1,400 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

POCATELLO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
325 NORTH ARTHUR AVENUE
208-233-2056
Serves 1,101 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL
3255 NORTH OLD HIGHWAY 91
208-478-6863
Serves 1,076 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

NEW HORIZONS HIGH SCHOOL (ALT)
10714 NORTH FAIRGROUNDS RD
208-232-7119
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

POCATELLO TEEN PARENTING PROG.
108 VON ELM LANE
208-237-7660
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

FAMILY TREATMENT PROM-UNIT FUN
2055 GARRETT WY BLDG 1 STE1
208-235-2811
A Special Education School
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

POCATELLO JUVENILE DETENTION
137 SOUTH FIFTH AVENUE
208-234-1080
A Non-traditional School
Serves 5 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

GATEWAY PROFESSIONAL-TECHNICAL CENTER
3115 POLE LINE ROAD
208-235-3243
A Vocational School

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