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Overview

Introduction to Blackfoot, Idaho

Blackfoot, Idaho, in Bingham county, is 22 miles N of Pocatello, Idaho (center to center) and 449 miles NW of Denver, Colorado.

Blackfoot History

Blackfoot was named by the traders and trappers of the Hudson's Bay Company, who crossed the area in 1818. They met with the Indians with the blackened footwear, which was caused by wildfires that occurred in the area in 1812. They referred to them as the 'Blackfoot Crowd.' In 1874, the first general store was opened by Major Danilson and Fredrick S. Stevenson. A post office was established on October 10, 1878. On November 10, 1878, railway track was laid through the town. On March 20, 1879, the area was renamed to Blackfoot. It became the county seat of the newly formed Bingham County on January 13, 1885.

Blackfoot and nearby Attractions

  • Bingham County Historical Museum
  • Idaho Potato Museum
  • Fort Hall
  • Jensens Lake

Things To Do In Blackfoot

Tourists can visit the Idaho Potato Museum and the Bingham County Historical Museum. The Jenson Grove Park, Jenson's Lake, and the Airport Park are also worth visiting. Every year, Blackfoot hosts several recreational events and special programs like the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

Blackfoot Transportation

Pocatello Regional Airport is nearby.

Blackfoot Higher Education

Idaho State University, Ricks College, Utah State University, and Weber State University offer opportunity for higher education to the residents.

People

Total Population 11,843
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,530
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 52.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $26,783
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,970
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,922

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,455
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $625
Median House Value $123,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 8.1%

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

Blackfoot Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles N of Pocatello, Idaho (center to center)
Nearest Large City 449 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Bingham
Standard Zip Codes 83221
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.19
Longitude -112.344

Blackfoot 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 BLACKFOOT 1 SE
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 31 to 59 F
Jul Temp 50 to 85 F
Oct Temp 32 to 62 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches
Station FORT HALL 1 NNE
Distance 10.4 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 MCCAMMON
Distance 38.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 32 to 58 F
Jul Temp 50 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 62 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Groveland (83221)

Riverside (83221)

Rockford (83221)

Rose (83221)

Taber (83221)

Thomas (83221)

Thomas Junction (83221)

Wapello (83221)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Basalt 344 $35,000
Chubbuck 14,224 $60,528
Firth 462 $53,125
Pocatello 54,549 $53,861
Shelley 4,404 $51,651

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

Blackfoot Public Libraries

Library
Blackfoot Public/blackfoot Rural District
129 N BROADWAY
Blackfoot, Idaho
(208) 785-8628
Snake River School/community
924 W HWY 39
Blackfoot, Idaho
(208) 684-3063

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Blackfoot Hospitals

MOUNTAIN RIVER BIRTHING & SURGERY CENTER
(Proprietary)
350 NORTH MERIDIAN
(208) 782-0300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Blackfoot High Schools

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BLACKFOOT HIGH SCHOOL
870 SOUTH FISHER AVENUE
208-785-8810
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,133 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

SNAKE RIVER HIGH SCHOOL
922 WEST HIGHWAY 39
208-684-3061
Serves 606 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

IDAHO LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
102 N 900 W
208-684-9696
A Charter School.
Serves 141 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 48.6

INDEPENDENCE ALTERNATE HIGH
155 EAST FRANCIS STREET
208-785-8825
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 126 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

STATE HOSPITAL SOUTH
EAST ALICE STREET
208-785-1200
A Special Education School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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