Located on the Snake River at the western edge of the Rocky Mountains Idaho Falls is one of the fastest growing cities in Eastern Idaho. It features all the amenities and comforts of larger cities but still retains the spirit and warmth of a all American small town.
From it’s very beginning, business has played a large role in the life and growth of Idaho Falls as in 1904 the Idaho Falls Commercial Club was founded as one of the very first busines organizations in the area. Today Idaho Falls continues to be a major business area for the Eastern side of the Gem State for private business as well as for government business like the Idaho National Laboratory that was established in 1949.
In May 2006, Inc. magazine ranked Idaho Falls eighth on its list of “Hottest Small Cities” in the U.S. based on the region’s job growth rate over the prior 10 years. Idaho Falls was also listed #2 on MSN Real Estate’s list of top ten best smaller cities in America, in terms of job prospects, quality of life and cost of living.
In addition to business,Idaho Falls has established itself as a regional cultural destination. The Willard Art Center, The Colonial Theatre and Civic Auditorium are home to year-round, diverse musical concerts, plays, and events. Other community events, such as the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, the Roaring Youth Jam, and the Farmers’ Market, among others are held along the cities popular Greenbelt area.
The Museum of Idaho is a wonderful attraction which showcases local artifacts and history, as well as bringing in major traveling exhibits such as dinosaur bones, Gutenberg Bibles, Titanic remnants, and more.
Despite struggles early on Downtown Idaho Falls has been revitalized in recent
years due to the efforts of local business owners, the City of Idaho Falls, and other organizations such as the Downtown Development Corporation and the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. Today it features a wide variety of locally owned shops, restaurants, venues, and galleries
Idaho Falls also attracts many tourists visiting nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Jackson Hole, and the world-class fishing on the Snake River. Due to its proximity to so many outdoor destinations, Idaho Falls was recently named to National Geographic’s list of “100 Best Adventure Towns”.