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Retire in Pocatello, Idaho?
Overview: Part of the pretty Portneuf Valley in southeastern Idaho, Pocatello got its start as a gold mining town in the 1860s. The Bannock Mountains are to the south, and 56,000-acre American Falls Reservoir is eight miles to the west, making this a popular place with outdoor adventurers.
Home to Idaho State University (15,000 students), Pocatello is a quiet, peaceful city. It is neatly laid out, with tidy neighborhoods having mostly ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. Old Town Pocatello has cafes, antique stores and sponsors summer concerts, haunted history tours, and a farmers' market. Restaurants are mostly casual-dining chains, but there are two dinner theaters. Residents enjoy the Idaho Civic Symphony and basketball games at the University's Holt Arena. Museums include the Fort Hall Replica and the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum. The beautiful L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at ISU hosts all kinds of musical acts. Ross Park has a zoo and an aquatic park.
Pocatello manages over 25 parks, several recreation centers and two public golf courses. The Portneuf Greenway follows the river and crosses through Old Town. The Mink Creek Nordic Ski Complex has groomed trails for cross country skiing. Downhill skiers can commute to the Pebble Creek ski area. Fort Hall Casino is just 14 miles away.
Population: 55,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 32%
Cost of Living: 12% below the national average
Median Home Price: $148,000
Climate: This area is at 4,844 feet above sea level and has a semi-arid, four season climate. Summer days are hot and dry with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters are cold with temperatures in the single digits, teens and 20s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of snow and 12 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Idaho Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The earthquake risk is 190% higher than the national average.
Notes: Fifty percent of the population identifies as Mormon. The city has little racial diversity.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named by the eccentric lobbyist George M. Willing, Idaho was one of the last regions in the lower 48 to be explored by Europeans. The Lewis and Clark expedition entered the area through Lemhi Pass in 1805. Trappers and fur traders soon followed.
The Gem State encompasses mountain ranges, river gorges, and lakes. Boise, its capital, is set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is halved by a river. Weather can be as variable as the landscape. Maritime influences moderate winter temperatures in the west. The east can experience lower temperatures, wetter summers, and drier winters.
Manufacturing has become the state's main economic driver. Idaho is still a major producer of cattle, potatoes, and trout. Even though mining has faded in importance, Idaho continues to extract gold, silver, molybdenum, as well as 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Sun Valley has nurtured the state's newest industry - tourism.
Famous Idaho natives include writers Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound along with Olympians Pikabo Street and Dick Fosbury.
Population - 1,683,140
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 12%
White persons, not Hispanic - 82%
Median household income - $47,583
Median home value - $162,930
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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