Local Atmosphere

Pocatello, ID
Tuition (in-state)
$17,870 ($6,070)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are not many attractions here but there are some. There are many other cities close by that people can drive to to meet their needs. The shopping is not that great, but everyone here seems to be really nice.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is pretty good. Almost everyone is friendly. There really aren't that many attractions but there are plenty of walking paths and parks for activities. The shopping is decent. I don't find myself lacking in anything. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in and watch sports. Our basketball, soccer, and softball teams aren't half bad!! I haven't met with locals that are upset or angry with student presence in Pocatello.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town that my university is located in is a medium sized town. We are relatively close to other big towns as well. If you are an outdoors man, then Pocatello is the place for you. Our university goes on many trips down the river, rock climbing, biking and many other outdoor adventures.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is pretty good. There is a lot of outdoor activities to do since we are nestled in the mountainous area. I love all the hiking, biking, and beautiful scenery's that are available here

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The community is really reaching out to the University to blend together the cultures. A lot of local retailers are happy to accept college student employees and customers while even providing discounts. This is one of the best possible places you could go if you love the outdoors, the outdoors surround campus and the campus provides a lot of opportunities to utilize the outdoor facilities.


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Eryn Lowe
Communications/TV Broadcasting
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Pocatello is what someone might call a tight-knit community. The Pocatello people are just that—Pocatello people. They have grown up here, graduated from high school, and remained here. It is an old town. There is actually part of the city called "Old Town Pocatello," with boutiques and old street lights, but the people are sure proud of it. The city motto has been known as "Proud to be Pocatello." This atmosphere definitely spills over onto the campus, giving it a community feel. Due to the surrounding towns, the Pocatello area does offer a wide variety of activities and fun for students including hiking, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, and boating, all within a two-hour drive.

The only problem is that there is not a lot to do without driving half an hour or more. In-town choices are limited to bowling, roller skating, and going to the movies. The Pocatello city council has set a high business standard—and cost to build here—with hopes to bring better businesses. Instead, businesses do not come. This makes Pocatello an old town with not a lot of change. On the other hand, the Chubbuck area, a suburb of Pocatello, is growing dramatically, with many new retail stores. So growth could be coming, and it will definitely affect college life for students.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Pocatello has a four-season climate. It's sunny, warm, and dry on most days, and less than 15 inches of precipitation fall per year.
  2. Forbes Magazine ranked Pocatello "8th Best Place for Business and Careers" among small areas (populations below 177,000).
  3. If you were a Southeastern Idaho resident, you could leave work at 5 p.m. today and be on the ski slopes, at the golf course, or next to your favorite trout stream by 6!
  4. The Pocatello area is rich with the history of the Old West.
  5. The city once had a system of underground tunnels, which were home to illegal gambling parlors.
Notable Natives
  • Billie Bird – actress ("Home Alone," "Sixteen Candles")
  • Merril Hoge – former NFL running back, ESPN analyst
Local Slang
Gosh!: OK—pretty much anything from "Napoleon Dynamite."
Points of Interest
  • Fort Hall Replica
  • Idaho Museum of Natural History
  • Jackson Hole
  • Lava Hot Springs
  • Park City
  • Pebble Creek Ski Area
  • Pocatello Zoo
  • Portneuf River
  • Snake River
  • Yellowstone National Park
Shopping Centers
Pine Ridge Mall
Movie Theaters
Carmike 7 - Chubbuck
4031 Poleline Rd.
(208) 238-1389
Movie Theaters
Reel Theater - Pocatello
310 E. Oak St.
(208) 233-2300
Major Sports Teams
Idaho Falls Chukars: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boise: ID: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Salt Lake City: UT: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 43 responses

  • 16% Painfully remote.
  • 21% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 30% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 26% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 7% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 44 responses

  • 52% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 27% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 20% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 30% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 20% Totally.



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