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.