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3 College Student

Local Area: Pocatello is a pretty small town, and sometimes it' a great thing. But it can be hard to find something to do in your spare time, the recreation isn't all that great and neither are the activities. The mall is okay for a small town but it's not grand.

4 College Senior

Local Area: It's a great town and the people are fabulous!

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2 College Sophomore

Local Area: Pocatello is an awful town. It's very rundown. There isn't much to do. But again, I don't live there so I don't know about all the activities that go on. But from what I do know, there isn't much available. Besides school related activities.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: We have skiing, nature areas, clubs, all kids of sports options, and much more to do here

4 College Junior

Local Area: It seems that Pocatello only builds restaurants and never any attractions which is kind of sad because this could be a cool place to live if there were more things to do. If you like the outdoors then there are many things to do if you have the time and money to drive to more remote locations. It is a surprise the local mall is still standing. Most people do their shopping in towns around Pocatello such as Idaho Falls and Boise.


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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 51 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 53 responses

  • 6% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 30% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 34% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 17% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 13% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 52 responses

  • 17% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 27% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 56% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 52 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 31% No way.



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