February features the annual State of the Cities luncheon event, focusing on addresses from the Mayors’ of Bonneville County. Each year this event provides an opportunity for our community to hear from the Mayors’ as they recap highlights from the previous year, bring attention to things to look for in the coming year, and acts as a general overview for the “state” of each city. What comes to mind when wondering about the state of our cities? The company Livability, which the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce has previously partnered with, is a national business that explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live. For Bonneville County, some interesting facts recently gathered were:
The top industry in Bonneville County is the offices of physicians with 2.2% of all workers employed in this sector. Other leading employment sectors include offices of dentists, services for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and other individual and family services. There are 15,164 business establishments in Bonneville County with fewer than 10 employees, 4,152 business have between 10 and 50 employees, 702 have between 50 and 250, and 84 businesses have more than 250 employees.
Bonneville County has an unemployment rate of 7.23%, and a total employment number of 33,318 people.
About 74% of homeowners and 48% of renters pay less than 30% of their incomes toward housing expenses. 84% of homes in Idaho Falls were built after 1990. 64% of all housing units in Idaho Falls have three bedrooms or more.
The median home value is $147,800. 75% of homes cost less than $200,000.
There are 32 public elementary schools, 4 public middle schools and 10 public high schools that serve Idaho Falls. The public schools in Idaho Falls are split between the Bonneville Joint District, Idaho Falls District, Swan Valley Elementary District, Monticello Montessori Charter School, White Pine Charter School, and Taylor’s Crossing Charter School Districts.
While these are all good and interesting statistics for our community to showcase when attracting new visitors and residents to our area, it is not an all-inclusive list that describes the complete state of our cities. Want to hear and learn about more? Join us at the February State of the Cities luncheon to hear from our local community leaders as they educate and inform our Chamber membership and business community about the state of our cities.