Pocatello is known as the “Gateway to the Northwest.”
Pioneers, gold miners and settlers traveled the Oregon Trail and they passed through the Portneuf Gap south of town. Stage and freight lines and the railroad soon followed, turning our community into a trade center and transportation junction.
It is a city located in Bannock County, with a small portion in neighboring Power County, in southeastern Idaho. It is a scenic and small city at an elevation of 4,462 feet above sea level. The Pocatello Regional Airport provides daily flights of a major airline. The population as of 2013 is 54,350. Chubbuck adjoins Pocatello on the North with a 2013 population of 14,125. The city is the county seat of Bannock County and the home of Idaho State University. Major employers include Idaho State University, ON Semiconductors, Amy’s Kitchen and Simplot Fertilizer.
Founded as an important stop on the first railroad in Idaho during the gold rush, the city later became an important center for agriculture. It is located along the Portneuf River where it emerges from the mountains onto the Snake River Plain, along the route of the Oregon Trail. The name comes from Chief Pocatello, a chief of the Shoshoni who granted the right-of-way for the railroad across the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The unemployment rate is historically below the U.S. average. The average commute time is about half the U.S. average.
Pocatello is #14 in cost of doing business according to Forbes Magazine.
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