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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Pocatello, Idaho?

Overview:   Part of the pretty Portneuf Valley in southeastern Idaho, Pocatello got its start as a gold mining town in the 1860s. The Bannock Mountains are to the south, and 56,000-acre American Falls Reservoir is eight miles to the west, making this a popular place with outdoor adventurers.

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Home to Idaho State University (15,000 students), Pocatello is a quiet, peaceful city. It is neatly laid out, with tidy neighborhoods having mostly ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. Old Town Pocatello has cafes, antique stores and sponsors summer concerts, haunted history tours, and a farmers' market. Restaurants are mostly casual-dining chains, but there are two dinner theaters. Residents enjoy the Idaho Civic Symphony and basketball games at the University's Holt Arena. Museums include the Fort Hall Replica and the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Museum. The beautiful L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at ISU hosts all kinds of musical acts. Ross Park has a zoo and an aquatic park.

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Pocatello manages over 25 parks, several recreation centers and two public golf courses. The Portneuf Greenway follows the river and crosses through Old Town. The Mink Creek Nordic Ski Complex has groomed trails for cross country skiing. Downhill skiers can commute to the Pebble Creek ski area. Fort Hall Casino is just 14 miles away.

Population:  55,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  32%

Cost of Living:  12% below the national average

Median Home Price: $128,000  

Climate:   This area sits at 4,844 feet above sea level and has a semi-arid, four season climate.   Summer days are hot and dry with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.  Winters are cold with temperatures in the single digits, teens and 20s.  On average, the area receives 50 inches of snow and 12 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?   Yes

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

Is Idaho Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The earthquake risk is 189% higher than the national average, and the air quality is below the national average.

Notes:   Fifty percent of the population identifies as Mormon.  The city has little racial diversity.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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