Blackfoot, Idaho

By | March 26, 2023

According to TRAVELATIONARY, Blackfoot, Idaho is a small city located in the southeastern part of Idaho. It is surrounded by rolling hills and farmland and lies on the Snake River. The climate in Blackfoot is generally mild, with cold winters and warm summers. The city has a long history, having been founded in 1883 by homesteaders from neighboring states. In recent years, Blackfoot has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists due to its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and other outdoor attractions.

Politically, Blackfoot is a solidly Republican town; the majority of residents are registered Republicans and vote accordingly in local elections. The economy of Blackfoot is largely based on agriculture; it produces potatoes, sugar beets, hay, corn and other crops that are exported throughout the region. There are also several manufacturing companies located here that provide jobs to local residents.

The schools in Blackfoot are highly rated; they offer students a variety of educational opportunities including advanced placement classes and extracurricular activities such as sports and robotics clubs. There are also several private schools located within the city limits that provide an alternative education option for parents who prefer it.

When it comes to landmarks, there are several noteworthy places in Blackfoot worth visiting such as the Snake River Canyon Trail which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape; the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Reservation which provides insight into Native American culture; and The Museum of Idaho which houses artifacts from early settlers as well as exhibits on natural history. Other popular attractions include Bear Lake State Park where visitors can enjoy boating, fishing or camping; Bannock County Historical Museum which showcases artifacts from over 150 years ago; and Fort Hall Replica which gives visitors a glimpse into life during pioneer days.

Population: 10,419. Estimated population in July 2020: 10,828 (+3.9% change)
Males: 5,116 (49.1%), Females: 5,303 (50.9%)

Bingham County

Zip code: 83221

Median resident age: 30.9 years
Median household income: $33,004
Median house value: $74,400

Races in Blackfoot:

  • White Non-Hispanic (82.0%)
  • Hispanic (13.2%)
  • Other race (6.3%)
  • American Indian (3.3%)
  • Two or more races (3.1%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: English (21.9%), German (10.0%), United States (9.0%), Irish (6.1%), Danish (6.1%), Welsh (3.2%).

Elevation: 4498 feet

Land area: 5.4 square miles

Blackfoot, Idaho

Population

Blackfoot, Idaho is a small town in the southeastern portion of the state. It has a population of just over 10,000 people and is located in Bingham County. The town was founded in 1882 and has been a part of Idaho ever since. The majority of the population are white, although there is a small minority population that includes Native Americans, African Americans, Asians and Hispanics. The median household income for Blackfoot residents is around $45,000 per year. The unemployment rate is around 4.6%, which is lower than the national average. Education levels are also higher than average with over 70% of adults having completed at least some college or vocational training.

The housing market in Blackfoot reflects its rural nature with single family homes being the most common type of dwelling unit. Most dwellings are owner-occupied with only 8% being renter-occupied. Over half of all households own two or more vehicles and the majority of households have internet access at home.

Blackfoot residents enjoy many recreational activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, hunting and skiing which are made possible by its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole ski resort. There are plenty of parks for children to play in as well as several golf courses for those who enjoy spending time outdoors on the links. Residents can also find entertainment at local museums, art galleries and theaters which offer live performances throughout the year.

For population 25 years and over in Blackfoot

  • High school or higher: 80.4%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Blackfoot city

  • Never married: 18.9%
  • Now married: 59.8%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 7.2%
  • Divorced: 12.2%

5.7% Foreign born (5.1% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +689 (+7.1%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Blackfoot:

  • BINGHAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (98 POPLAR ST BOX 751)
  • IDAHO STATE HOSPITAL SOUTH (700 EAST ALICE (BOX 400))

Other hospitals/medical centers near Blackfoot:

  • POCATELLO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 23 miles; POCATELLO, ID)
  • PORTNEUF REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 23 miles; POCATELLO, ID)
  • PORTNEUF VALLEY HOSPITAL (about 23 miles; POCATELLO, ID)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Blackfoot:

  • POCATELLO REGIONAL (about 26 miles; POCATELLO, ID; Abbreviation: PIH)
  • IDAHO FALLS RGNL (about 29 miles; IDAHO FALLS, ID; Abbreviation: IDA)
  • JACKSON HOLE (about 116 miles; JACKSON, WY; Abbreviation: JAC)

Other public-use airports nearest to Blackfoot:

  • MCCARLEY FLD (about 2 miles; BLACKFOOT, ID; Abbreviation: U02)
  • ROCKFORD MUNI (about 12 miles; ROCKFORD, ID; Abbreviation: 2U4)
  • MIDWAY (about 37 miles; ATOMIC CITY, ID; Abbreviation: U37)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Blackfoot:

  • IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 38 miles; POCATELLO, ID; Full-time enrollment: 10,057)
  • RICKS COLLEGE (about 61 miles; REXBURG, ID; Full-time enrollment: 8,670)
  • UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (about 111 miles; LOGAN, UT; Full-time enrollment: 16,384)
  • WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY (about 140 miles; OGDEN, UT; Full-time enrollment: 12,112)
  • COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO (about 155 miles; TWIN FALLS, ID; Full-time enrollment: 3,433)
  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH (about 171 miles; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Full-time enrollment: 19,866)
  • SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 176 miles; SALT LAKE CITY, UT; Full-time enrollment: 11,896)

Schools

Public high schools in Blackfoot:

  • BLACKFOOT HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,133; Location: 870 SOUTH FISHER AVENUE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • SNAKE RIVER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 606; Location: 922 WEST HIGHWAY 39; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • IDAHO LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (Students: 141; Location: 102 N 900 W; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • INDEPENDENCE ALTERNATE HIGH (Students: 126; Location: 155 EAST FRANCIS STREET; Grades: 09 – 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools in Blackfoot:

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 629; Location: 645 MITCHELL ROAD; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • GROVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 329; Location: 170 NORTH 375 WEST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • BLACKFOOT SIXTH GRADE ELEM (Students: 315; Location: 50 SOUTH SHILLING AVENUE; Grades: 06 – 06)
  • RIDGE CREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 313; Location: 800 AIRPORT ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SNAKE RIVER JR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 309; Location: 918 WEST HIGHWAY 39; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • I T STODDARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 299; Location: 460 YORK DRIVE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SNAKE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 299; Location: 1060 WEST 110 SOUTH; Grades: 05 – 06)
  • DONALD D. STALKER ELEMENTARY (Students: 291; Location: 991 WEST CENTER STREET; Grades: PK – 05)
  • IRVING KINDERGARTEN CENTER (Students: 282; Location: 440 WEST JUDICIAL STREET; Grades: PK – KG)
  • ROCKFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 206; Location: 1152 WEST HIGHWAY 39; Grades: KG – 04)

Libraries

Libraries in Blackfoot:

  • BLACKFOOT PL/ BLACKFOOT RURAL DIST (Operating income: $306,630; Location: 129 N BROADWAY; 43,163 books; 1,415 audio materials; 1,523 video materials; 114 serial subscriptions)
  • SNAKE RIVER SCHOOL/COMMUNITY (Operating income: $126,890; Location: 924 W HWY 39; 75,509 books; 1,319 audio materials; 2,583 video materials; 75 serial subscriptions)