Burley, Idaho

Life in Burley, Idaho, explained by people who’ve lived in Burley:

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Burley Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Burley?

  • People are friendly and it’s a small community. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • Small town. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • How close we are to so many beautiful places. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Small town atmosphere. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • Proximity to river and mountains. (Melanie, 46 years)
  • Close to family. (DJ, 56 years)
  • Smaller community. (Mike)

Burley Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Burley?

  • You have to get in a car to go mountain biking. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • Not a lot of options for transportation, or things for young adults to do. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • So small. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Old neighborhoods being rundown. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • Limited shopping. (Melanie, 46 years)
  • Not enough clothing stores. Walmart sucks! (DJ, 56 years)
  • Lack of stuff to do in the winter. (Mike)

Burley Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Burley?

  • Road cycling. Gotta love those country roads :), boating on the river. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • Movies, bowling, golf, boating, fishing. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • Swimming and rock hunting. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • River activities. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • Depends on time of year. (Melanie, 46 years)
  • River activities. (DJ, 56 years)

Burley’s Reputation

What’s Burley known for?

  • I don’t know. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • The Regata boat racing. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • Regatta is the main reason I’ve seen people who don’t live here know about our town. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Snake river. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • The Snake River. (DJ, 56 years)
  • Place to get gas. (Mike)

Burley Crime

What’s the crime like in Burley? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • It’s not bad in the area where I live. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • Below average, I assume. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • Crime isn’t too bad, minus lots of drugs and they aren’t focused in any part of town, they are everywhere. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Getting bad, drugs coming in, I84 corridor for drug running, theives. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • Sketchy on north side of the tracks. (Melanie, 46 years)
  • Some gang activity and a meth transport center. (Mike)

Burley Advice

Any advice for people moving to Burley?

  • Um… (Tanya, 1 year)
  • The best jobs are in factory work, however I am too old to stand 12 hour days. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • Don’t move here if you don’t plan on staying here. Anyone who leaves always ends up coming back. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Get a steady job first. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • Don’t. (DJ, 56 years)
  • Find good friends. (Mike)

Burley Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Burley (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • High school sporting events are always fun to go to. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • Fishing on the river till late at night. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • I’ve lived here most my life, way too many to pick one experience, haha. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Water skiing on river, rodeo, best of all helping neighbors move cows up to summer grazing on Pomerelle mountain. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • Fair time is always fun. (Melanie, 46 years)
  • Boat races and horse races (at fair time) are fun to watch. (DJ, 56 years)

Burley’s Future

How do you think Burley will change over the next 10 years?

  • It’s going to get bigger. Lots of factories. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • I think the housing will grow, hopefully more stores. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • More factories, but other than filling those jobs, I doubt the population will be too dramatically different. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • Hopefully better restaurants, more merchants besides Walmart. (Tammi, 25 years)
  • I hope more retailers come in. (Melanie, 46 years)
  • There’s a lot of new business but not a lot of opportunities for our young people and NOT enough affordable housing!! (DJ, 56 years)
  • Hopefully more good growth. (Mike)

Burley Facts

Any other interesting facts about Burley?

  • No. (Tanya, 1 year)
  • Has an international dance festival every year, a bike meet, car show, fair with rodeo concert, other festivities, is only about an hour away from skiing in the winter. (Donna, 5.5 years)
  • There is a tunnel under Main St in Burley by the theater. (Amanda, 24 years)
  • High number of LDS religious sect, more than any other religion. (Tammi, 25 years)