Pocatello, Idaho

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Pocatello, Idaho: Blogs

Here’s a list of Pocatello blogs and websites written by people who live in Pocatello, or are about Pocatello.

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Pocatello City pocatello.us 2017
Visit Pocatello visitpocatello.com 2017
Pocatello Chamber of Commerce pocatelloidaho.com 2017
Idaho State University isu.edu 2017
Wikipedia Article en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocatello,_Idaho 2017
Pocatello, ID Real Estate zillow.com/pocatello-id 2017
Pocatello, ID City Data city-data.com/city/Pocatello-Idaho 2017
KPVI News kpvi.com/news/local_news 2017
Local News 8 localnews8.com/news/pocatello 2017
Idaho State Journal idahostatejournal.com/news/local 2017

Pocatello, Idaho: Groups

Pocatello Groups On Facebook

  1. Ongoing Yardsale, Pocatello (24,135 members)
  2. Pocatello Classifieds (14,649 members)
  3. You Know You Grew Up In Pocatello When…(8,263 members)
  4. Jobs In Idaho Falls/Pocatello (7,189 members)
  5. Pocatello Classifieds & Online Yard Sale (4,124 members)
  6. Pocatello Pets (3,953 members)
  7. Remember Pocatello, ID When… (3,579 members)
  8. Cheap or Free Stuff In Pocatello, Idaho (2,990 members)
  9. Pocatello, Idaho Artists (576 members)
  10. Jefferson PTO – Pocatello, Idaho Facebook Group (258 members)
  11. Pocatello YSA 7th Ward (125 members)

Other Pocatello Groups, Forums and Events

  1. Pocatello Community Calendars
  2. Pocatello TripAdvisor Forum
  3. Meetup Groups Near Pocatello, Idaho

Pocatello, Idaho: Survey

We’re surveying people about living in Pocatello, ID. Here will be a collection of their responses.

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Pocatello, Idaho: Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Pocatello?

  • I didn’t have one. (Casey, 1 year)
  • How close outdoor activities are. (Scott, 17 years)
  • The people. (Jay, 20 years)
  • The location–great outdoor recreation opportunities surround this town. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • It is home to me, so I guess the people and buddies. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Just being there during the 50’s one high school. It was safe.. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • People care about it looking good. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • Closeness to the outdoors. (Jon, 36 years)
  • I lived in Pocatello 1962 to 2000. We moved to Mesa, AZ in June 2000. Most of the family still lives there and we visit regularly. I like how it’s big enough that you have a lot of shopping, eating, entertainment, etc. options, yet small enough to feel like a real home town. (Lance, 38 years)
  • Family was here. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • Small town, easy to get around. (Cindy, 45 years)
  • The friendly people and access to year round activities. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Friendships. (Louise, 52 years)
  • The land and things to do outside. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Least Favorites

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

  • Everything. Pocatello is the nastiest city this half of the state. (Casey, 1 year)
  • Lack of good-paying jobs. (Scott, 17 years)
  • Windy. (Jay, 20 years)
  • The concrete channel that contains the river as it flows through town. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • That Chiefs Theater wasn’t replaced. (Amie, 31 years)
  • The smell from the factory west of town.. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • Too many drug addicts. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • Wind. (Jon, 36 years)
  • The negativity that a large amount of Poky’s residents seem to exude about their city. I don’t get why people put down the town that they live in. Maybe they think the grass is greener somewhere else. (Lance, 38 years)
  • All the traffic and too many people. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • Small town, no shopping. (Cindy, 45 years)
  • The people are good but there is a lack of acceptance in some instances. Shopping isn’t the best. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Prejudice towards people of a different religion from the majority. (Louise, 52 years)
  • Conservatives against progress. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Pocatello?

  • Get approached by druggies while trying to go through drive throughs. (Casey, 1 year)
  • Hiking, skiing, camping. (Scott, 17 years)
  • Hanging with friends. (Jay, 20 years)
  • Hiking, camping, mountain biking, going to concerts at ISU and downtown, visiting city parks, and the new Wellness Complex, is amazing. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • Fishing, the swimming pool, the zoo, the special park for handicapped kids. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Steakhouse dances, Don’s Arctic Circle, the 24th of July celebrations at Alameda Park.. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • Ross Park outer limits. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • Parks, ride bikes, food, revive @ 5. (Jon, 36 years)
  • Hike, bike, shop, eat, go to a concert, Westside Players, go to a park or the zoo. (Lance, 38 years)
  • Drinking, eating and the four seasons. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • The new Wellness Complex. (Cindy, 45 years)
  • Hike, bike, golf, ski-downhill and nordic. Classes in all subjects. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Spending time with friends. (Louise, 52 years)
  • Dance, bike, hike, xc ski. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Reputation

What’s Pocatello known for?

  • Drugs and a bad flag. (Casey, 1 year)
  • Mini dome. (Scott, 17 years)
  • University. (Jay, 20 years)
  • The railroad through the middle of town. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • Buddy’s restaurant, ISU, the railroad. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Railroad. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • Meth addicts. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • Smiles. (Jon, 36 years)
  • Idaho State University (and UPRR in the not so distant past). (Lance, 38 years)
  • Being dirty. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • Railroad. (Cindy, 45 years)
  • Smile capitol of the world. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Railroad and ISU. (Louise, 52 years)
  • Not having a temple. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Crime

What’s the crime like in Pocatello?

  • Statistically higher then Boise and largely ignored. (Casey, 1 year)
  • It was pretty low when I lived there. (Scott, 17 years)
  • Minimal. (Jay, 20 years)
  • We always feel safe here, although there are neighborhoods I wouldn’t live in. We live by Alameda Park and have good neighbors, quiet streets and not much crime. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • About the same as Ogden. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Minor when I lived there (1940-1974). (Kathy, 34 years)
  • A lot for so small an area. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • There is crime. (Jon, 36 years)
  • Unfortunately it’s been on the rise for several years. A trend that many smaller cities are experiencing in every state across the nation. (Lance, 38 years)
  • Not good! It seems like cops can’t solve the crimes, like murder. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • Pretty low key, but I don’t see the bad stuff. (Cindy, 45 years)
  • I feel safe. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Minimal. (Louise, 52 years)
  • Low, I think. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Advice

Any advice for people moving to Pocatello?

  • Don’t. (Casey, 1 year)
  • Get to know the people, and explore the city. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • Go to old town, there are a lot of really great people. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Get out and meet people- school PTA, church, etc.. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • Just keep stuff locked up. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • Learn about the history. (Jon, 36 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors. Go walking. Shop downtown. You have a plethora of choices from skiing, to boating, to camping, or mountain climbing- all within a pretty short drive from the city as well. (Lance, 38 years)
  • Have an open mind. old fashioned things are better. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • Great place to raise kids. (Cindy, 45 years)
  • Try it, you will like it. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Find a hobby. (Louise, 52 years)
  • Winters are long, find something to do. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Stories

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

  • Four different times I have been approached by people near the college strung out on drugs, asking where the nearest dealer is. (Casey, 1 year)
  • We floated a canoe from Edson Fichter Park down to the concrete channel–which nobody ever does. Quiet, not too tricky, and made me dream of all the river could be if it wasn’t channelized. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • As a teen we all used to drive up and own Main “on the Cruz”. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Sunday afternoons cruising main..seeing everyone at Fred and Kellys.. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • The parades are great. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • I grew up and lived in Pocatello for almost 40 years and somehow survived…:) (Lance, 38 years)
  • Getting busted and getting pregnant and an abortion when in high school. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • Going to ISU, was one of the best experience I’ve had in Pocatello. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Raising my children in Pocatello was great – I lived outside of town, but most of the people in Pocatello have high values. (Louise, 52 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: The Future

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

  • It will get worse, the city tries to keep a clean image and refuses to acknowledge problems with the town for fear of losing college kids. (Casey, 1 year)
  • Big changes coming to the river. They will start adding access points for floaters. I’m so excited for this! (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • It is getting cleaner, more jobs. (Amie, 31 years)
  • Well unfortunately I just see the drug population growing. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • Grow. (Jon, 36 years)
  • It will grow larger. Hopefully ISU can expand at a faster pace. And yes, crime will continue to increase. (Lance, 38 years)
  • It will get bigger and poorer. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • It will continue to grow. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Bring in more industry and businesses that will help the economy. (Louise, 52 years)
  • More people, more strip malls. (Eric, 65 years)

Pocatello, Idaho: Other Facts

Any other interesting facts about Pocatello?

  • There’s an interesting historical background concerning Irish and Asian imigrants working for the railroad. You can even find the separated parts of old cemeteries because they weren’t allowed to be buried with the majority of the population. (Casey, 1 year)
  • We have lava cliffs right in Pocatello for rock climbing. Like, right on one of our busiest streets. Seriously, the outdoor recreation opportunities here are amazing. (Marjanna, 20+ years)
  • It has a secret tunnel system that connects the original downtown. (Amie, 31 years)
  • When I lived there, 14th street was the end of town..now people lived on what was once “Sleigh Hill”.. (Kathy, 34 years)
  • Good officers and county employees. (Rebecca, 34 years)
  • The Chief Theater was considered a flagship of modern theaters in the West for many years. (Lance, 38 years)
  • President Kennedy was here before he was elected. (Kathrynn, 42 years)
  • The hiking trails are phenomenal. (Ida, 45 years)
  • Since I now live in a Boise suburb – people in Poci seem to care more about their property than many in Boise (weeds in the ditches, abandoned cars in the yards, etc.) (Louise, 52 years)
  • Undiscovered and should stay that way. (Eric, 65 years)