Rexburg, Idaho

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Rexburg Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Rexburg?

  • The college, weather. (Savanna, 4 months)
  • Great place to raise a family. (Sherri, 6 months)
  • Cheap schooling. (Anonymous, 1 year)
  • The small town feel. I love the cold weather and the snow. (Sam, 1 year)
  • Low traffic, I’m from Chicago. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • It is peaceful and quietly beautiful. (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • Everything is close. (Christy, 3 years)
  • The surrounding area (outdoor activities). (Jacob, 3 years)
  • Clean, peaceful, safe. (Janet, 3 years)
  • SodaVine. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • The people. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • The education. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • Outdoor activities in the warmer months. (Cass, 5 years)
  • The low cost of living and the friendly people. (Nolan, 5 years)
  • Outdoor activity. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • Freedom to explore. (Logan, 10 years)
  • The quiet. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Friendliness. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • It’s quiet. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • How safe it is. (Nicole, 22 years)
  • Secluded and rural. (KJ, 25 years)
  • Feeling safe, small town feel. (Faith, 28 years)
  • Proximity to national parks. (Lisa, 40 years)

Rexburg Least Favorites

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

  • Not a lot of diversity in people (Sherri, 6 months)
  • Lack of job openings. (Anonymous, 1 year)
  • I don’t like how they don’t clear the roads very well when it comes to the snow. (Sam, 1 year)
  • The cost of housing/low jobs/nothing to do there. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • It tends to shy away from mixing the new business opportunities with the old fashioned quaint atmosphere, and people tend to be divided by the school. (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • Expensive produce. (Christy, 3 years)
  • How small it is. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • The strength of the Church. (Janet, 3 years)
  • The pedestrian/driver relationship. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • The other people (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • The shopping/housing. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • Winter. (Cass, 5 years)
  • Awful parking, icy roads and bad drivers. (Nolan, 5 years)
  • Lack of beauty, cold. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • Limited things to do in Rexburg. (Logan, 10 years)
  • College dub step parties. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Traffic. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • College kids and the disrespect to the local people. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • Most things are catered to college kids instead of locals. (Nicole, 22 years)
  • Winter. (KJ, 25 years)
  • People don’t shop local stores, only Walmart. 🙁 Trying to get on 2nd anymore is a nightmare. (Faith, 28 years)
  • The climate… too cold and windy. (Lisa, 40 years)

Rexburg Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Rexburg?

  • Anything on campus. (Savanna, 4 months)
  • Nice parks, nice swimming pool, community events. (Sherri, 6 months)
  • Nothing. (Anonymous, 1 year)
  • Hiking. (Sam, 1 year)
  • Nothing. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • Going to the movies, getting out into nature, bowling, plenty of spots to dine out. This place is historic, what isn’t there to do here? (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • Lots of nature in surrounding areas, lots of people my age to hang out with, places like bowling and laser tag etc. :). (Christy, 3 years)
  • There are too many to list. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • Drive through the country. (Janet, 3 years)
  • Movies. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • Food related dates. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • Explore campus and the orchard, going to the movies, hiking, bridge jumping or tubing. (Cass, 5 years)
  • Game Pulse (a gaming store), skating (in Idaho Falls), shooting (outside city limits). (Nolan, 5 years)
  • Cheap theater, cheap bowling, trampoline place, plays, parks. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • R mountain, civil defense caves, ice caves, walking with the stars at night. (Logan, 10 years)
  • Bike rides, parks, hiking, sand dunes, camping and shooting. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Temple… lunch… museums… parks. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • Going to watch movies and bowling and the rodeo. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • Bowling, movies, lots of fast food. (Nicole, 22 years)
  • Tons of outdoor stuff! (KJ, 25 years)
  • Go to movie, BYUI concerts. (Faith, 28 years)
  • Pretend you are not here. (Lisa, 40 years)

Rexburg’s Reputation

What’s Rexburg known for?

  • BYUI. (Savanna, 4 months)
  • BYUI. (Anonymous, 1 year)
  • Mormons! Being a podunk town and BYUI. (Sam, 1 year)
  • College town. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • The small town hospitality. (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • BYUI. (Christy, 3 years)
  • Being a Mormon bubble. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • BYUI. (Janet, 3 years)
  • Mormons. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • BYUI. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • The university. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • BYUI. (Cass, 5 years)
  • BYUI. (Nolan, 5 years)
  • Once being declared uninhabitable by National Geographic. BYU-Idaho. The Teton dam flood. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • BYUI. (Logan, 10 years)
  • BYUI (Sarah, 12 years)
  • BYU-I. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • Ricks college. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • Mormons! (Nicole, 22 years)
  • BYUI and potatoes. (KJ, 25 years)
  • College and potatoes. (Murri, 25 years)
  • BYUI, the Teton flood. (Faith, 28 years)
  • Mormons. (Lisa, 40 years)

Rexburg Crime

What’s the crime like in Rexburg?

  • Low. (Sherri, 6 months)
  • I doubt there is any. (Sam, 1 year)
  • I don’t know. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • I don’t know too much about it, but I would assume it is much like any college town, or small town. Drugs tend to be trafficked through quiet spots, the animosity by the younger non-LDS locals toward the students in the form of vandalism and harassment. (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • I don’t know much about it. (Christy, 3 years)
  • Pretty mellow, where there is crime it’s minor crimes compared to other areas. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • Don’t know. (Janet, 3 years)
  • It happens more than people think. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • Not much. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • Not terrible. (Cass, 5 years)
  • Pretty low. (Nolan, 5 years)
  • Minimal, always feel safe. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • Low. (Logan, 10 years)
  • The skate park is a hot place to spray paint by kids with zero tagging skill. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Not bad. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • Low. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • Most arrests are for weed. (Nicole, 22 years)
  • It’s pretty low. (KJ, 25 years)
  • I am sure it is present, but not as much as other US towns. You can find anything you want good or bad if you look for it. I would assume theft is higher around University due to students not locking apartments. (Faith, 28 years)
  • Rexburg is a microcosm of the world. Whatever crime is committed in the world does occur here but less often. Please do not believe that Rexburg is the safest place in the world. (Lisa, 40 years)

Rexburg Advice

Any advice for people moving to Rexburg?

  • Dress warm. (Savanna, 4 months)
  • If you’re not LDS, be prepared, almost every place is closed on Sundays. (Sherri, 6 months)
  • Be prepared to drive in the snow. (Sam, 1 year)
  • Save up because housing is way expensive and there are hardly any jobs. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • Find places close to the city center, if possible. If not, you may want to look into commuting from Rigby or Sugar. (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • Bring a good coat. (Christy, 3 years)
  • You better be creative in order to have fun. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • Don’t try to change this wonderful place. (Janet, 3 years)
  • Buy lots of warm clothes. Don’t rush into marriage. Be a courteous driver and pedestrian. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • Rent is ridiculously expensive. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • It’s a small town. Good place to raise a family. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • Bring lots of layering clothes. (Cass, 5 years)
  • Dress warm. (Nolan, 5 years)
  • Bring a nice coat and snow boots. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • Don’t stare at the locals. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Learn to adapt to BYU-I. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • You will be treated different if you don’t know how to live here. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • Don’t be hyper sensitive. People here will probably offend you because we are blunt or some seem self righteous. It’ll be easier for you to not get caught up in that. (Nicole, 22 years)
  • Give it a chance. There’s things to do all the time. Even when it’s cold. Just learn from the locals. (KJ, 25 years)
  • Shop local, enjoy the quiet, look out for others. (Faith, 28 years)
  • Be prepared for at least 6 months of winter, poor health care, good people, bad people, and to not feel included for months. (Lisa, 40 years)

Rexburg Stories

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

  • Summer movies in the park. (Sherri, 6 months)
  • I filled a kiddie pool with jello and had a super fun jello fight with my friends :). (Christy, 3 years)
  • Floating Warm Slough and freezing to death because we went too late in the year. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • Just life – and closeness of my family. (Janet, 3 years)
  • Played cops and robbers around town with a group of friends. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • The total solar eclipse was awesome. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • The eclipse was awesome. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • They used to have block parties at Sammy’s on College Avenue with multiple bands that came to play—always a fun event. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • I’ve spent my whole married life here, we have lots of fond memories. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Ducks chasing after food. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • College kids are very mean and belligerent. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • Just don’t go parking on the dry farms ;). (Nicole, 22 years)
  • I went snowmobiling for 3 days this weekend. (KJ, 25 years)
  • Managed college housing 13 years, parking was even an issue in 1999. I could write a book and do a full-length movie of all my adventures! (Faith, 28 years)

Rexburg’s Future

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

  • Larger campus. (Savanna, 4 months)
  • Hopefully not much. (Sherri, 6 months)
  • Not much. (Anonymous, 1 year)
  • Grow. (Rebecca, 2 years)
  • It will grow, how much depends on the community leaders and city management working as a team with the school and the church. The potential Rexburg has is enormous. (Paden, 2.5 years)
  • Probably just a lot more apartment complexes. (Christy, 3 years)
  • It will be forced to grow and let in more businesses and housing opportunities. (Jacob, 3 years)
  • Growth in housing as the campus expands. (Janet, 3 years)
  • More people will move here, and it will be overcrowded. (Kenna, 3 years)
  • I think it will continue to grow. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • Yes. The university is growing, and the city will need to match it. (Madilin, 4 years)
  • Yes, because all the apartment complexes keep getting rid of cute houses. (Cass, 5 years)
  • As the college grows, the rest of the town will grow as well. (Nolan, 5 years)
  • More student housing. (Anonymous, 6.5 years)
  • It’s growing exponentially. (Logan, 10 years)
  • Hopefully more career based jobs open up. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Continue to grow. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • It will look like Salt Lake City, Utah. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • I hope it will accept bigger businesses honestly… But it will definitely be growing! (Nicole, 22 years)
  • I think it will grow and have lots of business startups from students who stick around. (KJ, 25 years)
  • More people, less businesses. (Murri, 25 years)
  • With the college growing, the community will continue to grow, hopefully bringing more business in for jobs. (Faith, 28 years)
  • The people will become more friendly and more apartments will be built. It will be similar to Provo, Utah.

Rexburg Facts

Any other interesting facts about Rexburg?

  • We have more pizza places than every other restaurant combined. (Jeanette, 4 years)
  • Welcome to spud country. (Logan, 10 years)
  • It gets cold. (Sarah, 12 years)
  • Friendly. (Vergie, 12 years)
  • It’s a farming town and there are not a lot of jobs. (Alaca, 17 years)
  • It has a lot of fast food. (Nicole, 22 years)
  • Locals actually like students. (KJ, 25 years)
  • Rexburg has changed so much in the 28 years I have been here, but it still has small town feeling! (Faith, 28 years)