Pocatello 84 Exceptional
Pocatello Livability #6 ranked city in Idaho#637 ranked city in the USARanks better than 97% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Pocatello

  • Commute

    An elevated score in the commute category points to excellent public transit accessibility and shorter-than-average work commute times in this area.

  • Cost Of Living

    Taking into account the cost of goods and services like housing, groceries, transportation and utilities, the overall cost of living in this area is well below average.

  • Housing

    High scores in the housing category are a distinguishing feature of this area, possibly driven by a favorable home affordability ratio, higher home values and appreciation rates.

  • Health & Safety

    Good air quality as well as nearby health facilities like hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, fire and police stations all contribute to a higher than average health and safety score.

  • Ratings

    Based on recent surveys and polls, locals gave high marks in the walkability to local amenities, safety, public transit, friendliness of neighbors and overall sense of community in the area.

  • Nothing Found

    There are no cons to mention for this area, as all of the categories were rated above average.

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What's it like Living in Pocatello?

Pocatello is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. The city has a population of 56,016 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 87% of Pocatello residents are White, 2% Asian and 2% American Indian and Alaskan. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Pocatello residents is 33. Single men and women might be happy to hear that in Pocatello, only 50% of the population is married. If you're not a fan of traffic congestion and long commute times to work, Pocatello is the place to be. Commutes to work here are shorter, with an average one-way commute time taking only 16 minutes, significantly lower than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Pocatello could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Idaho if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. With useful information like amenities, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Pocatello and in the areas around Pocatello is a much easier task.

Pocatello has a livability score of 82/100 and is ranked #8 in Idaho and #767 in the USA. Compared to the US average, Pocatello ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Pocatello has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Pocatello has higher than average rankings for the following: cost of living (A+) and housing (B+). Pocatello does not rank well for the following: employment (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Finding affordable real estate and housing in Pocatello can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

Pocatello real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Pocatello. The median home price for Pocatello homes is $154,000, which is 8.3% lower than the Idaho average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Pocatello, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 2.9% lower than the Idaho average.

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      Pocatello transportation information

      Statistic Pocatello Idaho National
      Average one way commute16min20min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.6%78.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.6%10.0%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.9%0.7%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.4%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.9%2.8%2.8%
      Working from home5.7%5.9%4.6%
      Source: The Pocatello, ID data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).