Founded in 1889, Pocatello is known as the "Gateway to the Northwest." As pioneers, gold miners and settlers traveled the Oregon Trail, they passed through the Portneuf Gap south of town. Stage and freight lines and the railroad soon followed, turning our community into a trade center and transportation junction. Pocatello’s population is just over 51,000. Pocatello has been recognized by Forbes as a "Best Small Place for Business" six years in a row. Most recently Pocatello was ranked 2nd on Forbes Cost of Doing Business index. In addition, we have been ranked one of the top ten small places to move and raise a family according to Primary Relocation and World ERC. All this plus we are just minutes to a day's drive away from the best recreational opportunities the West has to offer!
Pocatello is ideally situated between Yellowstone National Park and Sun Valley. Within a 150-mile radius are outstanding attractions including Lava Hot Springs, Craters of the Moon National Monument, and Grand Teton National Park. Pocatello has all the usual bars and fast food places, plus many great local and chain restaurants. For more information on Pocatello, please visit the City of Pocatello website.