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Eastern Idaho - Power of Place

Eastern Idaho, which covers Southeast and East Idaho, is Idaho’s Research Corridor and the country’s premier region for science, technology and research. Eastern Idaho is a prime location for businesses requiring a large base of educated and trained talent. 

There are 75,000 students registered each semester between four major universities and colleges within the region – Idaho State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho and a satellite campus of University of Idaho. Businesses and potential new industries looking to tap into a large pool of ready-to-work talent will discover Eastern Idaho to be one of the best places in the nation to find talent.

Eastern Idaho also has the infrastructure businesses require to relocate and expand.  Eastern Idaho offers accessibility by air, rail or interstate. Air service is provided by the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. Rail Freight services are provided by Union Pacific Railroad and the Eastern Idaho Railroad. Watco Transportation Services transloading services is also available.

Eastern Idaho is a rapid and aggressive growing region with sixteen diverse Counties. The Region offers a competitive cost of doing business with the lowest electricity rates in the nation. Companies benefit from low taxes, affordable industrial and commercial real estate, low utility costs, as well as access to a highly educated workforce. In Eastern Idaho, residents enjoy clean air, plenty of sunshine, diverse employment opportunities, affordable residential real estate, and an outdoor recreational paradise.

These are just a few reasons why Eastern Idaho is a great fit for companies to expand or relocate. Contact us to learn more.


Power of Place Represents:

Idaho Falls - 4th Largest City

4th Largest City in Idaho: Idaho Falls 

eastern idaho - 2nd largest workforce

2nd Largest Workforce in Idaho

90.4 on the cost of living index

90.4 Cost of Living Composite for the Region


Eastern Idaho: 81.7% millenial population

81.7 Percent of population under 30 (Rexburg is recognized as Millennial City USA with one of the country’s largest group of young talent)

Four major universities

Four Institutions of Higher Education with more than 75,000+ students enrolled each semester

Five major federal programs

Home to five federal programs – Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE), US Navy, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Homeland Security


Super-computer cluster

A Collaborative Computing Center (C3) – host to one of the most impressive supercomputers - the Sawtooth - with approximately 100,000 computer processor cores. One of the 100 fastest supercomputers in the world.

world-class research, cybersecurity and innovation hub - INL - Naval Nuclear Reactor

World Class Science, Research, Cybersecurity & Innovation Hub – Home to one of the largest Department of Energy sites - the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

Data-center cluster: FBI, DOJ

Data Centers - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Data Center focused on cybersecurity posture for all DOJ components.


Eight key medical facilities

8 Key Medical Facilities with the only Burn Center (EIRMC) in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota

Agriculture epicenter - #1 potato producer, #1 spring wheat, #1 malt barley

Agriculture Mega Center: #1 Potato Capitol in the World, #1 in Spring Wheat and #1 in Malt Barley

Four beautiful seasons - skiing, off-roading, fishing, hiking, biking, boating

Four beautiful seasons, which equal impeccable Year-Round Outdoor Activities!


Eatern Idaho attractions: trails, parks, museums, national parks, golf courses, art center, zoo, regional airports

Explore over 160+ Trails, 46+ Parks, 12 Museums, 2 National Parks, 12 Golf Courses, 4 Art Centers, 3 Zoos, and 2 regional airports (Idaho Falls & Pocatello.) The possibilities are endless: Replenish your Zen for life with numerous indoor and outdoor activities.

Eastern Idaho Fact Sheet

Eastern Idaho "Power of Place" Fact Sheet


Eastern Idaho Economic Dashboard

Eastern Idaho’s reputation as being “the place to locate your business and sustain a great quality of life” is backed up by solid data. A few highlights:


Job Growth

Eastern Idaho


National: 3.86%

Median Wage

Eastern Idaho


National: $56,420

Cost of Living Index

Eastern Idaho


National: 100.0

Population Growth

Eastern Idaho


National: 1.63%

Median Age

Eastern Idaho


National: 38.8

Unemployment Rate

Eastern Idaho


National: 3.6%

Corporate Tax

Eastern Idaho


National: 6.2%

Median Home Value

Eastern Idaho


National: $244,900

GPD Growth

Eastern Idaho


National: 2.9%

This is Eastern Idaho! Power of Place!

It's hard to beat the power of benefits Eastern Idaho has to offer. We consistently rank at that top of the nations "most livability" lists.

Eastern Idaho is an exhilarating region with over 440,000 + people and growing. Short commute times means more time for indoor and outdoor activities. Eastern Idaho offers a fresh lifestyle where you can enjoy the activities of a big city without the pressure's city life brings.

These are just few examples why people, and businesses, are relocating to Eastern Idaho. 


If you want to be part of a new frontier in your industry, now is the time to join the great career opportunities Eastern Idaho has to offer. As Eastern Idaho continues to grow and expand, there are endless opportunities to advance a career in just about any field. With four top colleges and universities in the region, and five federal programs, including a National Laboratory, Eastern Idaho has become an epicenter for innovative thinkers, a growing entrepreneurial spirit, and forward-looking businesses.

Come to Eastern Idaho and be part of the action.  Learn more about our key industries.


Surrounded by beautiful mountains and breathtaking landscape, Eastern Idaho offers spectacular outdoor activities such as skiing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, fishing, river rafting, and camping. The region is truly an invigorating adventure for those who like to play as hard as they work. Click here to download more travel resources.

As diverse as the landscape, Eastern Idaho provides an exciting experience to meet all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. 

Eastern Idaho is a short drive to world-class destinations like Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Targhee Ski Resort and National Forest, Sun Valley Resort, and Sawtooth National Forest, just to name a few. Come and check out Eastern Idaho!


1000 Hours Outside | Must see places near East Idaho

Story and Photos by Tatiana Crandall Photography


Golf one or all of Eastern Idaho’s prime golf courses. Whether you are a beginner or a Pro, you will find beautifully groomed courses and lots of sunshine.  Come and check out one or all of our many golf courses in Eastern Idaho!

Hit the Slopes or the Lakes. From the first-time skier to the thrill seeker, Eastern Idaho provides ski slopes to fit all levels of skiers.  In addition, Eastern Idaho provides 5-Star resorts to escape to. 

Eastern Idaho is also well known for its beautiful lakes and reservoirs surrounded by tall, majestic mountains, and beautiful forests. If you love to camp, boat, or fish, Eastern Idaho should be the #1 location on your list.

Check out some of our favorite spots!

Idaho State University - Pocatello
University of Idaho Satellite Campus at University Place - Idaho Falls
College of Eastern Idaho - Idaho Falls
Brigham Young University - Idaho


In Eastern Idaho, we are lucky to have unlimited resources for gaining an education or continuing your education. Between our four universities and colleges, over 75,000 students of all ages have access to the best educators offering hands-on real-world learning experiences - crucial to meeting the needs of current employers and employers seeking to locate their business to Eastern Idaho.


Eastern Idaho residents enjoy clean air, plenty of sunshine, diverse employment opportunities, and great outdoor recreational activities.

With a diverse economy, inexpensive land, low taxes, abundant resources, a ready workforce, great colleges and universities, and a low cost of living, Eastern Idaho has become one of the best places to live - and work!

If you are tired of getting stuck in traffic, and spending allot of time in your car to get to work each day, then Eastern Idaho is the place for you. In Eastern Idaho, it’s all about putting on your favorite tunes, setting the cruise control, and enjoying a quick commute.

No matter where you are in Eastern Idaho, you will find welcoming people with strong work ethics and innovative spirits – people developing cutting-edge processes and creating new technologies – helping their communities grow and thrive.

This is Eastern Idaho! Power of Place!

Trailing Spouse Program


REDI’S Trailing Spouse Program was developed to assist a spouse or partner of candidates relocating to Eastern Idaho for jobs, also find employment opportunities.

Through REDI’s strong regional network, REDI shares resumes of trailing spouses and partners with employers - giving Eastern Idaho Regional Employers opportunities to add strong qualified candidates to their team.

If you have made an offer to a candidate with a trailing spouse or partner, please reach out to Teresa McKnight, CEO of REDI, to assist the trailing spouse or partner of the candidate also find employment opportunities.

REDI is here to support you search for the best talent and connect you to a strong network of resources.

Eastern Idaho has become a hot spot for top professionals seeking great career opportunities. 



Eastern Idaho ranks top in the nation for:

  • Cost of Living 
  • Housing Costs
  • Quality Healthcare
  • Welcoming & Friendly Population
  • Outstanding Outdoor Recreation and access to a long list of National Parks!

Eastern Idaho Roots Job Listings

Searching for employees can be overwhelming for employers. With unemployment rates at an all-time low, the competition for skilled workers is more challenging now than ever before.

In 2020, REDI rolled out a new employment program - Eastern Idaho Roots. The goal of this new program is two-fold: 1) to provide a central job posting site where employers across Eastern Idaho can promptly post open job opportunities and connect with job seekers pursuing employment in Eastern Idaho, and 2) where employees can quickly search for open employment and career opportunities in Eastern Idaho.

Eastern Idaho Roots Program was established to not only help employers recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce, but it’s also a great outreach program to recruit those desiring to come back to Eastern Idaho, opportunities to seek and gain successful employment.

With a low cost of living, great career opportunities for the novice to the high-tech junky – Eastern Idaho is the best place in the U.S. to work and sustain a great quality of life!


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