Pocatello, Idaho

Pocatello Business Signs

Pocatello is a city located in the southeastern region of the present-day U.S. state of Idaho.  Prior to incursions by citizens of the United States, this area had been inhabited for hundreds of years by both the Shoshone and Bannock peoples.  The first citizens of the United States to plow through the area was the Lewis and Clark expedition back in 1805.  However, the first permanent settlement in the region came when Nathaniel Wyeth, from Massachusetts, established Fort Hall in 1834.  This Fort Hall became a supply point along the Oregon Trail, and a city quickly spread around it.  The name Pocatello itself derives from that of the Shoshone chief who granted the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way through the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  The city of Pocatello, Idaho was officially established in 1889.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Pocatello, Idaho has a total population of 54,746 people.  This makes it the fifth largest city in the state of Idaho, just after Idaho Falls.  According to that same estimate, Pocatello, Idaho’s metropolitan area has a total population of 90,656 people.

In 2014, Pocatello, Idaho’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report claimed the largest employer in the city to be Idaho State University, responsible for 3,811 jobs.  Pocatello School District #25 came in second, with 1,716 employees, while Portneuf Medical Center came in third, providing employment to 1,294 people in the city.  Perhaps Pocatello, Idaho’s biggest claim to economic fame is the fact that it has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “best Place for Small Business” for six years in a row.

Idaho State University, which was founded in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho, is a public research university with, as of 2014, an endowment of $49 million.  In the Fall semester of 2016, Idaho State University had 13,569 students enrolled into its various programs in total.  Forbes Magazine gave Idaho State University a national ranking of 606 back in 2016.  Idaho State University Bengals, members of NCAA Division I FCS’s Big Sky Conference, feature 13 varsity teams, including their football and basketball programs, which both play their home games in Holt Arena.

Elsewhere near Pocatello, Idaho is the Fort Hall Reservation.  This “Indian Reservation” was designated for the federally recognized Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho and comprises 814.874 sq. miles (2,110.51 kilometers squared) spread out over four separate Idaho counties.  This reservation was founded under an 1868 treaty.

One of Pocatello, Idaho’s most recognizable features, that of its official city flag, has garnered international attention.  In fact, back in 2015, the North American Vexillological Association considered Pocatello, Idaho’s city flag to be the worst city flag in North America.  In response, Pocatello, Idaho’s newly created flag design committee met for the first time in April of 2016, and by July 20th, 2017, Pocatello, Idaho’s official city flag was changed.  This new flag design, approved by the Pocatello City Council, goes by the informal name of “Mountains Left.”

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Pocatello, Idaho area?  Have you, by any chance, ever considered beginning such an endeavor?  The resources listed below may be able to guide you through that process:

Apply for a Business License in Pocatello, Idaho:


Pocatello, Idaho Business Overview:


Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce:


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