Rexburg has a population
of 17,257 (2000) which is a 11.4% rise from 1990. It is located in a high
country valley with an elevation of 4850 feet. The Teton Mountains can
be seen to the east, the Centennial Mountains to the north, and many different
mountain ranges drop into the desert to the west. The area is semi-desert
with an annual precipitation of only 13.77 inches contributing to the
urgency of water supplies throughout the history of the country.
Although agriculture remains first in economic impact in the community
of Rexburg, many large business enterprises also dot the landscape. BYU-Idaho
is the largest employer in the community. Artco, a mail order printing
business, is next with several hundred employees. Technoloy companies
have sprung up to take advantage of the large labor supply. Tourism is
becoming a major impact to the community
located just a short drive from Yellowstone Park, from Jackson Hole, from
Craters of the Moon National Monument, and from excellent hunting, fishing,
and other outdoor activities.
group of college and community officials touring Europe with the Ricks
College folk dance team decided to see if a folk dance festival could
be started in Rexburg. The Idaho International Folk Dance Festival has
been listed several times as one of the top 100 events to see in North
Started in 1888
as the Bannock Stake Academy, Rexburg's school of higher learning struggled
to keep afloat through its early years. In 1902, the name changed to Ricks
Academy in honor of the founder of the town. With the addition of higher
education classes the name was changed to Ricks College in 1923. The Ricks
name was to remain with the school until 2001 when the name changed to
Brigham Young University Idaho.
Rexburg Tabernacle Civic Center houses the Teton Flood Museum. In 1983
the museum opened its doors with a flood exhibit, historical exhibits,
and special exhibits about the history of the Upper Snake River Valley.
The library of the Upper Snake River Valley Historical Society has the
most extensive collection of historical documents in the valley.
Becoming more popular each year with off road enthusiasts are the 20 miles
of sand hills located just north of Rexburg. This sand is the left over
of a huge lake that filled the Intermountain west until it drained to
the Pacific through the Snake River. It is also a popular place for family
picnics and hiking.
The combination of agricultural interests and recreation has transformed
Rexburg into an environmentally clean community that can appeal to almost
every interest. Expanding business has created an atmosphere of job opportunity.
The future of growth in Rexburg seems to be assured.