Pocatello, ID Profile: Facts & Data


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Pocatello, Idaho - Basic Facts

The City of Pocatello had a population of 58,819 as of July 1, 2020. Pocatello ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Idaho. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Pocatello is located at latitude 42.8713 and longitude -112.4455 in Bannock County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pocatello encompass a land area of 32.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0.16 sq. miles. Bannock County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 4,462 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Pocatello are located in Bannock County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Power County.

The City of Pocatello (GNIS ID: 2411447) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Idaho is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Pocatello is located within Pocatello Division of Bannock County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Pocatello: Pocatello Junction.


Pocatello, ID Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 58,819 (100%)
Population in Households 56,955 (96.8%)
Population in Families 43,695 (74.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,864 ( 3.2%)
Population Density 1,770
Diversity Index2 37


Median Household Income $48,104
Average Household Income $63,998
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $24,544
Wealth Index5 60


Total HU (Housing Units) 23,878 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,158 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,390 (39.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,330 ( 5.6%)
Median Home Value $175,199
Average Home Value $206,741
Housing Affordability Index3 152


Total Households 22,548
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 14,004
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.79% 0.82%
Households 0.78% 0.85%
Families 0.54% 0.69%
Median Household Income   1.08%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
Owner Occupied HU   0.83%


Pocatello, ID - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pocatello to the other 227 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Idaho by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 98th
Population Density # 57 75th
Median Household Income # 134 41st
Housing Affordability Index # 117 52nd
Per Capita Income # 112 51st
Diversity Index # 89 60th

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