Bloomington, Idaho

Bloomington Lake, near Bloomington, Idaho
Bloomington Lake
Minnetonka Cave, near Bloomington, Idaho

Bloomington is located on US Highway 89 (part of the Oregon Trail-Bear Lake Scenic Byway) just a few miles south of Paris and a few miles north of Bear Lake. Minnetonka Cave is southwest of town in the Wasatch Mountains. As Bloomington was originally founded by Mormon pioneers/homesteaders, it seems to still be a primarily Mormon settlement.

The town of Bloomington is down in the Bear River Valley with the northern Wasatch Mountains rising to the west and the northern end of the Dingle Swamp (aka: Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge) to the east. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest boundary is just a couple miles west of town. A lot of folks go to the swim beach at Bear Lake State Park on a hot day or go west on FR Road #409 to Bloomington Lake to escape the heat.

Minnetonka Cave
Going down into Minnetonka Cave
Fast Facts about Bloomington, Idaho
Bloomington, Bear Lake County, ID 83223
Elevation: 5,968'
Latitude: 42.1908°N
Longitude: 111.4026°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 94.4%
Hispanic: 5.6%
High School or Higher: 81.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 12.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 2.0%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 224
Males: 115
Females: 109
Median Resident Age: 34.3 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $42,000
Estimated Median Home Value: $141,600
Population Density: 251 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Bloomington: 84.0
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Agriculture, Health Care, Rail Transportation, Construction, Automotive Services, Lodging & Food Services, Social Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.9%
Photos of Bloomington Lake and Minnetonka Cave courtesy of the National Forest Service.
Photo of Minnetonka Cave courtesy of the Idaho Department of Tourism.
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