Iona, Idaho

By the railroad tracks in Iona, Idaho
The grain elevator in Iona

Iona was founded by Mormon pioneers in 1884. When the pioneers first arrived, the entire area was covered with thick sagebrush that needed to be cleared before they could do anything. Then they realized how short the growing season is... Many wanted to leave immediately but Mormon apostle Wilford Woodruff spoke to them all in July of 1884 and urged them to persevere. He spoke of a vision of fine homes, great agricultural fields, schools, colleges, churches, meetinghouses and temples, giving the area an aura of spiritual majesty and a future of tremendous potential. Today, Iona is a small city quite famous for the quality of the locally grown potatoes. Iona is also a bedroom community for Idaho Falls, one of the fastest growing metro areas in Idaho.

Watching a horse graze near Iona, Idaho
In the countryside around Iona
Fast Facts about Iona, Idaho
Iona, Bonneville County, ID 83427
Founded: 1884
Elevation: 4,783'
Latitude: 43.5263°N
Longitude: 111.9285°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 84.3%
Hispanic: 12.5%
Other: 2.2%
Two or More Races: 0.6%
Asian: 0.3%
High School or Higher: 88.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 18.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.5%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 1,359
Males: 681
Females: 678
Median Resident Age: 33.4 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $53,000
Estimated Median Home Value: $156,700
Population Density: 1,727 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Iona: 88.1
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Health Care, Government, Construction, Professional Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Lodging & Food Services, Retail Services, Real Estate Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 8.2%
Upper photo of Iona courtesy of Zechariah Judy, CCA ShareAlike 3.0 License.
Lower photo courtesy of midiman, CCA 2.0 License.
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