Rexburg, Idaho

Rexburg, Idaho
Downtown in Rexburg, Idaho

Rexburg is the location of Brigham Young University-Idaho. Until 2008, this was the only BYU campus without a temple adjacent to it.

Built in the heart of thousands of years of volcanic activity, Rexburg itself sits on top of a shield volcano. Surrounding the city are numerous spatter cones, volcanic fissures, cinder cones and other shield volcanos. South and west of Rexburg are some large lava fields, the result of open fissure eruptions about 2,000 years ago. Craters of the Moon National Monument is southwest of Rexburg. It's the sediment deposits that were enriched by volcanic activity that have made the area around Rexburg so famous for its large, starch-rich potatoes.

Rexburg is perhaps most famous for the damage the city received when the Teton Dam ruptured in June 1976. The resulting flood left most of the city underwater for several days. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam built by the Bureau of Reclamation that suffered a catastrophic failure as the reservoir behind it was filling for the first time. 11 people and 13,000 head of cattle were killed in the flood as the 270-foot-deep reservoir was emptied within 6 hours of the initial breach.

Rexburg is also famous for the strong conservative bent of most of the area's voters. At times, Rexburg has been referred to as the "reddest place in America" with Republicans collecting between 60% and 90%+ of the votes cast since 1980.

Rexburg, Idaho
The LDS Temple in Rexburg
Fast Facts about Rexburg, Idaho
Rexburg, Madison County, ID
Zip Codes: 83440, 83441, 83460
Incorporated: 1883
Elevation: 4,865'
Latitude: 43.823°N
Longitude: 111.7853°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 93.0%
Hispanic: 3.4%
Native American: 0.4%
Asian: 1.3%
Two or More Races: 1.3%
African-American: 0.6%
High School or Higher: 87.1%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 28.0%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 11.7%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 28,856
Males: 13,034
Females: 15,822
Median Resident Age: 20.3 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $29,400
Estimated Median Home Value: $155,400
Population Density: 5,910 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Rexburg: 83.1
Major Industries:
Educational Services, Professional Services, Health Care, Lodging & Food Services, Printing Services, Waste Management Services, Real Estate Services, Agriculture, Retail Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 6.3%
Photo of downtown Rexburg courtesy of chanceinator.
Photo of LDS Temple in Rexburg courtesy of Andy Knelson.
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