Rexburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 39,409 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Rexburg is the ninth largest community in Idaho. Rexburg has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Rexburg, where the median household income is $33,278.00.
Rexburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Rexburg is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rexburg who work in teaching (17.41%), office and administrative support (12.18%), and sales jobs (12.02%).
Of important note, Rexburg is also a city of artists. Rexburg has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Rexburg’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Rexburg telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.34% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Rexburg is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Rexburg have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Rexburg’s economy is one such example of this.
Rexburg, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
The overall crime rate in Rexburg is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
One of the benefits of Rexburg is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.70 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Rexburg is a decent-sized city, yet no one gets to work using public transit, because the city has no real transit system.
The education level of Rexburg ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Rexburg, 43.36% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Rexburg in 2018 was $21,869, which is lower middle income relative to Idaho and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,476 for a family of four. However, Rexburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Rexburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.91% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Rexburg is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rexburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rexburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Rexburg include English, German, Danish, European, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Rexburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.