Rexburg, ID


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Rexburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 27,663 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Rexburg is the 11th largest community in Idaho. Much of the housing stock in Rexburg was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Rexburg economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Rexburg, where the median household income is $25,372.00.

Rexburg is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Rexburg is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Rexburg who work in office and administrative support (17.04%), teaching (13.29%), and sales jobs (13.03%).

Also of interest is that Rexburg has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.39% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.40 minutes getting to work every day.

The population of Rexburg is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.23% of adults in Rexburg have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Rexburg in 2010 was $12,206, which is low income relative to Idaho and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,824 for a family of four. Rexburg also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 46.14% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 German, Danish, Irish, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Rexburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.