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Old 04-10-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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We came out to Idaho Falls to see the area and look at houses. We like the idea of a bigger piece of property (zoned right of course) so that we have the option of getting some animals. Rigby has many parcels of land and even some in nice looking subdivisions where horses are acceptable.

But as we have discussed our ideas with locals (some of my husbands work collegues- he's already working part time out there, people we know who grew up in the Idaho Falls area, etc) they all seem to bad mouth Rigby. We've heard almost nothing but negative things- lots of teen pregnancies, very cliquish, etc..

So anyone out there who can give me the straight story? Has Rigby really earned it's bad reputation? Should we stay closer to Idaho Falls or Ammon?

And how about Iona, Shelley, Ririe, Ucon and Firth?

We have four girls from 6-15 and just want a good, clean, fun area to live in with other families with kids in similar age groups. We're not hard core outdoorsy but do like to ski, hike, swim, bike, garden. We're not into ATV's, snowmobiles, hunting or fishing.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Land of Red
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I'm not exactly certain what "they" say about Rigby. I know folks who were born and raised and quite successful in life.

Being a small community I'm certain it and any other small community can tend to be cliquish. I get my hair done in Rigby and it's not hard to catch up on thing at the salon there.

Teen pregnancies? Well that can happen in a small town or a large city, it's not discriminate to population.

I do know that most folks in Jefferson County have built a reputation for their driving skills and most of my friends purchase the wildlife plates so the 1J is not broadcast
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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Ya! Heard more than once about that, too. And that it's possible to get a license there without taking any tests at all. Just walk up to the window and buy one. Oops, maybe I shouldn't broadcast that one. Is that an urban legend?
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Pirkanmaa, Finland
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So anyone out there who can give me the straight story? Has Rigby really earned it's bad reputation? Should we stay closer to Idaho Falls or Ammon?

And how about Iona, Shelley, Ririe, Ucon and Firth?
Some of what you're hearing about Rigby may be historical bias. When I grew up in Idaho Falls, Rigby had a reputation of being somewhat of a mix of Rexburg-style straightlaced Mormon and down-from-the-foothills hicks.

To be honest, Iona, Shelley, Ririe, Ucon and Firth all fit that description too.

But times have changed. A lot of new blood has moved into Rigby. In your situation I'd actually ask some newcomers who have been settled in a few years and hear what they think. They might give you a more accurate picture than the "1-J" bias of longtime locals.

Good luck, wherever you choose to settle.
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Enoch got it right, but each of those villages you mentioned has it's own character.

Iona is the oldest of the bunch, and I think Ucon is the youngest.
Iona's city lots were originally planned larger than the others, and livestock can still be kept within the city limits, as per the original plan. Many of the large lots have been subdivided over the years to half their original size, but there are still quite a few of the big ones left.

Ririe was a dry farm railhead for years- it's located in a perfect spot for grain elevators, and dry farmers are a different bunch from the irrigators. Ririe once had a pretty good downtown for it's size- it had 3-4 cafés, a movie theater, a drugstore, implement dealerships, hardware stores, a couple of groceries, and a lumber yard, but all pretty much gone now.

Rigby, I think, is growing faster than the others, and of them all, has the largest downtown area.

All are still little farm communities.
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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Yeah, that is exactly it. Rigby was once a small farming community, but slowly is being encompassed by the Idaho Falls metro area. If growth resumes after the recession I would see a day not too far off where the two cities basically blend together, much like I.F. and Ammon have. Sometimes these type of changes are a bit unsettling, however inevitable they may be.
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