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Bingham County, Idaho


The Potato Capital of the World

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Statistics & Facts

The Idaho state capital is Boise.
The population of Blackfoot is approximately 11,153 (2009), 11899 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,929 (2000), 4229 (2010).
The amount of land area in Blackfoot is 14.00 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Blackfoot is 5.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.7 sq kilometers.
The distance from Blackfoot to Washington DC is 1961 miles.
The distance to the Idaho state capital is 207 miles. (as the crow flies)
Blackfoot is positioned 43.19 degrees north of the equator and 112.34 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Blackfoot elevation is 4,497 feet above sea level.
Blackfoot per capita income is $ 19,106 (2008).
Blackfoot median income is $ 39,894 (2008).
The Blackfoot median home price is $ 129,861 (2008).


Between Pocatello and Idaho Falls on Interstate 15 in eastern Idaho. Other nearby communities include Moreland, Firth, Basalt, Fort Hall, Shelley, Chubbuck and Arbon Valley.
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History & History Related Items

The name of Blackfoot is also used for a local mountain range and river. When a group of trappers from the Hudsonís Bay Company came through in 1818, they noticed the local people who walked through old burn areas there all had black bottoms to their shoes and moccasins. Though there were none of the actual Blackfoot Tribe in the area, the trappers called them the Blackfoot Crowd. Then they named the stream, the Blackfoot River. The first store was built in 1874 and later, in 1878, a post office was established with a new railroad line coming through the same year. The name was made official as Blackfoot on 20 March 1879. When Bingham County was created on 13 January 1885, Blackfoot was named the county seat. The town of Eagle Rock had been designated as the county seat, but the night before the passage of the bill, people from Blackfoot bribed a clerk to change the name to Blackfoot. The governor didnít notice and the measure was signed making Blackfoot the county seat. In 1907, Blackfoot was incorporated as a town.
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The incorporation of Blackfoot



Blackfoot is known as the Potato Capital of the World because it has the largest potato industry in the world! It is home to the largest baked potato and the largest potato chip in the world.

Idaho Potato Museum
130 N.W. Main Blackfoot, ID Phone: 208-785-2517
The Potato Museum provides information on potato history, the growing and harvesting process, nutrition, trivia and educational potato facts. Please check for hours of operation and admission costs.

Home to the Eastern Idaho State Fair - held every year on Labor Day Weekend and the following weekend.

Blackfoot Performing Arts Center
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Blackfoot City Government

City of Blackfoot
157 N Broadway St
Blackfoot, ID 83221-2204
Phone: 208-785-8600

Blackfoot Chamber

Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce
130 NW Main
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Phone: 208-785-0510

Blackfoot Organizations

Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce
130 NW Main
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Phone: 208-785-0510

Blackfoot Libraries

Blackfoot Library
129 N Broadway
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Phone: 208-785-8628

Family History Library And Ext
Mitchell Ln
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Phone: 208-785-5022

Blackfoot Schools

Blackfoot School District 55
270 E Bridge St
Blackfoot, ID 83221-2865
Phone: 208-785-8800

Snake River School District 52
103 S 900 W
Blackfoot, ID 83221-6065
Phone: 208-684-3001 Blackfoot


The population of Blackfoot was:
1990 - 9,646
2000 - 10,419
2009 - 11,153

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 3,617
2000 - 3,929

Population Density:
2000 - 1,926.4 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 30.9 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 33,004
2008 - $ 39,894

per capita income:
2000 - $ 15,529
2008 - $ 19,109

Median home value:
2000 - $ 74,6000
2008 - $ 129,861

Blackfoot is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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