The mighty Snake River and its magnificent canyon etch the boundary of many southern Idaho cities. Boise, the state capital, is less than a 2-hour drive northwest. Pocatello, the state's third largest city, is a 2 hour drive east. Northern Nevada is less than 1-hour south, and Salt Lake City is 3 hours southeast. South Central Idaho consists of eight diverse counties: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls.
The regional population grew 14.4% over the last decade to 185,790. The largest county is Twin Falls, which grew at 20.1% to 77,230, an increase of almost 13,000. The Southern Idaho region is referred to as the "Magic Valley," named after nearby Milner Dam which was constructed in 1905. Productive farmland and towns seemed to spring up out of nowhere on the sagebrush-covered Southern Idaho desert.
Agribusiness, including food production, food processing, food science, and related support services are the main industry sectors in this region. Key businesses include Chobani, Glanbia Foods, Clif Bar, Con Agra/Lamb-Weston, McCain Foods, Clear Springs Foods, Amalgamated Sugar, and Monsanto Wheat Technology to name a few. Take a peak at more regional facts below!
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