One of the benefits of Twin Falls is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.56 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.
Looking for exciting attractions?
A popular destination in the area is the Shoshone Falls which is known to be the Niagara of the West that cascades water down from 213 feet—that's 46 feet higher than the mighty Niagara Falls, and it's only one of three major waterfalls in the Magic Valley area.
One of the most popular activities in all of Magic Valley is hitting the slopes, with multiple resorts to choose from, you are guaranteed spectacular views and some killer trails.
The Magic Valley Arts Council makes sure that no one in the area is ever lacking artsy things to do or see. They sponsor Kids Art in the Park, Brown Bag Lecture Series, the Full Moon Gallery, and numerous public art projects. The College of Southern Idaho hosts major cultural events throughout the cities in Magic Valley, and the theatre, sports teams, and the students themselves play a major role in shaping the communities in the area.
Okay, so it's not zero-gravity, but Craters of the Moon National Monument looks suspiciously like the surface of its namesake. But it doesn't rely on its good looks—the monument hosts several cultural events throughout the year.
With hiking this incredible, living in Magic Valley means investing in top-notching hiking boots so the grounds of the Sawtooth National Forest won't wear them down. But then again, locals can hike in pretty much anything.
Kick back in a beer garden, shop through one of the dozens of artisan booths, and venture out on a wagon ride toward the Devil's Washbowl, all during one of the oldest festivals in Magic Valley, the Thousand Springs Festival.
The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument preserve both land and aquatic species, particularly for the Hagerman Horse, an ancestor of today’s horses.
New schools help show community support in education as we continue to grow here in Twin Falls. Five schools in the Twin Falls School district are under construction this summer
Canyon Ridge is having a new wing with 19 classrooms put in which should bring it up to the same capacity as Twin Falls High School. Twin Falls High is also having renovations this summer. Among their renovations are new windows, adding air conditioning and a new basketball court and stands. Rock Creek Elementary’s renovations as well as Pillar Falls Elementary School's update are now complete. South Hills Middle School is under construction, and will be finished in 2017.
A flurry of new businesses opened in the Magic Valley and more to come
Some businesses that opened its doors in 2015 included Taco Johns, Noodles and Company, McAlister’s Deli, DownEast Home & Clothing, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, LunchBOX (A Waxing Salon), Ross Dress for Less and Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill. Business is thriving as the Canyon Park West shopping center is in full swing and new businesses continue to pop up along Pole Line Road.
One of the most anticipated openings of the year will be Clif Bar’s 275,000-square-foot bakery on 90 acres of land in the Jayco industrial park south of Chobani. It’s set to open this spring. Clif Bar, which currently contracts with other companies to produce its products, started construction of the bakery in April 2015.
Chain bakery-cafe Panera Bread plans to join Canyon Park West next year. A Panera Bread spokeswoman said the company is shooting for an early fall 2016 opening.
Lisa Marshall, president and CEO of American Pet Diner, moved her company’s sales office to Buhl nearly three years ago. This spring she expects to open a 12,000-square-foot production facility, moving her business from Nevada to the Magic Valley. “We picked this area for the quality of life, climate and potential employees,” Marshall told the Times-News in September.
If you require an outpatient surgery in 2016, the procedure may take place at St. Luke’s new Outpatient Surgery Center now under construction on the east end of St. Luke’s 40-acre property. The state-of-the-art facility is being built with the patient in mind. It will have five operating rooms all dedicated to ambulatory outpatient surgery. It will also feature convenient parking and a waiting room. The estimated cost is $16.5 million for the outpatient surgery center and equipment.
While analysts believe the national economy is slowing down, Idaho appeared to be holding steady
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In south-central Idaho, a growing number of manufacturing jobs seems to be creating more competition between employers. “We’re seeing with new companies coming on board with food manufacturing, kind of a churn effect,” Idaho Department of Labor Regional Economist Jan Roeser said. Food processing jobs grew 6.6 percent year-over-year. Statewide, manufacturing jobs grew 3.9 percent in April.
Movement between employers has had an impact on manufacturing wages in the region, Roeser said. Positions that may have paid between $40,000 and $50,000 a few years ago, are now paying nearly $60,000 for experienced workers, she estimated. Typically the employers that pay the lowest wages see the highest turnover.
“When there’s new job opportunities, people feel more confident about leaving,” she said. Newer companies frequently bring in state-of-the-art equipment, which require a higher skill set such as electrical, mechanical troubleshooting and computer programming. In the dairy industry, employers are seeking programmers for their robotics. “They need to go out and basically poach from one another,” Roeser said.
Twin Falls home appreciation rates
Appreciation rates for homes in Twin Falls have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 9.14%, which ranks in the top 40% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Twin Falls house appreciation rate of 0.88%.Appreciation rates are so strong in Twin Falls that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Twin Falls real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities.
Local buyers of new construction are going for bigger, better and pricier homes. Several builders at the 206 Parade of Homes sneak-peek event said they’re seeing more requests for large, customized homes.
“People seem to be willing to spend more than I’ve ever seen,” said James Ray, owner of James Ray Construction.
“Interest rates are low enough that people feel they can afford to spend more on their houses, said Jared Hunt, owner of TKO Homes. Plus, the bigger the lot, the bigger the home.”
“There’s so much activity in the building market right now it’s insane,” Ray said.