Butte County, Idaho, is a high desert rural area set in the south-central part of the State. It has a population of less than 3,000, one-third of whom live in the county's largest town, Arco, which also serves as the county seat. Those looking for small town Idaho real estate might want to consider looking into this unique area. Established in February, 1917, Butte County was named for the many buttes seen rising majestically from the flood plains of the famous Snake River. These formations are said to have been used as landmarks by those traveling through the region, and especially by fur trappers who found the area to be plentiful in a diversity of animals.
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Butte County Homes for Sale
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Butte County, Idaho Homes and Lifestyle
Idaho properties on average sell for considerably more than those in Butte County, with single family dwellings in the county having a median value of about $107,000 while statewide the median value is more than $170,000. The cost of living overall is nearly 20% lower than the state average, although the median household income is also about 20% lower than for the State of Idaho. (All values estimated in June 2011.) The most common occupation is farming while the second most common is vehicle or equipment mechanic and driver. Butte County School District #111 includes 4 schools serving a total of 450 students. This includes one high school, one middle school and one elementary school, all located in the City of Arco, and one elementary school located in Howe. A total of 30 teachers are employed by the school district and classes are all very small. Arco, Idaho, is at the junction of Highways 20, 26 and 93. It is within easy reach (1-2 hours driving time) of larger cities such as Pocatello, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls and also the ski resort town of Sun Valley. Outdoor activities abound in Butte County, including hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, snowmobiling and some incredible sightseeing. There is also a variety of activities held regularly, to include:
- Softball tournaments
- Cross country races
- Para-gliding and hang-gliding contests
- Car and tractor shows
- Festival of Trees
The city also has an annual Atomic Days event, which celebrates its history and its singular distinction of being the first city in the United States to have its lights powered by atomic energy.
Butte County homes are some of the most reasonably priced in the entire state. For those wanting a small town feel but with access to a larger metropolitan area within an hour or two, this is a place worth checking out.
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Listing information last updated on October 18th, 2021 at 12:30am MDT.