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Welcome to American Falls ...

The city of American Falls is located in Power County<1> (at the time of its founding, American Falls was located in Oneida County) and is the County Seat for Power County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of American Falls, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, American Falls has a population of 4,297 people<2> (see below for details).

American Falls is 4,400 feet [1,341 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of American Falls is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: American Falls lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for American Falls: (208) and (986)<4>

The ZIP code for American Falls: 83211<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, American Falls had an population of 4,297 people. This is a decrease of 3.59% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 4.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, American Falls had a population of 4,457 people (which is 57.02% of the total population of Power County). This makes American Falls the county's most populous community.

The population of American Falls represents 0.28% of the total population of Idaho (which has 1,567,582 people), making it the state's 34th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,457 people, the population of American Falls increased 8.42% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 4,111 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for American Falls.

Communities near American Falls ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near American Falls.

  • Aberdeen
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aberdeen have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aberdeen
    • Aberdeen is located in Bingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,992 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aberdeen <7>
  • Rockland
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
  • Michaud
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Michaud
    • Michaud is located in Power County
  • Pauline
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pauline
    • Pauline is located in Power County
  • Alameda
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alameda
    • Alameda is located in Bannock County
  • Chubbuck
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast)
  • Pocatello
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
  • Springfield
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springfield have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springfield
    • Springfield is located in Bingham County
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springfield <7>
  • Arbon
    (26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast)
  • Coffee Point
    (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coffee Point have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coffee Point
    • Coffee Point is located in Bingham County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around American Falls. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for American Falls.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of American Falls. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around American Falls.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around American Falls. Our list includes 4 papers. See our Newspapers Page for American Falls.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for American Falls ...

Looking for more information about American Falls? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for American Falls, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for American Falls.

Adding American Falls to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of American Falls in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for American Falls was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found American Falls mentioned on a train schedule titled Union Pacific Railroad Time Tables (September 1924).

For more details, see References and Mentions for American Falls.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for American Falls. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Power County:

The official website for State of Idaho:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Idaho's counties, including Power, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for American Falls.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around American Falls - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (986) is an overlay for area code (208).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as American Falls). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether American Falls or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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