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Ammon
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Ammon, the city "Where Tomorrow Begins"
Location of Ammon in Bonneville County, Idaho.
Location of Ammon in Bonneville County, Idaho.
Country United States
State Idaho
County Bonneville
Incorporated 1905
Area
 • Total 7.61 sq mi (19.70 km2)
 • Land 7.59 sq mi (19.67 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
4,715 ft (1,437 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 13,816
 • Estimate 
(2019)
17,115
 • Density 2,253.75/sq mi (870.17/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (Mountain)
ZIP code
83406
Area codes 208, 986
FIPS code 16-01990
GNIS feature ID 0396038

Ammon, the city "Where Tomorrow Begins," is a suburb city located directly between the Ammon foothills on the east and the city of Idaho Falls on the west, in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the population of Ammon was 13,816. By the 2020 census, Ammon's population had grown to 17,694.

Ammon was one of Idaho's fastest growing cities from 2000 to 2010. The city experienced a 123.3% growth rate from 2000 to 2010 based on the 2010 US Census. Ammon is the 15th largest city in Idaho.

Amenities and attractions

The City of Ammon has nine parks totaling over 62 acres. The 18 acre McCowin Park is the City’s largest park. It has a swimming pool, picnic shelter, playground equipment, and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, walking path, and ball fields. The amenities of the other parks include shelters, playground equipment, Tot Park, facilities for athletics, and picnics.

Within an hour’s drive from the City, opportunities abound for boating, rafting, canoeing, hunting, fishing, camping, snow and water skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Entrances to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the Jackson Hole Valley, home of the City of Jackson, Wyoming and the National Elk Refuge are all just less than a 2-hour drive away.

History

Monument in Ammon Idaho
A monument erected in 1937 by local Boy Scouts honors the early settlers of Ammon

Ammon was founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1888. It was originally called South Iona because it was the dependent branch in the south end of the Iona, Idaho ward. The area was made a ward in the church in 1889 with Arthur M. Rawson as bishop, who renamed the town in honor of Ammon, a figure in the LDS book of scripture, the Book of Mormon. Since it was now independent of the Iona Ward, a new name seemed appropriate. On February 9, 1893, the name of the town was changed from South Iona Ward to Ammon.

By 1930 the village of Ammon had 270 inhabitants, but the total district of Ammon, which is how the name is usually used and is closer to the modern borders, had a population of about 1100.

Ammon was an early agricultural center and later was home to several general stores, a grain elevator and a brickyard. The city was officially incorporated on October 10, 1905. It became a Second Class City under Idaho law in 1963. In the early 1900s a spur line was built by the Eastern Idaho Railroad to the Ammon Elevator. Beginning in the 1940s housing divisions have aided the city's growth and it has become a suburb for the adjacent city of Idaho Falls. Building boomed in the 1990s in both the business and housing sectors, and the city was one of the fastest growing in Idaho from 2000 to 2010.

Geography

Ammon is located at 43°28′35″N 111°58′5″W / 43.47639°N 111.96806°W / 43.47639; -111.96806 (43.476268, -111.967964).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.27 square miles (18.83 km2), of which, 7.26 square miles (18.80 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 214
1920 378 76.6%
1930 270 −28.6%
1940 363 34.4%
1950 447 23.1%
1960 1,882 321.0%
1970 2,545 35.2%
1980 4,669 83.5%
1990 5,002 7.1%
2000 6,187 23.7%
2010 13,816 123.3%
2019 (est.) 17,115 23.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
Ammon City Building
The Ammon City Building

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 13,816 people, 4,476 households, and 3,352 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,903.0 inhabitants per square mile (734.8/km2). There were 4,747 housing units at an average density of 653.9 per square mile (252.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.2% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4% of the population.

There were 4,476 households, of which 46.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.1% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.61.

The median age in the city was 29.6 years. 36.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.5% were from 25 to 44; 18.7% were from 45 to 64; and 9.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

Education

Ammon is served by the Bonneville Joint School District#93. District #93 serves about 10,758 students in 19 schools, making it the fifth-largest by enrollment in the state of Idaho. The district has 14 elementary schools serving students in K–6, two middle schools serving students in grades 7–8, and three high schools serving students in grades 9–12, along with an alternative high school. A third middle school, Black Canyon Middle School, will open in the fall of 2021.

High schools

  • Bonnevile Online High School
  • Bonneville High School
Bonneville High School Idaho
Southeast Entrance of Bonneville High School
  • Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest High School in Ammon Idaho
The west entrance to Hillcrest High School

Alternative high schools

  • Lincoln Alternative High School

Middle schools

  • Black Canyon Middle School (opening fall 2021)
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School
  • Sandcreek Middle School

Elementary schools

  • Ammon Elementary School
  • Bridgewater Elementary School
  • Cloverdale Elementary School
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Falls Valley Elementary School
  • Hillview Elementary School
  • Iona Elementary School
  • Mountain Valley Elementary School
  • Rimrock Elementary School
  • Summit Hills Elementary School
  • Tiebreaker Elementary School
  • Ucon Elementary School
  • Woodland Hills Elementary School
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