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DESCRIPTION OF GOODING, IDAHO
the County Seat of Gooding County has an approximate
population of 2,820 inhabitants. In addition to being the
County Seat, it is also the main trade center for Gooding
County and to some degree the neighboring counties of
Camas, to the north, and Lincoln, to the east.
serviced by State Highway 26 and 20 that intersect at the
south edge of the City and are maintained by the State of
Idaho. There is a municipal airport located southwest of
the community and it services small aircraft only.
Utilities including power, phone lines, natural gas
lines, sewer and water and cable television are all
available within the City limits. It is reported that
police and fire protection are good and there is a low
crime rate in the area. Employment in the area tends to
center around agricultural endeavors. Recently, Avonmore
West Cheese Plant relocated and expanded into the area
and employs a large segment of the Gooding work force.
Other employment centers around farming and dairy
industries and the limited amount of retail and
professional positions available in the small community.
trade center for Southern Idaho is Twin Falls, located
approximately 40 miles southeast of Gooding. Gooding does
provide a limited commodity market for such items as
beans, grains and other crops grown locally, however, to
a lesser extent than the neighboring communities of
Jerome, Wendell and Twin Falls. The commercial areas of
Gooding were negatively impacted by the transformation of
the Twin Falls area into the regional retail hub. But
this was true of most small towns in the region and for
that matter downtown Twin Falls. It led to considerable
vacancy. However, at this time, vacancy rates are within
acceptable parameters and are currently estimated at
between 5% and 10%. The down side, however, is the
comparatively low rents that are being experienced here.
Although population had declined somewhat in the late '80's. there is some indication that most recently population trends have been more positive. But in overall terms, Gooding is considered to be a stable community. It appears that part of the recovery here may have occurred when Avonmore West relocated into the area. It is felt, at least for the immediate future, that the City of Gooding will maintain a stable business and community atmosphere, albeit within the context of relatively low rent rates.
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