Jefferson County is home to Hamer, Lewisville, Menan, Monteview, Mud Lake, Ririe, Roberts, Terreton, and Rigby. Named after Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, the county was established in 1913 with the county seat at Rigby. Jefferson covers a total of 1095 square miles, ranks 14th among Idaho Counties in population and 28th in area. The federal government owns nearly 47 percent of the county, with 49 percent being private ground. The largest basic industries are Agriculture and food processing. The county seat, Rigby, is most famous for being the “birthplace of television.”
Shopping and Dining – The town of Rigby has been adding to their selection of restaurants offering more options to stay close to home. Gator Jacks has become a local favorite with a great atmosphere and tasty sandwiches.
It’s worth stopping into the unique shops down Rigby’s main street including the delicious Carmel Tree, and entertaining Abbotts Variety Store.
Parks and Recreation – There is plenty of recreation year round in Jefferson County. There are places to camp, fish, hunt, snow machine, and enjoy the privilege of being in the outdoors.
One of the main attractions is Jefferson Lake, which is also known as Rigby Lake to the locals. The Lake lies halfway between Idaho Falls and Rexburg just off of Highway 20. The spacious park includes 68 acres with a 40 acre lake open for swimming and non-motorized boating. The park has something for just about everyone, including a paved 1.2 mile pedestrian and bike path around the lake, playground equipment, volleyball nets, tennis courts, fishing opportunities, camping, and covered shelters.
Living – There are several advantages to choosing Jefferson County as your current residence, including the calm quiet lifestyle and low crime rate. Sitting halfway in between Rexburg and Idaho Falls provides you in close proximity to shopping and entertainment and yet distance from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Schools – There are 3 high schools in Jefferson County including, Rigby, Ririe and Jefferson High School.