Since Rexburg’s incorporation in 1883, the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has played a major role in the town’s development.
Known to residents as “America’s family community,” Rexburg, Idaho, is home to a fast-growing population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormon Church). The city’s population, which is predominantly white and almost exclusively Mormon, has increased by nearly 50% since 2001. The expansion of LDS Church-owned institutions—such as Brigham Young Univerisity-Idaho, Rexburg’s top employer—is largely responsible for the city’s recent growth.
Due to the health-promoting practices of the LDS Church and Rexburg’s young population, Madison County (where Rexburg is located) was ranked as Idaho’s healthiest county from 2013 to 2015. But Rexburg is not immune to social, economic, and health issues.