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Elevation tells us how high or low an area is in relation to sea level and is a key geographical statistic with many uses. The mean elevation of the United States is 2,500 feet (760 m), but many of the country’s biggest cities and urban locations are situated in low-lying coastal areas with elevations that tend to be lower than 500 feet (152 m). The elevation of Idaho Falls is 4,705 feet (1,434 m), meaning it's nearly twice as high as the national average and several thousand feet higher than the country's biggest cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
Idaho is the sixth highest state in America, trailing behind Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, and Nevada. It has an average elevation of 5,000 feet (1,520 m), which is double the national average. This means that the city of Idaho Falls is just a few hundred feet lower than the state average. The point with the highest elevation in all of Idaho is Borah Peak, a mountain in the Lost River Range, which has an elevation of 12,668 feet (3,861 m), while the lowest point in the state is the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers, which is situated at an elevation of 713 feet (217 m).
The highest city in all of Idaho is Island Park, which can be found in Fremont County and has an elevation of 6,290 feet (1,917 m). Elevation can vary quite widely among the major cities of Idaho. The state capital of Boise, for example, has an elevation of 2,730 feet (830 m), while another of the state’s biggest cities, Twin Falls, is situated much higher at an elevation of 3,743 feet (1,141 m). This means that Idaho Falls is actually one of the highest major cities in the entire state. Next read: Best Weekend Getaways in Idaho