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Safest Places to Live in Idaho ( 2017 Updated ! )

Idaho is located in the northwestern region of the United States. It is bordered by Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Oregon. Its northern part touches the Canadian province of British Columbia. This state’s nickname, the Gem State, indicates its reputation for gemstones and also numerous wilderness areas.

With slightly under 1.7 million residents, Idaho is the 39th most populous state. Its capital and the largest city is Boise, which is home to over 220,000 people. The territory of modern Idaho used to be a land of Native American people. After some turbulence, Idaho became a state relatively late, in 1890.

Idaho’s economy relies on manufacturing, agriculture, mining, forestry, and tourism. Idaho National Laboratory is the largest Department of Energy facility in the entire United States. Still, Idaho is best known for its potato crop, which is so big that it represents around 33% of the nationwide yield.

Unfortunately, the violent crime rate in Idaho went up by 7.9% in the period from 2015 to 2016, which is 5.9% per 100,000 people.

 

Ranking Criteria

Elite Personal Finance extracted data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States in 2016. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

 

20 Safest Places in Idaho 2017

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Salmon 3,019 0 0.00
2 Rexburg 28,112 9 0.32
3 Grangeville 3,156 2 0.63
4 Moscow 25,307 18 0.71
5 Preston 5,214 4 0.77
6 Gooding 3,497 3 0.86
7 Rigby 4,040 4 0.99
8 Rathdrum 7,681 8 1.04
9 Meridian 94,113 105 1.12
10 Weiser 5,281 6 1.14
11 Buhl 4,305 5 1.16
12 Lewiston 32,665 46 1.41
13 St. Anthony 3,423 5 1.46
14 Heyburn 3,250 5 1.54
15 Mountain Home 13,627 22 1.61
16 Fruitland 5,170 9 1.74
17 Orofino 3,056 6 1.96
18 Chubbuck 14,515 29 2.00
19 Kimberly 3,680 8 2.17
20 Post Falls 31,026 71 2.29

 

 

Crime Score in All Cities in Idaho

In case your city didn’t make it to top 20, you can take a look at our full list of Idaho cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why Elite Personal Finance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

– Under 3,000 Residents
– 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
– 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
– Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

 

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Filer 2,724 0 0.00
2 Spirit Lake 2,117 1 0.47
3 Aberdeen 1,915 1 0.52
4 Pinehurst 1,573 1 0.64
5 Sun Valley 1,426 1 0.70
6 Challis 1,032 1 0.97
7 Cottonwood 925 1 1.08
8 Priest River 1,761 2 1.14
9 Hagerman 866 1 1.15
10 Montpelier 2,493 3 1.20
11 Ponderay 1,138 2 1.76
12 Osburn 1,503 3 2.00
13 Soda Springs 2,921 6 2.05
14 Idaho City 472 1 2.12
15 Bellevue 2,296 5 2.18
16 Wendell 2,736 6 2.19
17 Kellogg 2,061 5 2.43
18 Shoshone 1,492 4 2.68
19 Bonners Ferry 2,549 7 2.75
20 Parma 2,101 6 2.86
21 Homedale 2,554 8 3.13
22 Kamiah 1,269 4 3.15
23 Wilder 1,640 6 3.66
24 Ketchum 2,732 10 3.66
25 Cascade 941 4 4.25

 

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Salmon 3,019 0 0.00
2 Grangeville 3,156 2 0.63
3 Preston 5,214 4 0.77
4 Gooding 3,497 3 0.86
5 Rigby 4,040 4 0.99
6 Rathdrum 7,681 8 1.04
7 Weiser 5,281 6 1.14
8 Buhl 4,305 5 1.16
9 St. Anthony 3,423 5 1.46
10 Heyburn 3,250 5 1.54
11 Fruitland 5,170 9 1.74
12 Orofino 3,056 6 1.96
13 Kimberly 3,680 8 2.17
14 American Falls 4,291 10 2.33
15 Rupert 5,736 14 2.44
16 Sandpoint 7,931 21 2.65
17 Hailey 8,175 23 2.81
18 Payette 7,360 27 3.67
19 Shelley 4,321 16 3.70
20 Emmett 6,617 25 3.78
21 McCall 3,139 14 4.46

 

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rexburg 28,112 9 0.32
2 Moscow 25,307 18 0.71
3 Mountain Home 13,627 22 1.61
4 Chubbuck 14,515 29 2.00
5 Jerome 11,234 42 3.74
6 Blackfoot 11,700 44 3.76
7 Garden City 11,667 76 6.51

 

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Meridian 94,113 105 1.12
2 Lewiston 32,665 46 1.41
3 Post Falls 31,026 71 2.29
4 Caldwell 52,792 131 2.48
5 Boise 220,749 657 2.98
6 Twin Falls 48,083 157 3.27
7 Coeur d’Alene 50,155 173 3.45
8 Nampa 91,520 332 3.63
9 Pocatello 54,462 207 3.80
10 Idaho Falls 59,615 253 4.24

 

 

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment. That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.

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