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Safest Places to Live in Idaho 2020

EPF Last Update: March 7, 2020

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.

The violent crime rate in Idaho went up by 0.3% in the period from 2016 to 2017, but if we count crime ratio per 100,000 people, this was actually a 1.8% drop.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. 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 a population under 3,000.

20 Safest Places in Idaho 2020

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Rexburg2876550,17
2Shelley441220,45
3Moscow25339130,51
4Rathdrum850850,59
5Fruitland530840,75
6Heyburn336430,89
7Preston541171,29
8Middleton7762111,42
9Gooding343351,46
10Lewiston32949481,46
11Rigby407661,47
12Kimberly394361,52
13Meridian1037741651,59
14Hailey8334141,68
15Post Falls34144692,02
16Payette7430162,15
17Emmett6871152,18
18Rupert5845152,57
19Jerome11738312,64
20Mountain Home14220382,67

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Crime Score in All Cities in Idaho 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, 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 ElitePersonalFinance 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

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Cottonwood92600,00
2Montpelier251710,40
3Sun Valley144310,69
4Aberdeen194321,03
5Wilder174821,14
6Bonners Ferry261841,53
7Spirit Lake237852,10
8Bellevue236852,11
9Filer281362,13
10Ketchum277182,89
11Wendell269282,97
12Parma212383,77
13Kellogg2074136,27

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Shelley441220,45
2Rathdrum850850,59
3Fruitland530840,75
4Heyburn336430,89
5Preston541171,29
6Middleton7762111,42
7Gooding343351,46
8Rigby407661,47
9Kimberly394361,52
10Hailey8334141,68
11Payette7430162,15
12Emmett6871152,18
13Rupert5845152,57
14Soda Springs3036103,29
15Buhl4399153,41
16McCall3413133,81
17Grangeville3168154,73
18Salmon3103154,83

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Rexburg2876550,17
2Moscow25339130,51
3Jerome11738312,64
4Mountain Home14220382,67
5Blackfoot11910403,36
6Chubbuck14998553,67
7Garden City12025826,82

Over 30,000 Residents

RankCityPopulationTotal Number of CrimesCrime Score
1Lewiston32949481,46
2Meridian1037741651,59
3Post Falls34144692,02
4Boise2292656352,77
5Nampa953862682,81
6Caldwell559361833,27
7Idaho Falls616432063,34
8Coeur d’Alene516501883,64
9Pocatello553172093,78
10Twin Falls499082254,51

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the 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.

Thank you!

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