Safest Places to Live in Idaho 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

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 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.

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 5,000 were not included in the list.

10 Safest Places in Idaho 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Weiser 5 369 0 0,00
2 Rexburg 29 109 6 0,21
3 Moscow 26 018 7 0,27
4 Fruitland 5 472 3 0,55
5 Rupert 5 791 4 0,69
6 Rathdrum 8 968 8 0,89
7 Preston 5 533 5 0,90
8 Lewiston 32 931 42 1,28
9 Middleton 8 395 11 1,31
10 Meridian 111 196 177 1,59

Crime Score in All Cities in Idaho 2021

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

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 – 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 Cottonwood 935 0 0,00
2 Bonners Ferry 2 606 1 0,38
3 Pinehurst 1 616 1 0,62
4 Osburn 1 549 1 0,65
5 Hagerman 883 1 1,13
6 Sun Valley 1 482 2 1,35
7 Ponderay 1 145 2 1,75
8 Challis 1 087 2 1,84
9 Wendell 2 707 5 1,85
10 Kellogg 2 117 4 1,89
11 Spirit Lake 2 596 5 1,93
12 Montpelier 2 514 5 1,99
13 Aberdeen 1 946 4 2,06
14 Bellevue 2 441 7 2,87
15 Priest River 1 868 6 3,21
16 Parma 2 152 7 3,25
17 Ketchum 2 843 12 4,22
18 Ashton 1 052 6 5,70

3,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Weiser 5 369 0 0,00
2 Rexburg 29 109 6 0,21
3 Shelley 4 423 1 0,23
4 Moscow 26 018 7 0,27
5 American Falls 4 354 2 0,46
6 Fruitland 5 472 3 0,55
7 Heyburn 3 460 2 0,58
8 Gooding 3 457 2 0,58
9 Rupert 5 791 4 0,69
10 Rigby 4 225 3 0,71
11 Rathdrum 8 968 8 0,89
12 Preston 5 533 5 0,90
13 St. Anthony 3 572 4 1,12
14 Kimberly 4 052 5 1,23
15 Middleton 8 395 11 1,31
16 Sandpoint 8 873 16 1,80
17 Grangeville 3 205 7 2,18
18 Soda Springs 3 029 7 2,31
19 Hailey 8 575 20 2,33
20 Chubbuck 15 490 37 2,39
21 Payette 7 535 23 3,05
22 Blackfoot 11 938 42 3,52
23 Jerome 11 921 42 3,52
24 Emmett 6 950 25 3,60
25 Buhl 4 440 16 3,60
26 McCall 3 541 13 3,67
27 Mountain Home 14 476 54 3,73
28 Garden City 12 033 53 4,40
29 Salmon 3 141 17 5,41

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lewiston 32 931 42 1,28
2 Meridian 111 196 177 1,59
3 Post Falls 35 649 68 1,91
4 Coeur d’Alene 52 256 132 2,53
5 Idaho Falls 62 088 172 2,77
6 Boise 231 314 649 2,81
7 Nampa 98 208 306 3,12
8 Caldwell 57 940 203 3,50
9 Twin Falls 50 463 201 3,98
10 Pocatello 56 514 233 4,12

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?

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