Safest Places to Live in Idaho 2020

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Last Update: June 7, 2020 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 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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rexburg 28765 5 0,17
2 Shelley 4412 2 0,45
3 Moscow 25339 13 0,51
4 Rathdrum 8508 5 0,59
5 Fruitland 5308 4 0,75
6 Heyburn 3364 3 0,89
7 Preston 5411 7 1,29
8 Middleton 7762 11 1,42
9 Gooding 3433 5 1,46
10 Lewiston 32949 48 1,46
11 Rigby 4076 6 1,47
12 Kimberly 3943 6 1,52
13 Meridian 103774 165 1,59
14 Hailey 8334 14 1,68
15 Post Falls 34144 69 2,02
16 Payette 7430 16 2,15
17 Emmett 6871 15 2,18
18 Rupert 5845 15 2,57
19 Jerome 11738 31 2,64
20 Mountain Home 14220 38 2,67

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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

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cottonwood 926 0 0,00
2 Montpelier 2517 1 0,40
3 Sun Valley 1443 1 0,69
4 Aberdeen 1943 2 1,03
5 Wilder 1748 2 1,14
6 Bonners Ferry 2618 4 1,53
7 Spirit Lake 2378 5 2,10
8 Bellevue 2368 5 2,11
9 Filer 2813 6 2,13
10 Ketchum 2771 8 2,89
11 Wendell 2692 8 2,97
12 Parma 2123 8 3,77
13 Kellogg 2074 13 6,27

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Shelley 4412 2 0,45
2 Rathdrum 8508 5 0,59
3 Fruitland 5308 4 0,75
4 Heyburn 3364 3 0,89
5 Preston 5411 7 1,29
6 Middleton 7762 11 1,42
7 Gooding 3433 5 1,46
8 Rigby 4076 6 1,47
9 Kimberly 3943 6 1,52
10 Hailey 8334 14 1,68
11 Payette 7430 16 2,15
12 Emmett 6871 15 2,18
13 Rupert 5845 15 2,57
14 Soda Springs 3036 10 3,29
15 Buhl 4399 15 3,41
16 McCall 3413 13 3,81
17 Grangeville 3168 15 4,73
18 Salmon 3103 15 4,83

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Rexburg 28765 5 0,17
2 Moscow 25339 13 0,51
3 Jerome 11738 31 2,64
4 Mountain Home 14220 38 2,67
5 Blackfoot 11910 40 3,36
6 Chubbuck 14998 55 3,67
7 Garden City 12025 82 6,82

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lewiston 32949 48 1,46
2 Meridian 103774 165 1,59
3 Post Falls 34144 69 2,02
4 Boise 229265 635 2,77
5 Nampa 95386 268 2,81
6 Caldwell 55936 183 3,27
7 Idaho Falls 61643 206 3,34
8 Coeur d’Alene 51650 188 3,64
9 Pocatello 55317 209 3,78
10 Twin Falls 49908 225 4,51

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.

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