Idaho’s
Safest Cities

2019

Idaho is known for its beautiful farmland, plentiful crops, and even precious gems. In fact, it’s known as the “Gem State” for having over 70 types of precious stones throughout the state. Aside from gems, Idaho grows about a third of potatoes in the United States, and it’s been referred to as the “Lentil Capital of the World” for all of its lentil production. And believe it or not, it also has a canyon even deeper than the Grand Canyon, the 7,900 feet deep Hells Canyon. But aside from agriculture and natural formations, Idaho is loved for its kind people, so much so that the people of Pocatello, Idaho are legally required to smile in public. It’s also illegal to fish while riding the back of a camel in Idaho, but that’s a story for another day.

So if you’re in Idaho, what are some must-sees? Of course, I can’t write them all here, but here are a few top destinations:

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve: Campgrounds carved out of a dormant volcanic area, this United States National Monument and preserve sits in the Snake River Plain in the middle of the state at 5,900 feet above sea level.
  • Oregon Trail: Sure, you may have played the computer game, but the actual historic trail has views even more scenic.
  • Silverwood Theme Park: For a day with the family, visit the largest theme park in the Northwest with over 65 rides, a water park, many places to eat and even a place to park your RV!

Whether you are planning a visit to Idaho or moving there for whatever reason, it’s certainly a good thing that you’ve come across this list of Idaho’s safest cities. Our number one pick is Rexburg, a city with a population of 28,698 and a median income of $26,341. Despite the below national-average median income, this city has only .38 violent crimes per 1,000 and only 6.13 property crimes for the same number of people, down from the previous year. It’s clear that the officers in Rexburg are doing a great job keeping the city safe. Other safest cities include Hailey, Fruitland, and Meridian.

2.264

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

1.25
This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.
16.354

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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To learn about how we came to our choices, scroll all the way down to the bottom for a complete methodology. Otherwise, sit back, relax and read to learn about the safest cities in Idaho!

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Rexburg, Idaho
Rexburg
Safety Score: 87.8

Rexburg, ID

Population 28,698
Median Income 26,341
Households 7,942
Violent Crime 0.38
Violent Crime +0.06
Property Crimes 6.13
Property Crime -0.59

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Hailey, Idaho
Hailey
Safety Score: 87.35

Hailey, ID

Population 8,267
Median Income 54,330
Households 2,669
Violent Crime 1.57
Violent Crime -1.24
Property Crimes 5.32
Property Crime 0.43

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Fruitland, Idaho
Fruitland
Safety Score: 86.97

Fruitland, ID

Population 5,205
Median Income 46,190
Households 1,936
Violent Crime 0.58
Violent Crime -1.16
Property Crimes 7.3
Property Crime -1.4

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Middleton, Idaho
Middleton
Safety Score: 85.55

Middleton, ID

Population 7,486
Median Income 43,462
Households 2,222
Violent Crime 0.94
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 8.42
Property Crime NAN

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Rathdrum, Idaho
Rathdrum
Safety Score: 83.18

Rathdrum, ID

Population 8,113
Median Income 53,024
Households 2,720
Violent Crime 1.97
Violent Crime +0.93
Property Crimes 10.97
Property Crime -14.03

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Preston, Idaho
Preston
Safety Score: 82.79

Preston, ID

Population 5,372
Median Income 42,321
Households 1,929
Violent Crime 1.86
Violent Crime +1.09
Property Crimes 10.8
Property Crime -3.97

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Meridian, Idaho
Meridian
Safety Score: 80.48

Meridian, ID

Population 99,241
Median Income 64,375
Households 33,201
Violent Crime 1.5
Violent Crime +0.38
Property Crimes 15
Property Crime -0.48

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Emmett, Idaho
Emmett
Safety Score: 80.16

Emmett, ID

Population 6,747
Median Income 35,465
Households 2,697
Violent Crime 3.41
Violent Crime -0.37
Property Crimes 12.89
Property Crime -2.52

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Rupert, Idaho
Rupert
Safety Score: 79.6

Rupert, ID

Population 5,849
Median Income 35,510
Households 2,101
Violent Crime 2.22
Violent Crime -0.22
Property Crimes 15.9
Property Crime 5.61

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Mountain Home, Idaho
Mountain Ho.
Safety Score: 79.22

Mountain Home, ID

Population 13,772
Median Income 48,625
Households 5,344
Violent Crime 2.25
Violent Crime +0.64
Property Crimes 16.48
Property Crime -2.45

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Payette, Idaho
Payette
Safety Score: 76.62

Payette, ID

Population 7,405
Median Income 50,300
Households 2,927
Violent Crime 2.43
Violent Crime -1.24
Property Crimes 19.45
Property Crime 3.01

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Caldwell, Idaho
Caldwell
Safety Score: 76.46

Caldwell, ID

Population 54,345
Median Income 43,269
Households 16,204
Violent Crime 2.56
Violent Crime +0.08
Property Crimes 19.51
Property Crime 0.04

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
Idaho Falls
Safety Score: 76.32

Idaho Falls, ID

Population 60,727
Median Income 49,098
Households 21,724
Violent Crime 3.54
Violent Crime -0.7
Property Crimes 18.48
Property Crime -4.45

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Jerome, Idaho
Jerome
Safety Score: 74.96

Jerome, ID

Population 11,380
Median Income 39,115
Households 3,866
Violent Crime 2.37
Violent Crime -1.37
Property Crimes 21.97
Property Crime 2.48

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Post Falls, Idaho
Post Falls
Safety Score: 74.89

Post Falls, ID

Population 32,583
Median Income 50,683
Households 11,875
Violent Crime 1.99
Violent Crime -0.3
Property Crimes 22.59
Property Crime -1.87

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Moscow, Idaho
Moscow
Safety Score: 73.91

Moscow, ID

Population 25,576
Median Income 35,979
Households 9,902
Violent Crime 1.33
Violent Crime +0.62
Property Crimes 24.75
Property Crime 5.59

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Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Coeur D'Ale.
Safety Score: 73.45

Coeur D'Alene, ID

Population 51,364
Median Income n/a
Households n/a
Violent Crime 3.84
Violent Crime NAN
Property Crimes 22.23
Property Crime NAN

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Boise, Idaho
Boise
Safety Score: 72.81

Boise, ID

Population 225,677
Median Income 54,547
Households 88,929
Violent Crime 2.79
Violent Crime -0.19
Property Crimes 24.45
Property Crime 1.19

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Nampa, Idaho
Nampa
Safety Score: 71.46

Nampa, ID

Population 93,064
Median Income 43,058
Households 30,661
Violent Crime 2.84
Violent Crime -0.79
Property Crimes 26.38
Property Crime -2.5

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Lewiston, Idaho
Lewiston
Safety Score: 71

Lewiston, ID

Population 33,029
Median Income 50,653
Households 13,527
Violent Crime 1.6
Violent Crime +0.19
Property Crimes 28.55
Property Crime -12.17

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Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls
Safety Score: 70.29

Twin Falls, ID

Population 48,912
Median Income 46,283
Households 17,692
Violent Crime 4.29
Violent Crime +1.02
Property Crimes 26.31
Property Crime 4.06

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Blackfoot, Idaho
Blackfoot
Safety Score: 69.6

Blackfoot, ID

Population 11,870
Median Income 43,007
Households 4,339
Violent Crime 3.45
Violent Crime -0.31
Property Crimes 28.64
Property Crime -2.21

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Pocatello, Idaho
Pocatello
Safety Score: 68.08

Pocatello, ID

Population 54,814
Median Income 42,979
Households 20,549
Violent Crime 4.43
Violent Crime +0.63
Property Crimes 29.35
Property Crime -0.58

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Garden City, Idaho
Garden City
Safety Score: 66.99

Garden City, ID

Population 11,708
Median Income 43,656
Households 5,386
Violent Crime 5.64
Violent Crime -0.87
Property Crimes 29.64
Property Crime -7.04

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How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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