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Safest Cities in Idaho

  • Population

    1,750,536

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $10,358

  • Avg Household Income

    $52,169

  • Cost of Living

    20.00%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    0.7

  • Property Crime Rate

    12.79

  • Primary Care Ranking

    50

  • Mental Health Provider

    32

Idaho is the 13th-largest state by land area in the U.S. and has a population of over 1.7 million people. Famed for its rugged mountains, scenic lakes and wide-open spaces, Idaho is ideal for those who love the great outdoors. 

Visitors can take advantage of many state parks, as well as kayaking, mountain biking and hiking activities. Cutting through Idaho is the historic Oregon Trail and even part of Yellowstone National Park. Known as The Gem State for its precious stone mining, Idaho also has thriving agriculture, timber and manufacturing industries

If you’re curious about the best places to live in Idaho, safety may be one of your top concerns. Let’s take a look at which of Idaho’s cities are the safest. 

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Idaho

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

12 Safest Cities in Idaho

No. 1 Ketchum

Located in Blaine County Ketchum is a suburban town with a small population. Despite its small size, the city is a popular tourist destination for skiers who are visiting the area, thanks to its proximity to the Sun Valley Resort. Ketchum has the highest cost of living on this list but also some of the lowest crime and unemployment rates, making it a great place to live.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

71 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)3.608805 (12th)3.608805 (12th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
14592 (1st)69107 (1st)0.01 (12th)0.09 (10th)0.051 (3rd)0 (12th)

No. 2 Chubbuck

Chubbuck is a city located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in southeastern Idaho. Along with its sister town, Pocatello, Chubbuck offers plenty of hiking trails, fishing activities and watersports in the Portneuf River. The town has very low crime rates and a reasonable cost of living.  

97 out of 100

Public Safety

67 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.666756 (9th)0.666756 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10164 (6th)59148 (3rd)0.051 (5th)0.099 (9th)0.033 (4th)0.174 (11th)

No. 3 Lewiston

Lewiston is located in Nez Perce County in northwestern Idaho. It sits beside the Snake River and along the border to Washington state. Originally established as a gold mining town in the 19th century, Lewiston has plenty of historical sites to visit, including the Lewis and Clark Discovery Center and the Nez Perce National Historical Park. 

97 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.606999 (8th)0.606999 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8640 (11th)51887 (5th)0.044 (7th)0.108 (8th)0.024 (7th)0.445 (5th)

No. 4 Idaho Falls

Located beside the winding Snake River in southeastern Idaho Idaho Falls is known for its scenic landscapes. The Idaho Falls River Walk is one of its popular tours, and the city is located close to Yellowstone National Park, making it great for tourists to visit.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

63 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.324449 (5th)0.324449 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8976 (10th)50482 (6th)0.043 (8th)0.131 (5th)0.016 (10th)0.307 (8th)

No. 5 Twin Falls

Twin Falls is a city located in Twin Falls County, which is in southern Idaho. Twin Falls is home to the Shoshone Falls, sometimes described as the Niagara of the West, and the Auger Falls of the Snake River. Visitors and residents of Twin Falls can also take in the 7 mile long Canyon Rim Trail, which makes this city a great place for lovers of the outdoors.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

61 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.601106 (7th)0.601106 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9516 (8th)48876 (8th)0.031 (9th)0.121 (7th)0.029 (5th)0.61 (3rd)

No. 6 Coeur dAlene

Coeur dAleneCoeur dAlene is located near the border of Washington in northwest Idaho. It is home to the 26 mile Lake Coeur dAlene, which is the second largest lake in northern Idaho. Although Coeur dAlene is one of the more expensive cities on this list, the low crime rates make it an appealing spot.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.580833 (6th)0.580833 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11544 (3rd)48893 (7th)0.058 (4th)0.13 (6th)0.025 (6th)0.314 (7th)

No. 7 Pocatello

Known as the Gateway to the Northwest Pocatello is a popular place to live in Idaho, in part thanks to its relatively low cost of living. Pocatello has a population of over 56,000 people, and the town has 32 parks to explore, as well as historical sites such as the Fort Hall Replica and Museum of Natural History. 

89 out of 100

Public Safety

58 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.180819 (3th)0.180819 (3th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7812 (12th)44171 (10th)0.064 (3rd)0.141 (3rd)0.017 (9th)0.248 (9th)

No. 8 Nampa

Nampa is located in the Boise Nampa Metro area, just 20 miles from the state capital. A suburban town with a large population of over 91,000 people, Nampa has plenty of parks to explore, including the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, which sits beside Lake Lowell. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

43 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.209674 (4th)0.209674 (4th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10488 (5th)44691 (9th)0.065 (2nd)0.141 (3rd)0.022 (8th)0.582 (4th)

No. 9 Jerome

Jerome is a small suburban city in southern Idaho, and is located just a few miles north of Twin Falls. Visitors and residents of Jerome only have a short trip to attractions such as Auger Falls and the Snake River Canyon. The city benefits from a low cost of living and a low unemployment rate.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

42 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.851934 (10th)0.851934 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9288 (9th)39895 (12th)0.028 (11th)0.233 (1st)0.058 (2nd)0.893 (1st)

No. 10 Filer

Filer is a small town in Twin Falls County, located west of Twin Falls. With a population of just under 3,000 residents, Filer has relatively low crime rates compared to other Idaho cities, though it does boast a higher hate crime rate than most of the cities on this list. Like other towns on the outskirts of Twin Falls, Filer is close to popular sites such as Auger Falls and the Snake River Canyon.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

39 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)3.554924 (11th)3.554924 (11th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9816 (7th)43953 (11th)0.069 (1st)0.169 (2nd)0.08 (1st)0.623 (2nd)

No. 11 Meridan

Meridan is a suburb of the state capital of Boise. With over 114,000 residents, Meridian is one of the most populous cities in Idaho. Meridian offers plenty of outdoor activities, such as water rafting and hiking, as well as family friendly attractions such as the Roaring Springs Water Park. 

42 out of 100

Public Safety

72 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.276351 (11th)5.396342 (11th)55.02342 (11th)0.096363 (1st)0.096363 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12540 (2nd)68131 (2nd)0.031 (9th)0.058 (12th)0.016 (10th)0.181 (10th)

No. 12 Boise

Boise the largest city in Idaho, is also the state capital. Lying along the Boise River, the city offers plenty of attractions to visit. There is the Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site, Basque Museum and the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, which is a popular skiing site. Although Boise has slightly higher crime rates than others on the list, it is still one of the safer cities in Idaho.

27 out of 100

Public Safety

62 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.103265 (12th)8.636294 (12th)98.40141 (12th)0.174471 (2nd)0.174471 (2nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10920 (4th)56798 (4th)0.046 (6th)0.089 (11th)0.01 (12th)0.328 (6th)

Idaho State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Idaho is one of the safer states for natural disaster risk and is listed at 21st in the U.S. Idaho has experienced a total of 40 natural disasters since the tracking of natural disasters began in 1953. 

The natural disasters most likely to affect Idaho are wildfires, flooding, earthquakes or volcanic eruption. Some of the most notable natural disasters in the area include the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, which plunged Idaho into darkness from the resulting ash clouds. In 1983, the Borah Quake hit Idaho as one of the most powerful earthquakes in North America, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.

21

Natural Disaster


Health Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common cause of death in Idaho is heart disease, followed by cancer and respiratory diseases. Regarding drug-related deaths, Idaho is one of the safer cities, ranking at 15th in the U.S. The air pollution in Idaho is also fairly low, with the state ranked as 15th in the country for air pollution levels

Unfortunately, Idaho scores very low for the number of primary care physicians available to residents. The state is ranked as 50th in the country, with an average of just 96.6 physicians per 100,000 people. However, Idaho fairs slightly better in terms of mental health providers, ranking in the middle of the pack at 32nd in the country.

16 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 12 Safest Cities in Idaho

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank