These Are The 10 Safest Places In Idaho For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Idaho where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Idaho, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Rexburg.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Gem State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 26 cities in Idaho with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Idaho

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While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Idaho.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 198 crimes committed in Rexburg which had a reported population of 28,112. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.007 which translates into a 1 in 141 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 26 of the biggest cities in Idaho to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 26 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Idaho".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Rexburg. The most dangerous city in Idaho? Garden City, where residents had a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Rexburg

Rexburg, ID
Source: Public domain

Population: 28,112
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 672 (2nd safest)
More on Rexburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Taking the crown as the safest city in Idaho for 2018 is Rexburg -- a classic example of everything that makes Idaho great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 148.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 3,123 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

2. Preston

Preston, ID

Population: 5,214
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,476 (6th safest)
More on Preston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're thinking of moving to Idaho and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Preston -- the 2nd safest in the Gem State.

Preston is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 67.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Preston.

3. Weiser

Weiser, ID

Population: 5,281
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 113 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,325 (5th safest)
More on Weiser: PhotosReal Estate | Data

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Weiser ranks as the 3rd safest city in Idaho.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Weiser.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Fruitland

Fruitland, ID

Population: 5,170
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 174 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 870 (3rd safest)
More on Fruitland: 

You might be surprised to find Fruitland this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Fruitland is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Gem State boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 9th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Moscow

Moscow, ID

Population: 25,307
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,916 (11th safest)
More on Moscow: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Finishing just inside the top five is Moscow, ID.

You get what you pay for in Moscow -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,405 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Moscow residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Moscow in a heartbeat.

6. Meridian

Meridian, ID
Source: Public domain

Population: 94,113
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,548 (8th safest)
More on Meridian: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Meridian, the 6th safest city in Idaho.

The town of some 94113 people will have to try and continue to keep Meridian a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Meridian?

7. Hailey

Hailey, ID
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,175
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 281 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 489 (1st safest)
More on Hailey: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hailey is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Idaho.

It has 1 in 204.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 355 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Idaho.

8. Rupert

Rupert, ID

Population: 5,736
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 244 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,028 (4th safest)
More on Rupert: PhotosReal Estate | Data

The eighth safest city in Idaho for 2018 goes to Rupert. Let's see why.

There were only 14 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 59 property crimes to boot.

9. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, ID

Population: 13,627
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 161 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,893 (10th safest)
More on Mountain Home: PhotosReal Estate | Data

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Idaho, may we present Mountain Home as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Idaho, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

258 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 10th best in Idaho on a rate basis.

10. Rathdrum

Rathdrum, ID
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,681
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 104 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,499 (18th safest)
More on Rathdrum: PhotosReal Estate | Data

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Rathdrum.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Rathdrum residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 8 violent crimes and 192 property crimes in Rathdrum; that's really good for a place of 7681 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Gem State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Rexburg is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Idaho residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Idaho according to the data:

  1. Garden City
  2. Pocatello
  3. Blackfoot
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Idaho For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Rexburg, ID 1 2 28,112 32 672
Preston, ID 2 3 5,214 76 1,476
Weiser, ID 3 1 5,281 113 1,325
Fruitland, ID 4 - 5,170 174 870
Moscow, ID 5 6 25,307 71 1,916
Meridian, ID 6 4 94,113 111 1,548
Hailey, ID 7 7 8,175 281 489
Rupert, ID 8 9 5,736 244 1,028
Mountain Home, ID 9 10 13,627 161 1,893
Rathdrum, ID 10 12 7,681 104 2,499
Caldwell, ID 11 8 52,792 248 1,947
Post Falls, ID 12 13 31,026 228 2,446
Payette, ID 13 14 7,360 366 1,644
Emmett, ID 14 5 6,617 377 1,541
Twin Falls, ID 15 21 48,083 326 2,225
Boise, ID 16 17 220,749 297 2,325
Sandpoint, ID 17 11 7,931 264 2,736
Lewiston, ID 18 19 32,665 140 4,071
Jerome, ID 19 15 11,234 373 1,949
Chubbuck, ID 20 16 14,515 199 3,809
Coeur D'alene, ID 21 22 50,155 344 2,827
Nampa, ID 22 20 91,520 362 2,887
Idaho Falls, ID 23 18 59,615 424 2,293
Blackfoot, ID 24 24 11,700 376 3,085
Pocatello, ID 25 23 54,462 380 2,992
Garden City, ID 26 25 11,667 651 3,668

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