10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Idaho For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Idaho have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Idaho.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Idaho? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Idaho, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Idaho and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Idaho anyways?

To give you the places in Idaho which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Gem State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Idaho, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For Idaho, that meant a total of 22 cities.

Read on to see why Middleton is where all the families are headed, while Pocatello is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Idaho For 2019

Middleton, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,716
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 43.6%
More on Middleton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Middleton is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census, up from 2,978 in 2000. It is part of the Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Review Of Middleton by PurpBlue Gaming

hey i live in idaho Middleton and its true its boring

Rexburg, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,369
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Rexburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rexburg is a city in Madison County, Idaho, United States. The population was 25,484 at the 2010 census, up from 17,257 in 2000. The city is the county seat of Madison County and its largest city. Rexburg is the principal city of the Rexburg, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Fremont and Madison Counties. The city is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Moscow, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,833
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Spokane
Households with kids: 17.9%
More on Moscow: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Moscow is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

Rupert, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,738
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 41.0%
More on Rupert: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rupert is the county seat and largest city of Minidoka County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Burley Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census.

Hailey, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,097
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 37.7%
More on Hailey: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hailey is a city in and the county seat of Blaine County, in the Wood River Valley of the central part of the U.S. state of Idaho.

The city is named after John Hailey, a two-time Congressional delegate from the Idaho Territory.

Emmett, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,593
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 24.6%
More on Emmett: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Emmett is a city in Gem County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,557 at the 2010 census, up from 5,490 in 2000. It is the county seat and the only city in the county. Emmett is part of the BoiseNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,850
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 38.4%
More on Blackfoot: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blackfoot is a city in Bingham County, Idaho, United States. The population was 11,899 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Bingham County. Blackfoot boasts the largest potato industry in any one area, and is known as the “Potato Capital of the World.” It is the site of the Idaho Potato Museum, and the home of the world’s largest baked potato and potato chip. Blackfoot is also the location of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, which operates between Labor Day weekend and the following weekend.

Jerome, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,306
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 39.2%
More on Jerome: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 91,917
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Meridian: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the US state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739. Meridian is the state’s fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.

Review Of Meridian by Devon Long

I love Idaho and I’m so glad I live in meridian

Fruitland, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,062
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 37.7%
More on Fruitland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fruitland is a city in Payette County, Idaho, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 95 in the Treasure Valley of southwest Idaho, about 50 miles west of Boise on the border with Oregon. It is part of the Ontario Micropolitan Area. Fruitland is named after the apple orchards that surround the community, and its slogan is “The Big Apple of Idaho.”

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Idaho

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Idaho ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Idaho according to the data:

  1. Pocatello
  2. Coeur D’Alene
  3. Twin Falls

For more Idaho reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Idaho

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Middleton, ID 6,716 39
2 Rexburg, ID 27,369 59
3 Moscow, ID 24,833 73
4 Rupert, ID 5,738 46
5 Hailey, ID 8,097 47
6 Emmett, ID 6,593 42
7 Blackfoot, ID 11,850 65
8 Jerome, ID 11,306 55
9 Meridian, ID 91,917 43
10 Fruitland, ID 5,062 38
11 Caldwell, ID 51,634 63
12 Mountain Home, ID 13,867 34
13 Preston, ID 5,268 47
14 Rathdrum, ID 7,592 53
15 Nampa, ID 89,576 49
16 Payette, ID 7,366 58
17 Lewiston, ID 32,482 64
18 Idaho Falls, ID 59,414 61
19 Post Falls, ID 30,886 54
20 Twin Falls, ID 47,340 54
21 Coeur D’alene, ID 48,618 32
22 Pocatello, ID 54,658 71

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