When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Idaho.
But where exactly in Idaho? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Idaho that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Rupert don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Gem State to retire:
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Gem State
To create our list of the best places in Idaho to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Gem State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 22 places from across the state.
For these 22, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 22, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Rupert, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 5,583Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 153 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,901
Rupert ranked 1 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.
Population: 11,046Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 186 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,417
Jerome ranked 2 overall thanks to its 2 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.
Population: 26,301Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 209 miles
Crime Per 100k: 866
Rexburg ranked 3 overall thanks to its 18 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.
Population: 6,546Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 240 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,344
Emmett ranked 4 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.
Population: 11,891Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 167 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,834
Blackfoot ranked 5 overall thanks to its 5 place rank for cost of living and 12 place safety rank.
6. Idaho Falls
Population: 57,935Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 186 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,810
Idaho Falls ranked 6 overall thanks to its 11 place rank for cost of living and 11 place safety rank.
Population: 5,407Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 230 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,886
Weiser ranked 7 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
Population: 14,117Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 149 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,972
Chubbuck ranked 8 overall thanks to its 13 place rank for cost of living and 22 place safety rank.
9. Mountain Home
Population: 13,871Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 250 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,126
Mountain Home ranked 9 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 8 place safety rank.
10. Twin Falls
Population: 45,362Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 177 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,467
Twin Falls ranked 10 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Idaho goes to Rupert.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Post Falls
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