These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Idaho


We analyzed over 22 places in Idaho to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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:

  1. Rupert (Photos)
  2. Moscow (Photos)
  3. Jerome
  4. Rexburg (Photos)
  5. Blackfoot (Photos)
  6. Emmett (Photos)
  7. Idaho Falls (Photos)
  8. Preston (Photos)
  9. Weiser (Photos)
  10. Rathdrum

Why did Rupert take the top spot? And where are Meridian and Nampa?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Idaho.

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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.

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1. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,702
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 153 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,841
Rupert ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th place safety rank.

2. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,855
Cost Of Living: 103
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,876
Moscow ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.

3. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,140
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 186 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,396
Jerome ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 2nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 9th place safety rank.

4. Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,114
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 209 miles
Crime Per 100k: 840
Rexburg ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 18th place rank for cost of living and it’s 1st place safety rank.

5. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,878
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 167 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,837
Blackfoot ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 5th place rank for cost of living and it’s 12th place safety rank.

6. Emmett

Emmett, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,590
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 240 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,335
Emmett ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 9th place rank for cost of living and it’s 4th place safety rank.

7. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,933
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 186 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,762
Idaho Falls ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 11th place rank for cost of living and it’s 11th place safety rank.

8. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,252
Cost Of Living: 95
Distance to Closest Airport: 90 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,275
Preston ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 12th place rank for cost of living and it’s 3rd place safety rank.

9. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 230 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,906
Weiser ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 3rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 6th place safety rank.

10. Rathdrum

Rathdrum, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,357
Cost Of Living: 98
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,025
Rathdrum ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 15th place rank for cost of living and it’s 7th 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:

  • Lewiston
  • Sandpoint
  • Caldwell

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Idaho

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Rupert 1 5,702 82 153 2,841
Moscow 2 24,855 103 66 2,876
Jerome 3 11,140 83 186 2,396
Rexburg 4 27,114 102 209 840
Blackfoot 5 11,878 87 167 2,837
Emmett 6 6,590 91 240 1,335
Idaho Falls 7 58,933 92 186 2,762
Preston 8 5,252 95 90 1,275
Weiser 9 5,350 84 230 1,906
Rathdrum 10 7,357 98 32 2,025
Chubbuck 11 14,326 96 149 4,900
Coeur D’Alene 12 47,842 103 34 4,307
Twin Falls 13 46,623 91 177 3,373
Mountain Home 14 13,823 91 250 2,134
Post Falls 15 30,157 99 28 2,957
Payette 16 7,402 87 239 2,445
Meridian 17 88,247 106 253 1,423
Nampa 18 87,896 88 259 3,050
Hailey 19 8,058 111 222 1,079
Caldwell 20 50,288 87 257 3,058
Sandpoint 21 7,698 101 64 3,442
Lewiston 22 32,484 96 88 3,669

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