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
  2. Jerome
  3. Rexburg
  4. Emmett
  5. Blackfoot
  6. Idaho Falls
  7. Weiser
  8. Chubbuck
  9. Mountain Home
  10. Twin Falls

Why did Rupert take the top spot? And where are Nampa and Meridian? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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: 5,583
Cost 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.

2. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

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Population: 11,046
Cost 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.

3. Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,301
Cost 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.

4. Emmett

Emmett, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,546
Cost 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.

5. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,891
Cost 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

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,935
Cost 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.

7. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,407
Cost 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.

8. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117
Cost 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

Mountain Home, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,871
Cost 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

Twin Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,362
Cost 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:

  • Lewiston
  • Sandpoint
  • Post Falls

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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 5,583 82 153 2,901
Jerome 2 11,046 83 186 2,417
Rexburg 3 26,301 102 209 866
Emmett 4 6,546 91 240 1,344
Blackfoot 5 11,891 87 167 2,834
Idaho Falls 6 57,935 92 186 2,810
Weiser 7 5,407 84 230 1,886
Chubbuck 8 14,117 96 149 4,972
Mountain Home 9 13,871 91 250 2,126
Twin Falls 10 45,362 91 177 3,467
Payette 11 7,447 87 239 2,430
Meridian 12 81,025 106 253 1,550
Hailey 13 7,961 111 222 1,092
Nampa 14 84,660 88 259 3,166
Caldwell 15 48,114 87 257 3,196
Moscow 16 24,406 103 66 2,929
Preston 17 5,172 95 90 1,295
Rathdrum 18 7,046 98 32 2,114
Coeur D’Alene 19 45,848 103 34 4,495
Post Falls 20 28,786 99 28 3,098
Sandpoint 21 7,497 101 64 3,534
Lewiston 22 32,178 96 88 3,704

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