These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Idaho For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Idaho are the best of the best.

Join HomeSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Data updated for 2018.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.
Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Idaho, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Gem State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Idaho based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Idaho ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Idaho for 2018:

  1. Tyhee (Homes For Sale)
  2. Ketchum (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Dalton Gardens (Homes For Sale)
  4. Iona (Homes For Sale)
  5. Lincoln (Homes For Sale)
  6. Grangeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sun Valley (Homes For Sale)
  8. Soda Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Robie Creek (Homes For Sale)
  10. Sugar City (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Tyhee, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Gem State check out:

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Idaho

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 59 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 59, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Idaho. Top of that list — Tyhee.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Idaho.

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

1. Tyhee


Population: 1,066
Median Income: $80,750 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $237,200 (5th Best)
More on Tyhee: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Ketchum

Ketchum, ID

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,719
Median Income: $51,119 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $584,900 (2nd Best)
More on Ketchum: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. Dalton Gardens


Population: 2,356
Median Income: $67,625 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $296,300 (3rd Best)
More on Dalton Gardens: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Iona


Population: 2,266
Median Income: $62,240 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,200 (12th Best)
More on Iona: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Lincoln


Population: 2,808
Median Income: $54,766 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,800 (13th Best)
More on Lincoln: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Grangeville

Grangeville, ID

Population: 3,153
Median Income: $41,432 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,300 (24th Best)
More on Grangeville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

7. Sun Valley


Population: 1,398
Median Income: $61,125 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $840,000 (1st Best)
More on Sun Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Soda Springs

Soda Springs, ID

Population: 2,963
Median Income: $51,875 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $116,300 (34th Best)
More on Soda Springs: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Robie Creek


Population: 1,570
Median Income: $95,368 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $202,300 (7th Best)
More on Robie Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Sugar City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,471
Median Income: $46,875 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $161,200 (14th Best)
More on Sugar City: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Groveland


Population: 1,007
Median Income: $54,943 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $173,900 (10th Best)
More on Groveland: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Mccall


Population: 3,034
Median Income: $49,414 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $237,900 (4th Best)
More on Mccall: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Kimberly


Population: 3,528
Median Income: $47,639 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $144,900 (17th Best)
More on Kimberly: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Ucon


Population: 1,251
Median Income: $49,583 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,200 (19th Best)
More on Ucon: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Shelley

Shelley, ID

Population: 4,372
Median Income: $52,820 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $132,500 (22nd Best)
More on Shelley: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

16. Fruitland

Fruitland, ID

Population: 4,967
Median Income: $47,875 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,500 (21st Best)
More on Fruitland: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Moreland


Population: 1,520
Median Income: $61,193 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,000 (11th Best)
More on Moreland: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Bellevue

Bellevue, ID

Population: 2,352
Median Income: $45,370 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $227,600 (6th Best)
More on Bellevue: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

19. Paul


Population: 1,367
Median Income: $47,216 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $113,800 (35th Best)
More on Paul: Data| Homes For Sale

20. American Falls

American Falls, ID

Population: 4,351
Median Income: $43,688 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $124,100 (27th Best)
More on American Falls: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Idaho are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Idaho:

  1. Homedale
  2. Wilder
  3. Marsing

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Idaho

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Tyhee 1,066 $80,750 $237,200
2 Ketchum 2,719 $51,119 $584,900
3 Dalton Gardens 2,356 $67,625 $296,300
4 Iona 2,266 $62,240 $166,200
5 Lincoln 2,808 $54,766 $163,800
6 Grangeville 3,153 $41,432 $130,300
7 Sun Valley 1,398 $61,125 $840,000
8 Soda Springs 2,963 $51,875 $116,300
9 Robie Creek 1,570 $95,368 $202,300
10 Sugar City 1,471 $46,875 $161,200
11 Groveland 1,007 $54,943 $173,900
12 Mccall 3,034 $49,414 $237,900
13 Kimberly 3,528 $47,639 $144,900
14 Ucon 1,251 $49,583 $137,200
15 Shelley 4,372 $52,820 $132,500
16 Fruitland 4,967 $47,875 $136,500
17 Moreland 1,520 $61,193 $170,000
18 Bellevue 2,352 $45,370 $227,600
19 Paul 1,367 $47,216 $113,800
20 American Falls 4,351 $43,688 $124,100
21 Rigby 4,028 $32,863 $120,900
22 Ashton 1,041 $38,869 $116,800
23 St. Maries 2,323 $40,817 $137,100
24 St. Anthony 3,488 $42,218 $107,700
25 Pinehurst 1,766 $35,370 $151,200
26 Malad City 2,040 $35,043 $122,300
27 Osburn 1,579 $41,250 $98,200
28 Wendell 2,708 $41,896 $109,000
29 Filer 2,640 $44,925 $126,700
30 Greenleaf 1,530 $50,000 $110,000
31 Bonners Ferry 2,476 $31,094 $131,800
32 Heyburn 3,187 $44,753 $108,100
33 Montpelier 2,519 $36,780 $113,400
34 Oakley 1,000 $46,458 $111,100
35 Victor 2,364 $53,621 $186,600
36 Salmon 3,059 $24,216 $125,300
37 Hansen 1,357 $34,677 $101,100
38 Kellogg 2,279 $36,563 $102,500
39 Driggs 1,839 $44,565 $181,400
40 Orofino 3,060 $36,864 $120,300
41 Hagerman 1,100 $31,840 $108,500
42 Buhl 4,243 $34,632 $87,400
43 Teton 1,038 $43,750 $116,500
44 Priest River 1,639 $35,096 $123,900
45 Aberdeen 2,167 $37,253 $89,400
46 New Plymouth 1,931 $33,030 $87,000
47 Lapwai 1,202 $39,922 $94,500
48 Parma 2,228 $32,898 $90,400
49 Glenns Ferry 1,184 $26,810 $91,500
50 Shoshone 1,494 $37,875 $107,600
51 Spirit Lake 2,269 $40,909 $140,000
52 Kamiah 1,255 $31,797 $108,200
53 Gooding 3,494 $27,055 $81,100
54 Riverside 1,114 $47,317 $159,200
55 Plummer 1,119 $39,531 $108,200
56 Fort Hall 3,617 $38,429 $110,200
57 Marsing 1,536 $27,047 $103,000
58 Wilder 1,405 $34,408 $75,600
59 Homedale 2,593 $27,983 $81,100

Like HomeSnacks on Facebook: