These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Idaho For 2019


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

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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 2019:

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

If you live in one of these small towns like Ketchum, 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:

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 – 56 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 56, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Idaho. Top of that list — Ketchum.

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

Ketchum, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,718
Median Income: $68,629 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $564,700 (2nd Best)
More on Ketchum: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,156
Median Income: $82,083 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $228,100 (5th Best)
More on Tyhee: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,579
Median Income: $70,370 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $331,900 (3rd Best)
More on Dalton Gardens: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,409
Median Income: $69,293 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $171,000 (11th Best)
More on Iona: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,331
Median Income: $60,710 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $158,800 (14th Best)
More on Lincoln: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,115
Median Income: $50,000 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $212,900 (7th Best)
More on Mccall: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,661
Median Income: $99,792 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $197,900 (9th Best)
More on Robie Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Grangeville, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,153
Median Income: $42,431 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $134,900 (23rd Best)
More on Grangeville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,252
Median Income: $54,145 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,000 (19th Best)
More on Ucon: Data | Homes For Sale

Soda Springs, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,977
Median Income: $57,250 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $117,000 (35th Best)
More on Soda Springs: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,262
Median Income: $62,250 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $201,800 (8th Best)
More on Moreland: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,521
Median Income: $40,417 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,500 (12th Best)
More on Sugar City: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,426
Median Income: $59,783 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $904,900 (1st Best)
More on Sun Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,637
Median Income: $49,987 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $156,300 (15th Best)
More on Kimberly: Data | Homes For Sale

Bellevue, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,551
Median Income: $61,667 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,200 (4th Best)
More on Bellevue: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,685
Median Income: $44,643 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $133,200 (24th Best)
More on Filer: Data | Homes For Sale

Shelley, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,346
Median Income: $56,563 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $135,600 (22nd Best)
More on Shelley: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,618
Median Income: $42,689 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,300 (17th Best)
More on St. Maries: Data | Homes For Sale

American Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,324
Median Income: $44,213 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $118,600 (32nd Best)
More on American Falls: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

St. Anthony, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,488
Median Income: $43,375 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $112,900 (38th Best)
More on St. Anthony: 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. Marsing
  2. Homedale
  3. Plummer

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Idaho

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Ketchum 2,718 $68,629.0 $564,700.0
2 Tyhee 1,156 $82,083.0 $228,100.0
3 Dalton Gardens 2,579 $70,370.0 $331,900.0
4 Iona 2,409 $69,293.0 $171,000.0
5 Lincoln 3,331 $60,710.0 $158,800.0
6 Mccall 3,115 $50,000.0 $212,900.0
7 Robie Creek 1,661 $99,792.0 $197,900.0
8 Grangeville 3,153 $42,431.0 $134,900.0
9 Ucon 1,252 $54,145.0 $140,000.0
10 Soda Springs 2,977 $57,250.0 $117,000.0
11 Moreland 1,262 $62,250.0 $201,800.0
12 Sugar City 1,521 $40,417.0 $167,500.0
13 Sun Valley 1,426 $59,783.0 $904,900.0
14 Kimberly 3,637 $49,987.0 $156,300.0
15 Bellevue 2,551 $61,667.0 $240,200.0
16 Filer 2,685 $44,643.0 $133,200.0
17 Shelley 4,346 $56,563.0 $135,600.0
18 St. Maries 2,618 $42,689.0 $148,300.0
19 American Falls 4,324 $44,213.0 $118,600.0
20 St. Anthony 3,488 $43,375.0 $112,900.0
21 Paul 1,265 $45,789.0 $117,600.0
22 Rigby 4,018 $43,279.0 $122,500.0
23 Malad City 2,079 $38,980.0 $127,900.0
24 Driggs 1,991 $53,779.0 $179,800.0
25 Victor 2,355 $57,279.0 $213,600.0
26 Salmon 3,067 $28,571.0 $125,200.0
27 Greenleaf 1,478 $52,635.0 $115,300.0
28 Osburn 1,465 $49,000.0 $100,300.0
29 Heyburn 3,218 $48,958.0 $117,700.0
30 Buhl 4,285 $37,604.0 $93,000.0
31 Wendell 2,711 $41,768.0 $105,300.0
32 Montpelier 2,517 $39,901.0 $118,900.0
33 Hagerman 1,057 $35,192.0 $115,800.0
34 Pinehurst 1,550 $33,315.0 $138,900.0
35 Orofino 3,055 $41,417.0 $120,800.0
36 Aberdeen 2,202 $43,683.0 $91,400.0
37 Priest River 1,658 $34,485.0 $138,400.0
38 Kellogg 2,267 $42,882.0 $103,000.0
39 Teton 1,047 $49,464.0 $124,400.0
40 Hansen 1,472 $38,594.0 $100,300.0
41 Riverside 1,187 $57,102.0 $162,000.0
42 Shoshone 1,390 $40,500.0 $105,400.0
43 Bonners Ferry 2,502 $30,971.0 $148,200.0
44 New Plymouth 1,701 $35,129.0 $91,700.0
45 Ponderay 1,032 $33,250.0 $83,300.0
46 Glenns Ferry 1,177 $28,967.0 $103,100.0
47 Spirit Lake 2,314 $42,567.0 $148,600.0
48 Lapwai 1,252 $38,917.0 $94,000.0
49 Parma 2,174 $33,508.0 $92,000.0
50 Kamiah 1,267 $36,905.0 $102,800.0
51 Gooding 3,469 $30,551.0 $83,500.0
52 Fort Hall 3,589 $40,432.0 $124,100.0
53 Wilder 1,399 $39,196.0 $82,800.0
54 Plummer 1,084 $36,750.0 $102,600.0
55 Homedale 2,584 $28,611.0 $83,900.0
56 Marsing 1,464 $28,966.0 $88,400.0

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