These Are The 10 Safest Places In Idaho For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Idaho where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Idaho, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Rexburg.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Gem State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 26 cities in Idaho with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Idaho for 2018:
  1. Rexburg (Photos | Homes)
  2. Preston (Photos | Homes)
  3. Weiser (Photos | Homes)
  4. Fruitland (Homes)
  5. Moscow (Photos | Homes)
  6. Meridian (Photos | Homes)
  7. Hailey (Photos | Homes)
  8. Rupert (Photos | Homes)
  9. Mountain Home (Photos | Homes)
  10. Rathdrum (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Idaho, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Idaho

Safest Cities in Idaho Graph

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Idaho.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 198 crimes committed in Rexburg which had a reported population of 28,112. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.007 which translates into a 1 in 141 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 26 of the biggest cities in Idaho to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 26 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Idaho".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Rexburg. The most dangerous city in Idaho? Garden City, where residents had a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

1. Rexburg

Rexburg, ID
Source: Public domain

Population: 28,112
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 32 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 672 (2nd safest)
More on Rexburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rexburg is a city in Madison County, Idaho, United States. The population was 25,484 at the 2010 census, up from 17,257 in 2000. The city is the county seat of Madison County and its largest city. Rexburg is the principal city of the Rexburg, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Fremont and Madison Counties. The city is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho), a private institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

2. Preston

Preston, ID

Population: 5,214
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,476 (6th safest)
More on Preston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Preston is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,204 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Franklin County. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Weiser

Weiser, ID

Population: 5,281
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 113 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,325 (5th safest)
More on Weiser: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Weiser (/wizr/ WEE-zr) is a city in the rural western part of the U.S. state of Idaho and the county seat of Washington County. With its mild climate, the city supports farm, orchard, and livestock endeavors in the vicinity. The city sits at the confluence of the Weiser River with the great Snake River, which marks the border with Oregon. The population was 5,507 at the 2010 census.

4. Fruitland

Fruitland, ID

Population: 5,170
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 174 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 870 (3rd safest)
More on Fruitland: Real Estate | Data

5. Moscow

Moscow, ID

Population: 25,307
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,916 (11th safest)
More on Moscow: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Moscow (/msko/ MOSS-koh) is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state's land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

6. Meridian

Meridian, ID
Source: Public domain

Population: 94,113
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,548 (8th safest)
More on Meridian: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the US state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739. Meridian is the state's fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.

7. Hailey

Hailey, ID
Source: Public domain

Population: 8,175
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 281 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 489 (1st safest)
More on Hailey: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Rupert

Rupert, ID

Population: 5,736
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 244 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,028 (4th safest)
More on Rupert: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rupert is the county seat and largest city of Minidoka County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Burley Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census.

9. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, ID

Population: 13,627
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 161 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,893 (10th safest)
More on Mountain Home: PhotosReal Estate | Data

10. Rathdrum

Rathdrum, ID
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,681
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 104 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,499 (18th safest)
More on Rathdrum: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4816 in 2000. It is part of the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Gem State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Rexburg is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Idaho residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Idaho according to the data:

  1. Garden City
  2. Pocatello
  3. Blackfoot
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Idaho For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
Rexburg, ID 1 2 28,112 32 672
Preston, ID 2 3 5,214 76 1,476
Weiser, ID 3 1 5,281 113 1,325
Fruitland, ID 4 - 5,170 174 870
Moscow, ID 5 6 25,307 71 1,916
Meridian, ID 6 4 94,113 111 1,548
Hailey, ID 7 7 8,175 281 489
Rupert, ID 8 9 5,736 244 1,028
Mountain Home, ID 9 10 13,627 161 1,893
Rathdrum, ID 10 12 7,681 104 2,499
Caldwell, ID 11 8 52,792 248 1,947
Post Falls, ID 12 13 31,026 228 2,446
Payette, ID 13 14 7,360 366 1,644
Emmett, ID 14 5 6,617 377 1,541
Twin Falls, ID 15 21 48,083 326 2,225
Boise, ID 16 17 220,749 297 2,325
Sandpoint, ID 17 11 7,931 264 2,736
Lewiston, ID 18 19 32,665 140 4,071
Jerome, ID 19 15 11,234 373 1,949
Chubbuck, ID 20 16 14,515 199 3,809
Coeur D'alene, ID 21 22 50,155 344 2,827
Nampa, ID 22 20 91,520 362 2,887
Idaho Falls, ID 23 18 59,615 424 2,293
Blackfoot, ID 24 24 11,700 376 3,085
Pocatello, ID 25 23 54,462 380 2,992
Garden City, ID 26 25 11,667 651 3,668

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