These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Idaho For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Idaho where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 live in the safest state, either. Idaho is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Gem State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 24 places in Idaho with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Idaho
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 256 crimes committed in Weiser which had a reported population of 5,362. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0477 which translates into a 1 in 21 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 2014. This left us with a total of 24 places in Idaho to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 24 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Weiser. The most dangerous? Garden City, where residents had a 1 in 2 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.
Population: 5,362Property Crime Rank: 159Violent Crime Rank: 97
Population: 26,723Property Crime Rank: 185Violent Crime Rank: 291
Population: 5,190Property Crime Rank: 390Violent Crime Rank: 408
Population: 84,018Property Crime Rank: 670Violent Crime Rank: 960
Population: 8,002Property Crime Rank: 59Violent Crime Rank: 2,363
Population: 6,548Property Crime Rank: 1,067Violent Crime Rank: 880
Population: 24,688Property Crime Rank: 1,677Violent Crime Rank: 472
Population: 5,601Property Crime Rank: 887Violent Crime Rank: 2,050
9. Mountain Home
Population: 13,804Property Crime Rank: 814Violent Crime Rank: 2,190
Population: 49,149Property Crime Rank: 1,327Violent Crime Rank: 1,676
There You Have It - The Safest In Idaho
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Weiser is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Idaho residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Idaho:3rd Most Dangerous: Nampa 2nd Most Dangerous: Blackfoot Most Dangerous: Garden City
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