These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Idaho
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.
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 (2014). 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 13 crimes committed in Rexburg which had a reported population of 26,773. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.000486 which translates into a 1 in 2059 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 Rexburg. The most dangerous? Garden City, where residents had a 1 in 94 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: 26,773Property Crime Rank: 9Violent Crime Rank: 4
Population: 5,161Property Crime Rank: 20Violent Crime Rank: 11
Population: 85,733Property Crime Rank: 23Violent Crime Rank: 14
Population: 8,034Property Crime Rank: 6Violent Crime Rank: 52
Population: 6,513Property Crime Rank: 15Violent Crime Rank: 40
Population: 5,292Property Crime Rank: 32Violent Crime Rank: 10
Population: 7,147Property Crime Rank: 35Violent Crime Rank: 21
Population: 24,705Property Crime Rank: 53Violent Crime Rank: 7
9. Mountain Home
Population: 13,695Property Crime Rank: 30Violent Crime Rank: 49
Population: 216,260Property Crime Rank: 39Violent Crime Rank: 45
There You Have It
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Rexburg 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: Chubbuck 2nd Most Dangerous: Coeur D'Alene Most Dangerous: Garden City
Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Idaho