These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Idaho For 2019

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 24 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 2019:

  1. Rexburg (Photos | Homes)
  2. Fruitland (Photos | Homes)
  3. Middleton (Photos | Homes)
  4. Hailey (Photos | Homes)
  5. Meridian (Photos | Homes)
  6. Preston (Photos | Homes)
  7. Rathdrum (Photos | Homes)
  8. Rupert (Photos | Homes)
  9. Moscow (Photos | Homes)
  10. Mountain Home (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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 2018) 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)
10 Best Places To Live In Idaho

For example, there were a total of 187 crimes committed in Rexburg which had a reported population of 28,698. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0065 which translates into a 1 in 153 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 2017. This left us with a total of 24 of the biggest cities in Idaho to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 24 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 28 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.

Rexburg, ID
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 28,698
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 38 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 613 (2nd safest)
More on Rexburg: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Fruitland, ID
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 5,205
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 730 (3rd safest)
More on Fruitland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Middleton, ID
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 7,486
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 841 (4th safest)
More on Middleton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hailey, ID
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 8,267
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 157 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 532 (1st safest)
More on Hailey: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Meridian, ID
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 99,241
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 150 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,500 (8th safest)
More on Meridian: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Preston, ID
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 5,372
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 186 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,079 (5th safest)
More on Preston: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rathdrum, ID
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 8,113
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,097 (6th safest)
More on Rathdrum: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Rupert, ID
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,849
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 222 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,590 (9th safest)
More on Rupert: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Moscow, ID
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 25,576
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 132 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,474 (18th safest)
More on Moscow: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mountain Home, ID
Overall SnackAbility
8
/10

Population: 13,772
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 225 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,648 (10th safest)
More on Mountain Home: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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. Twin Falls
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Idaho For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Rexburg, ID 28,698 38 613
2 Fruitland, ID 5,205 57 730
3 Middleton, ID 7,486 93 841
4 Hailey, ID 8,267 157 532
5 Meridian, ID 99,241 150 1,500
6 Preston, ID 5,372 186 1,079
7 Rathdrum, ID 8,113 197 1,097
8 Rupert, ID 5,849 222 1,590
9 Moscow, ID 25,576 132 2,474
10 Mountain Home, ID 13,772 225 1,648
11 Emmett, ID 6,747 340 1,289
12 Post Falls, ID 32,583 199 2,258
13 Payette, ID 7,405 243 1,944
14 Jerome, ID 11,380 237 2,196
15 Caldwell, ID 54,345 255 1,950
16 Lewiston, ID 33,029 160 2,855
17 Idaho Falls, ID 60,727 354 1,847
18 Boise City, ID 225,677 279 2,444
19 Coeur D'alene, ID 51,364 383 2,223
20 Nampa, ID 93,064 283 2,637
21 Blackfoot, ID 11,870 345 2,864
22 Twin Falls, ID 48,912 429 2,631
23 Pocatello, ID 54,814 443 2,935
24 Garden City, ID 11,708 563 2,963

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