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 (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. 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 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

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, a private institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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

Fruitland is a city in Payette County, Idaho, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 95 in the Treasure Valley of southwest Idaho, about 50 miles west of Boise on the border with Oregon. It is part of the Ontario Micropolitan Area. Fruitland is named after the apple orchards that surround the community, and its slogan is "The Big Apple of Idaho." 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: Real Estate | Data

Middleton is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census, up from 2,978 in 2000. It is part of the Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. 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

Hailey is a city in and the county seat of Blaine County, in the Wood River Valley of the central part of the U.S. state of Idaho. The city is named after John Hailey, a two-time Congressional delegate from the Idaho Territory. 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

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.
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

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. 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

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. 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

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. 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

Moscow 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. 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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