10 Cheapest Places To Live In Idaho For 2019


We used data and science to determine which places in Idaho go easy on your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Idaho.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Idaho definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the cities and places in Idaho where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Gem State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 32 largest places in Idaho, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

So where is the cheapest place to live in Idaho? That would be Payette.

So listen up Rexburg (the most expensive place in Idaho) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Idaho and the cheapest places in the country:

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Idaho For 2019

Payette, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,366
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 70.1x (5th cheapest)
More On Payette: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Payette is a city in and the county seat of Payette County, Idaho, United States. The population was 7,433 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Ontario, ORID Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Payette comes in at $50,300 and the median home value is $97,300 for 2019.

Review Of Payette by HomeSnacks User

That’s just a few incidents in one small town,,Every town has issues,,Let’s take a look at the big cities,, Detroit filed for bankruptcy,,The CITY is all but abandoned,, Halloween people burn down houses for sport,, Homeless People freezing on Church Doorsteps,,Most of the businesses are run by people who aren’t citizens and g*d forbid you have a life threatening situation and have to be ambulanced to the hospital because it will take hours for them to get to you if they decide to show up at all,,then if you do manage to make it,you spend an hour going through security before you are triaged and treated,,Children run the streets 24/7 unsupervised and if they go to school,,the usually end up dropping out before they reach middle school,, Idaho is full of small town communities where people help eachother and a handshake still means something,,Jus because we live in Payette does NOT mean we are living in poverty,,are uneducated or poor,, Crime is everywhere not just in Small Town Idaho

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,850
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (9th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 69.8x (6th cheapest)
More On Blackfoot: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Blackfoot is a city in Bingham County, Idaho, United States. The population was 11,899 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Bingham County. Blackfoot boasts the largest potato industry in any one area, and is known as the “Potato Capital of the World.” It is the site of the Idaho Potato Museum, and the home of the world’s largest baked potato and potato chip. Blackfoot is also the location of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, which operates between Labor Day weekend and the following weekend.

The median income in Blackfoot comes in at $43,007 and the median home value is $122,800 for 2019.

Chubbuck, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,470
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.7x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 75.7x (2nd cheapest)
More On Chubbuck: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Chubbuck comes in at $56,966 and the median home value is $156,400 for 2019.

Burley, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,336
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (5th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.3x (18th cheapest)
More On Burley: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Burley comes in at $37,612 and the median home value is $104,100 for 2019.

Mountain Home, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,867
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (8th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.8x (9th cheapest)
More On Mountain Home: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Mountain Home comes in at $48,625 and the median home value is $138,800 for 2019.

Review Of Mountain Home by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate is under control. As a perfect town for cheap living for retirement. I have lived here for over 6 years coming from Washington it really nice small town. Great changes coming for things to do. Your 35 miles from Boise if you need things that My. Home doesnt have. Come and enjoy the easy life.

The parks are well taken care of.

Caldwell, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 51,634
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 54.8x (19th cheapest)
More On Caldwell: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Caldwell is a city in and the county seat of Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 46,237 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Caldwell comes in at $43,269 and the median home value is $121,400 for 2019.

Idaho Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 59,414
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (12th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 69.4x (7th cheapest)
More On Idaho Falls: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Idaho Falls is a city in and the county seat of Bonneville County, Idaho, United States, and is the largest city in Eastern Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Idaho Falls was 56,813, with a metro population of 136,108. As of 2016, the population was estimated at 60,211.

The median income in Idaho Falls comes in at $49,098 and the median home value is $145,800 for 2019.

Ammon, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,998
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (7th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 70.8x (4th cheapest)
More On Ammon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Ammon is an edge city of Idaho Falls in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. As of the 2010 US Census, the population of Ammon was 13,816.

The median income in Ammon comes in at $62,336 and the median home value is $177,300 for 2019.

Rupert, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,738
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.6x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.0x (29th cheapest)
More On Rupert: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Rupert comes in at $35,510 and the median home value is $93,700 for 2019.

Pocatello, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,658
Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (16th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 67.0x (8th cheapest)
More On Pocatello: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pocatello ) is the county seat and largest city of Bannock County, with a small portion on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in neighboring Power County, in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the principal city of the Pocatello metropolitan area, which encompasses all of Bannock county. As of the 2010 census the population of Pocatello was 54,255.

The median income in Pocatello comes in at $42,979 and the median home value is $138,000 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Gem State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Idaho
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Idaho to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 32 places in Idaho that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Idaho according to the data is Payette.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Idaho Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Idaho, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in idaho for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Idaho according to the data:

  1. Rexburg
  2. Sandpoint
  3. Star

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Affordable Places To Live In Idaho?

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Payette 2.67 7,366 1.9x 70.1x
2 Blackfoot 7.67 11,850 2.9x 69.8x
3 Chubbuck 7.67 14,470 2.7x 75.7x
4 Burley 8.67 10,336 2.8x 58.3x
5 Mountain Home 9.67 13,867 2.9x 66.8x
6 Caldwell 10.67 51,634 2.8x 54.8x
7 Idaho Falls 10.67 59,414 3.0x 69.4x
8 Ammon 11.0 14,998 2.8x 70.8x
9 Rupert 11.0 5,738 2.6x 50.0x
10 Pocatello 11.67 54,658 3.2x 67.0x

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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