These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Idaho For 2018


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

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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 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 30 largest places in Idaho, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Idaho for 2018:

  1. Blackfoot (Photos)
  2. Pocatello (Photos)
  3. Idaho Falls (Photos)
  4. Chubbuck (Photos)
  5. Rexburg (Photos)
  6. Weiser (Photos)
  7. Ammon (Photos)
  8. Caldwell (Photos)
  9. Payette
  10. Emmett (Photos)

So listen up Preston (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 the best places to live in Idaho or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Gem State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things 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’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 30 places in Idaho that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,781
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 106
Housing: 64
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 83
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 (a museum and gift shop that displays and explains the history of Idaho’s potato industry), 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.

2. Pocatello

Pocatello, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,145
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 106
Housing: 72
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 83
Pocatello (/poktlo/ ( listen)) 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.

3. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,021
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 106
Housing: 80
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 83
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[update], the population was estimated at 60,211.

4. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,773
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 106
Housing: 82
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 83

5. Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,402
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 106
Housing: 87
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 83
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 (BYU-Idaho), a private institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

6. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,469
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 56
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
Weiser (/wizr/ WEE-zr) is a city in the rural western part of the U.S. state of Idaho and the county seat of Washington County. With its mild climate, the city supports farm, orchard, and livestock endeavors in the vicinity. The city sits at the confluence of the Weiser River with the great Snake River, which marks the border with Oregon. The population was 5,507 at the 2010 census.

7. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,575
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 106
Housing: 92
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 83
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.

8. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,229
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 65
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
Caldwell is a city in and the county seat of Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 46,237 at the 2010 census.

9. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,462
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 67
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
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.

10. Emmett

Emmett, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,555
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 73
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
Emmett is a city in Gem County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,557 at the 2010 census, up from 5,490 in 2000. It is the county seat and the only city in the county. Emmett is part of the BoiseNampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Idaho, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Idaho

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Blackfoot 1 11,781 87 103 106
Pocatello 2 54,145 87 103 106
Idaho Falls 3 57,021 87 103 106
Chubbuck 4 13,773 87 103 106
Rexburg 5 25,402 87 103 106
Weiser 6 5,469 98 89 106
Ammon 7 13,575 87 103 106
Caldwell 8 46,229 98 89 106
Payette 9 7,462 98 89 106
Emmett 10 6,555 98 89 106
Nampa 11 81,667 98 89 106
Middleton 12 5,542 98 89 106
Mountain Home 13 13,879 98 89 106
Rupert 14 5,496 93 93 98
Burley 15 10,157 93 93 98
Jerome 16 10,757 93 93 98
Kuna 17 15,192 98 89 106
Garden City 18 11,095 98 89 106
Lewiston 19 31,862 95 92 114
Twin Falls 20 44,097 93 93 98
Rathdrum 21 6,840 95 92 114
Star 22 5,745 98 89 106
Meridian 23 75,210 98 89 106
Post Falls 24 27,609 95 92 114
Moscow 25 23,866 95 92 114
Eagle 26 19,952 98 89 106
Sandpoint 27 7,397 95 92 114
Hayden 28 13,258 95 92 114
Hailey 29 7,905 93 93 98
Preston 30 5,162 101 95 91

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