These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Idaho


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

  1. Weiser
  2. Rupert
  3. Burley
  4. Blackfoot
  5. Jerome
  6. Caldwell
  7. Payette
  8. Pocatello
  9. Nampa
  10. Emmett

So listen up Hailey as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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

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 31 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. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,469
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 56
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

2. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,496
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 98
Housing: 55
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 94

3. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,157
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 98
Housing: 60
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 94

4. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,781
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 64
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 83

5. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,757
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Healthcare: 98
Housing: 61
Transportation: 99
Utiltiies: 94

6. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,229
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 65
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

7. Payette

Payette, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,462
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 67
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

8. Pocatello

Pocatello, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,145
Services: 87
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 72
Transportation: 90
Utiltiies: 83

9. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,667
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 73
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

10. Emmett

Emmett, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,555
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 106
Housing: 73
Transportation: 92
Utiltiies: 86

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Idaho

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Weiser 1 5,469 98 89 106
Rupert 2 5,496 93 93 98
Burley 3 10,157 93 93 98
Blackfoot 4 11,781 87 103 106
Jerome 5 10,757 93 93 98
Caldwell 6 46,229 98 89 106
Payette 7 7,462 98 89 106
Pocatello 8 54,145 87 103 106
Nampa 9 81,667 98 89 106
Emmett 10 6,555 98 89 106
Middleton 11 5,542 98 89 106
Mountain Home 12 13,879 98 89 106
Idaho Falls 13 57,021 87 103 106
Chubbuck 14 13,773 87 103 106
Twin Falls 15 44,097 93 93 98
Rexburg 16 25,402 87 103 106
Lewiston 17 31,862 95 92 114
Preston 18 5,162 101 95 91
Kuna 19 15,192 98 89 106
Rathdrum 20 6,840 95 92 114
Ammon 21 13,575 87 103 106
Garden City 22 11,095 98 89 106
Post Falls 23 27,609 95 92 114
Coeur D’Alene 24 44,426 95 92 114
Moscow 25 23,866 95 92 114
Sandpoint 26 7,397 95 92 114
Star 27 5,745 98 89 106
Hayden 28 13,258 95 92 114
Meridian 29 75,210 98 89 106
Eagle 30 19,952 98 89 106
Hailey 31 7,905 93 93 98

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