These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Idaho


We used science and data to determine which cities in Idaho that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Idaho does this very well. Families love the Gem State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Idaho that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Idaho:

  1. Hailey (Photos)
  2. Eagle (Photos)
  3. Meridian (Photos)
  4. Hayden (Photos)
  5. Star (Photos)
  6. Sandpoint (Photos)
  7. Moscow (Photos)
  8. Coeur D’Alene (Photos)
  9. Post Falls (Photos)
  10. Garden City (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Weiser is the most affordable city in Idaho.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Idaho.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Idaho

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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Hailey, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,961
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 93
Housing Index: 146
Healthcare Index: 98
Transportation Index: 99
Utilities Index: 94

2. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,102
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 157
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 86

3. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 110
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 86

4. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,588
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 108
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 93
Utilities Index: 81

5. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 6,379
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 107
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 86

6. Sandpoint

Sandpoint, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,497
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 102
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 93
Utilities Index: 81

7. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,406
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 101
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 93
Utilities Index: 81

8. Coeur D’Alene

Source: Google Maps

Population: 45,848
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 98
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 93
Utilities Index: 81

9. Post Falls

Post Falls, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 28,786
Services Index: 95
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 97
Healthcare Index: 114
Transportation Index: 93
Utilities Index: 81

10. Garden City

Garden City, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,223
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 89
Housing Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 86

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Idaho that have the highest cost of living, with Hailey ranking as the most exensive city in the Gem State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Idaho:

  1. Weiser
  2. Rupert
  3. Blackfoot

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Idaho

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Hailey 1 7,961 93 93 98 146 99 94
Eagle 2 21,102 98 89 106 157 92 86
Meridian 3 81,025 98 89 106 110 92 86
Hayden 4 13,588 95 92 114 108 93 81
Star 5 6,379 98 89 106 107 92 86
Sandpoint 6 7,497 95 92 114 102 93 81
Moscow 7 24,406 95 92 114 101 93 81
Coeur D’Alene 8 45,848 95 92 114 98 93 81
Post Falls 9 28,786 95 92 114 97 93 81
Garden City 10 11,223 98 89 106 92 92 86
Rathdrum 11 7,046 95 92 114 90 93 81
Ammon 12 14,257 87 103 106 92 90 83
Kuna 13 16,188 98 89 106 89 92 86
Preston 14 5,172 101 95 91 76 106 94
Lewiston 15 32,178 95 92 114 87 93 81
Rexburg 16 26,301 87 103 106 87 90 83
Twin Falls 17 45,362 93 93 98 79 99 94
Chubbuck 18 14,117 87 103 106 82 90 83
Idaho Falls 19 57,935 87 103 106 80 90 83
Mountain Home 20 13,871 98 89 106 75 92 86
Middleton 21 5,898 98 89 106 74 92 86
Emmett 22 6,546 98 89 106 73 92 86
Nampa 23 84,660 98 89 106 73 92 86
Pocatello 24 54,466 87 103 106 72 90 83
Payette 25 7,447 98 89 106 67 92 86
Caldwell 26 48,114 98 89 106 65 92 86
Jerome 27 11,046 93 93 98 61 99 94
Burley 28 10,352 93 93 98 60 99 94
Blackfoot 29 11,891 87 103 106 64 90 83
Rupert 30 5,583 93 93 98 55 99 94
Weiser 31 5,407 98 89 106 56 92 86

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