These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Idaho For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Preston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hailey (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hayden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sandpoint (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Eagle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Moscow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Post Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Star (Homes For Sale)
  10. Rathdrum (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Blackfoot (the cheapest place to live in Idaho) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Idaho or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Population: 5,162
Services: 101
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 91
Housing: 76
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 94
More on Preston: Homes For Sale | 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.

2. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

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Population: 7,905
Services: 93
Groceries: 93
Health Care: 98
Housing: 146
Transportation: 99
Utilities: 94
More on Hailey: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Population: 13,258
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 108
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Hayden: Homes For Sale | Data
Hayden is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Located in the northern portion of the state, it is a suburb of nearby Coeur d’Alene and its population was 13,294 at the 2010 census.

4. Sandpoint

Sandpoint, Idaho

Population: 7,397
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 102
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Sandpoint: Homes For Sale | Data
Sandpoint is the largest town in, and the county seat of, Bonner County, Idaho, United States. Its population was 7,365 at the 2010 census.

5. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Population: 19,952
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 157
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
More on Eagle: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Population: 23,866
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 101
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Moscow: Homes For Sale | Data
Moscow (/msko/ MOSS-koh) 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.

7. Post Falls

Post Falls, Idaho

Population: 27,609
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 97
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Post Falls: Homes For Sale | Data
Post Falls is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, between Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, Washington. It is both a suburb of Coeur d’Alene, to the east; and a bedroom community to Spokane, to the west. The population was 27,574 at the 2010 census, up from 17,247 in 2000 census, making it Idaho’s tenth largest city. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2014 population is 30,123.

8. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

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Population: 75,210
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 110
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
More on Meridian: Homes For Sale | 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.

9. Star


Population: 5,745
Services: 98
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 106
Housing: 107
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 86
More on Star: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Rathdrum

Rathdrum, Idaho

Population: 6,840
Services: 95
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 114
Housing: 90
Transportation: 93
Utilities: 81
More on Rathdrum: Homes For Sale | 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.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Blackfoot
  2. Pocatello
  3. Idaho Falls

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Idaho

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

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