These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Idaho


We analyzed over 32 places in Idaho to determine where the 1% live.

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Hailey, Eagle, Ammon: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Idaho. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Gem State.

Hailey in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $65,625 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 6.0%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Idaho share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

After analyzing Census data from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey for the 32 places in Idaho with more than 5,000 people, we were left with this set of the ten richest places in the Gem State:

  1. Hailey
  2. Eagle
  3. Ammon
  4. Star
  5. Preston
  6. Meridian
  7. Chubbuck
  8. Lewiston
  9. Hayden
  10. Kuna

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list. Oh, and the poorest place in Idaho? That would be Rexburg.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Idaho

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is simply how much people earn. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 32 places with more than 5,000 people in Idaho, we ranked each place from 1 to 32 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Hailey, crowned the “Richest Place In Idaho”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 32 places.

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1. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Sun Valley Brewing Co Hailey Id. Google Maps

Population: 7,961
Median Income: 6562500.0%
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

2. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,102
Median Income: 8226400.0%
Poverty Level: 5.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

3. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257
Median Income: 5949700.0%
Poverty Level: 11.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

4. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 6,379
Median Income: 5890600.0%
Poverty Level: 13.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

5. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Flickr Ken Lund

Population: 5,172
Median Income: 4995500.0%
Poverty Level: 6.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

6. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025
Median Income: 6322500.0%
Poverty Level: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

7. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117
Median Income: 4465000.0%
Poverty Level: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

8. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Boomtown American Saloon Lewiston Id. From Their Facebook Page.

Population: 32,178
Median Income: 4514800.0%
Poverty Level: 10.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

9. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,588
Median Income: 5448100.0%
Poverty Level: 6.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

10. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,188
Median Income: 5653300.0%
Poverty Level: 10.2%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Idaho

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Idaho, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Idaho. When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in ID, according to data:

Poorest: Rexburg
2nd Poorest: Emmett
3rd Poorest: Weiser
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Detailed List Of Richest Places In Idaho

City Rank Population Median Income Poverty Level Unemployment Rate
Hailey 1 7,961 $65,625 6.0% 3.8%
Eagle 2 21,102 $82,264 5.9% 5.8%
Ammon 3 14,257 $59,497 11.2% 5.6%
Star 4 6,379 $58,906 13.3% 5.1%
Preston 5 5,172 $49,955 6.8% 6.6%
Meridian 6 81,025 $63,225 8.3% 7.3%
Chubbuck 7 14,117 $44,650 10.0% 5.8%
Lewiston 8 32,178 $45,148 10.8% 5.7%
Hayden 9 13,588 $54,481 6.3% 9.3%
Kuna 10 16,188 $56,533 10.2% 9.3%
Post Falls 11 28,786 $49,736 11.6% 7.8%
Idaho Falls 12 57,935 $45,680 14.9% 6.7%
Mountain Home 13 13,871 $46,836 14.5% 7.5%
Boise City 14 211,655 $49,209 15.7% 7.7%
Blackfoot 15 11,891 $39,524 16.5% 5.6%
Middleton 16 5,898 $45,549 13.7% 10.6%
Twin Falls 17 45,362 $41,880 17.9% 7.4%
Burley 18 10,352 $32,202 15.5% 7.2%
Rupert 19 5,583 $34,546 14.7% 8.1%
Pocatello 20 54,466 $40,792 19.9% 7.7%
Sandpoint 21 7,497 $33,606 19.9% 6.7%
Coeur d’Alene 22 45,848 $41,336 16.7% 9.9%
Rathdrum 23 7,046 $42,390 17.5% 11.8%
Caldwell 24 48,114 $41,368 20.3% 11.0%
Nampa 25 84,660 $40,083 21.9% 10.4%
Jerome 26 11,046 $35,317 23.5% 10.3%
Moscow 27 24,406 $33,591 32.6% 9.2%
Garden City 28 11,223 $38,212 20.3% 12.5%
Payette 29 7,447 $41,736 29.8% 16.7%
Weiser 30 5,407 $31,451 18.6% 12.9%
Emmett 31 6,546 $29,129 29.2% 22.9%
Rexburg 32 26,301 $25,606 53.8% 12.1%

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