These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Idaho For 2018


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

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Eagle, Star, Meridian: 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.

Eagle in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $82,577 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 6.2%.

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.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 32 places in Idaho with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Idaho for 2018:

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

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Idaho.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Idaho or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Idaho For 2018

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

However, we don’t believe 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 newly released 2012-2016 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.
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We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a ‘Rich Score’ with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Eagle, crowned the ‘Richest Place In Idaho For 2018’.

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. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,711
Median Income: $82,577
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%

2. Star


Population: 7,255
Median Income: $54,809
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%

3. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,247
Median Income: $64,337
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
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.

4. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,767
Median Income: $63,045
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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.

5. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,916
Median Income: $58,069
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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.

6. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,058
Median Income: $56,522
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%

7. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,252
Median Income: $42,632
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
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.

8. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,326
Median Income: $53,354
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.4%

9. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,015
Median Income: $58,537
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.2%
Kuna is a city in Ada County, Idaho, United States. It is part of the Boise City–Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,210 at the 2010 census.

10. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,484
Median Income: $47,947
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
Lewiston is a city in north central Idaho and the county seat of Nez Perce County. It is the second-largest city in the northern Idaho region, behind Coeur d’Alene, and ninth-largest in the state. Lewiston is the principal city of the Lewiston, ID – Clarkston, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Nez Perce County and Asotin County, Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lewiston was 31,894, up from 30,904 in 2000.

There You Have It – The Richest Places In Idaho For 2018

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 Idaho, according to data:

Poorest: Rexburg
2nd Poorest: Emmett
3rd Poorest: Moscow

For more Idaho reading , check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Idaho
  • These Are The 10 Safest Places In Idaho
  • These Are The 10 Most Boring Cities In Idaho
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Idaho

    City Rank Median Income
    Eagle 1 $82,577
    Star 2 $54,809
    Meridian 3 $64,337
    Ammon 4 $63,045
    Hayden 5 $58,069
    Hailey 6 $56,522
    Preston 7 $42,632
    Chubbuck 8 $53,354
    Kuna 9 $58,537
    Lewiston 10 $47,947
    Post Falls 11 $48,894
    Boise City 12 $52,249
    Idaho Falls 13 $48,196
    Twin Falls 14 $44,351
    Middleton 15 $46,619
    Burley 16 $38,253
    Rathdrum 17 $45,076
    Blackfoot 18 $44,125
    Mountain Home 19 $47,816
    Jerome 20 $38,196
    Coeur D’Alene 21 $43,770
    Sandpoint 22 $34,662
    Garden City 23 $41,433
    Pocatello 24 $41,172
    Caldwell 25 $42,855
    Payette 26 $45,047
    Rupert 27 $35,011
    Nampa 28 $41,210
    Weiser 29 $31,343
    Moscow 30 $34,784
    Emmett 31 $30,331
    Rexburg 32 $26,445

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