The 10 Richest Cities In Idaho For 2019


We analyzed 33 places in Idaho to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Idaho.

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Kuna, Eagle, Star: 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.

Kuna in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $63,053 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 6.4%.

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 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 33 places in Idaho with more than 5,000 people.

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 some more reading about Idaho:

The 10 Richest Cities In Idaho For 2019

Kuna, ID

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6
/10

Population: 17,590
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 8)
Median Income: $63,053
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Kuna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Eagle, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,708
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $81,909
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.8%
More on Eagle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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6
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Population: 7,832
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $55,674
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Star: Real Estate | Data

Meridian, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 91,917
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $64,375
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
More on Meridian: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Ammon, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 14,998
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $62,336
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Ammon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Hayden, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,096
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,355
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Hayden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Chubbuck, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,470
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,966
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 11.9%
More on Chubbuck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Preston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,268
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $42,321
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.2%
More on Preston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Post Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 30,886
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $50,683
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 14.1%
More on Post Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lewiston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,482
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $50,653
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 14.4%
More on Lewiston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Idaho For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Idaho
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 2013-2017 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 33 places with more than 5,000 people in Idaho, we ranked each place from 1 to 33 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, Kuna, crowned the “Richest City In Idaho For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 33 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Idaho For 2019

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: Moscow
3rd Poorest: Emmett

For more Idaho reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Idaho

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Kuna 2.83 $63,053
2 Eagle 4.33 $81,909
3 Star 4.83 $55,674
4 Meridian 5.33 $64,375
5 Ammon 5.5 $62,336
6 Hayden 8.33 $57,355
7 Chubbuck 10.67 $56,966
8 Preston 11.33 $42,321
9 Post Falls 11.33 $50,683
10 Lewiston 12.33 $50,653
11 Boise City 12.33 $54,547
12 Fruitland 13.33 $46,190
13 Rathdrum 14.0 $53,024
14 Idaho Falls 14.83 $49,098
15 Hailey 14.83 $54,330
16 Twin Falls 16.0 $46,283
17 Garden City 18.0 $43,656
18 Payette 18.33 $50,300
19 Jerome 18.83 $39,115
20 Mountain Home 19.5 $48,625
21 Coeur D’alene 20.0 $47,606
22 Blackfoot 20.0 $43,007
23 Burley 21.0 $37,612
24 Middleton 21.33 $43,462
25 Rupert 22.17 $35,510
26 Sandpoint 22.5 $36,706
27 Nampa 24.83 $43,058
28 Caldwell 25.33 $43,269
29 Pocatello 25.33 $42,979
30 Weiser 28.67 $30,919
31 Emmett 29.67 $35,465
32 Moscow 30.33 $35,979
33 Rexburg 33.0 $26,341

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