Richest Cities In Idaho For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Idaho.

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Kuna, Eagle, 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.

Kuna in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $64,456 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 8.92924911900244%.

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 2014-2018 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 2020

Kuna, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,445
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $64,456
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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: 25,075
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,432
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
More on Eagle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Meridian, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 97,008
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $68,131
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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
/10

Population: 15,403
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,019
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,495
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $54,386
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.6%
More on Star: Real Estate | Data

Hayden, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,380
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,173
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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: 14,728
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,148
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.8%
More on Chubbuck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Post Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 31,945
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $51,521
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 13.3%
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.

Boise City, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 224,300
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,798
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
More on Boise City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boise ) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho, as well as the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, the population of Boise at the 2010 Census was 205,671, the 99th largest in the United States. Its estimated population in 2016 was 223,154.

Preston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,311
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $48,113
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 15.8%
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.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Idaho For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 2020". You can download the data here.

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 2020

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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Idaho

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Kuna 4.33 $64,456
2 Eagle 5.0 $84,432
3 Meridian 5.67 $68,131
4 Ammon 6.0 $65,019
5 Star 6.33 $54,386
6 Hayden 9.0 $55,173
7 Chubbuck 10.33 $59,148
8 Post Falls 10.67 $51,521
9 Boise City 11.67 $56,798
10 Preston 13.0 $48,113
11 Payette 13.33 $50,655
12 Lewiston 13.33 $51,887
13 Twin Falls 14.0 $48,876
14 Hailey 14.67 $47,288
15 Idaho Falls 15.0 $50,482
16 Blackfoot 15.0 $42,606
17 Rathdrum 15.33 $53,739
18 Fruitland 17.67 $47,844
19 Garden City 18.67 $46,311
20 Middleton 19.33 $48,146
21 Burley 20.0 $41,773
22 Coeur D'alene 20.33 $48,893
23 Jerome 21.67 $39,895
24 Mountain Home 22.0 $48,615
25 Rupert 22.33 $36,405
26 Sandpoint 22.67 $41,385
27 Caldwell 25.33 $47,459
28 Nampa 25.67 $44,691
29 Pocatello 26.0 $44,171
30 Weiser 26.67 $30,041
31 Moscow 28.67 $38,533
32 Emmett 28.67 $33,125
33 Rexburg 32.67 $29,910

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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