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 (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Star (Homes For Sale)
  3. Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Ammon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hayden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Hailey (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Preston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Chubbuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kuna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lewiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Idaho For 2018

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 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.

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.

Eagle, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,711.0
Median Income: $82,577.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Eagle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,255.0
Median Income: $54,809.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 9.6%
More on Star: Real Estate | Data

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 88,247.0
Median Income: $64,337.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 9.3%
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: 14,767.0
Median Income: $63,045.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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: 13,916.0
Median Income: $58,069.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
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.

Hailey, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,058.0
Median Income: $56,522.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.7%
More on Hailey: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Preston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,252.0
Median Income: $42,632.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 11.6%
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.

Chubbuck, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,326.0
Median Income: $53,354.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.4%
More on Chubbuck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kuna, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,015.0
Median Income: $58,537.0
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.2%
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.

Lewiston, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,484.0
Median Income: $47,947.0
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 13.5%
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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest 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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Idaho

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Eagle 2.5 $82,577
2 Star 4.33 $54,809
3 Meridian 4.33 $64,337
4 Ammon 4.83 $63,045
5 Hayden 6.67 $58,069
6 Hailey 8.0 $56,522
7 Preston 10.0 $42,632
8 Chubbuck 10.67 $53,354
9 Kuna 11.17 $58,537
10 Lewiston 11.17 $47,947
11 Post Falls 11.5 $48,894
12 Boise City 11.83 $52,249
13 Idaho Falls 12.17 $48,196
14 Twin Falls 13.5 $44,351
15 Middleton 16.67 $46,619
16 Burley 17.0 $38,253
17 Rathdrum 17.0 $45,076
18 Blackfoot 17.5 $44,125
19 Mountain Home 17.67 $47,816
20 Jerome 18.83 $38,196
21 Coeur D’alene 20.5 $43,770
22 Sandpoint 20.83 $34,662
23 Garden City 21.0 $41,433
24 Pocatello 23.67 $41,172
25 Caldwell 24.0 $42,855
26 Payette 24.0 $45,047
27 Rupert 24.33 $35,011
28 Nampa 25.0 $41,210
29 Weiser 25.33 $31,343
30 Moscow 29.17 $34,784
31 Emmett 31.17 $30,331
32 Rexburg 31.67 $26,445

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