It’s no wonder Idaho’s population is flourishing. Few states can rival the Gem State’s impressive recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities — or its low cost of living. Another reason Idahoans love their state: they don’t need to be overly concerned about crime. In fact, according to the 2014 FBI Crime Report, Idaho cited about 20 crimes per 1,000 people — 30% below the national average.
Criminal offenses were even less common in the state’s 10 safest cities. These cities reported an average of about six crimes per 1,000 people. Taking a closer look at the FBI data, we discovered that 70% of the state’s 10 safest cities cited no murders or robberies, and 80% reported 20 or less burglaries. Idaho’s safety record is especially impressive considering that about one in 36 U.S. homes is burglarized each year.
Despite experiencing a rapid population growth — which could have stretched law enforcement resources thin and resulted in increased crime — we’re honoring Rexburg as the safest city in Idaho for the second year in a row. Rexburg has nearly 30,000 citizens, but reported just nine total violent offenses in 2014.
No matter where you live, be mindful of your personal safety and the security of your property to prevent yourself becoming a crime victim. Find out what offenses are most prevalent in your city, then use the resources in our Idaho Safety Directory to help better protect your family and home.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Idaho
To identify the 10 safest cities in Idaho, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.
You can also see how the cities ranked in the past with the 2014 Safest Cities in Idaho report here.
Previous rank: 1
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.34
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.18
Previous rank: 2
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.78
3. Hailey ↑
Previous rank: 6
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.22
Previous rank: Not ranked
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.42
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.54
5. Shelley ↓
Previous rank: 4
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.23
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.85
6. Preston ↓
Previous rank: 5
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.58
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.40
7. Emmett ↑
Previous rank: 10
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.30
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.21
8. St. Anthony ↓
Previous rank: 3
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.74
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.77
9. Meridian ↓
Previous rank: 7
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.80
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.85
10. Heyburn ↓
Previous rank: 9
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.94
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.80
Didn’t see your city rank in the top 10?
Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.
|11. Salmon||12. Grangeville||13. American Falls|
|14. Rigby||15. Weiser||16. Rathdrum|
|17. Buhl||18. Mountain Home||19. Boise|
|20. Jerome||21. Orofino||22. Payette|
|23. Idaho Falls||24. Blackfoot||25. Gooding|
|26. Rupert||27. Moscow||28. Post Falls|
|29. Nampa||30. Caldwell||31. Twin Falls|
|32. Sandpoint||33. Lewiston||34. Coeur d’Alene|
|35. Garden City||36. Chubbuck|
How safe is your home?
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