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The 10 Safest Cities in Idaho—2017

Idaho is famous for its potatoes, but that just touches on the goodness the 43rd state offers. It also boasts some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions, a strong aerospace industry, and a crime rate that’s approximately 30% less than the national average according to the most recent FBI crime report. Forward-thinking initiatives like a state-wide school safety and security program no doubt contribute to Idaho’s remarkable safety record.

Even with stiff competition from other Gem State cities, the ten communities on our list shine above the rest when it comes to safety. On average, these cities reported fewer than ten crimes per 1,000 people—that’s almost 50% less than the Idaho average and nearly 70% less than the national average.

With violent crimes being especially concerning to citizens, we analyzed these statistics in detail. What we found was nothing less than impressive. Although the ten safest cities in Idaho represent well over 150,000 citizens, they reported only one murder and just eleven robberies in all.

What’s more, seven of the cities on our list cited fewer than ten total violent crimes, and fourth-ranked Heyburn reported none. We also send special congratulations to the citizens and law enforcement officers of Rexburg. Despite having over 27,000 residents, the second-safest city in Idaho reported a mere twelve violent crimes.

Across the country, property crime is more prevalent than violent crime. This is true of the cities on our list, but it’s still relatively low. Eight of the ten cities reported fewer than 100 total property crimes, and fifth-ranked Salmon cited only twenty-four.

Safe cities evolve over time through a collaborative effort between citizens and law enforcement officers. Such is the case in Hailey, where the police department works hand in hand with citizens and numerous nonprofit organizations to make the city one of Idaho’s safest places.

Review our list to find out if your hometown made the top ten. Then refer to our Idaho Safety Directory for safety resources, home security information, and a map of the state’s most and least burglarized counties.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Idaho

To identify the ten safest cities in Idaho, we reviewed the 2015 FBI crime report statistics and 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.

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 level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

  1. 1. Weiser

Previous Rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.39


  1. 2. Rexburg

Previous Rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.44
Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.58


  1. 3. Hailey

Previous Rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.08
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.19


  1. 4. Heyburn

Previous Rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.42


  1. 5. Salmon

Previous Rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.97


  1. 6. Preston

Previous Rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.57
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.76


  1. 7. American Falls

Previous Rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.40
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.12


  1. 8. Meridian

Previous Rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.58


  1. 9. St. Anthony

Previous Rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.04
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.07


  1. 10. Shelley

Previous Rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.92
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.81

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you from the menu below.

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