12 Safest Cities in Idaho: Safest Places to Live in ID

September 24, 2014

12 Safest Cities in Idaho: Safest Places to Live in ID

Part of Safe Choice Security’s success is its in-depth knowledge and passion about safety. We believe that safety is a primary concern no matter where you live. If Idaho is where you happen to live, are considering moving to or doing business there, you should learn more about the safest cities in the state.

Through our analysis of the 2012 FBI Crime Statistics report, we have compiled a list of the twelve safest cities in Idaho. Was your city listed? Be proud of that! That means you are not only living in one of the safest cities in Idaho, but in the United States!

We hope you enjoy learning about Idaho’s safest cities! If your city was named one of the safest cities in ID, feel free to proudly display your badge on your website! Get the code here.

1. Weiser, ID

Topping our list of safe cities in the Gem State, Weiser (pronounced “Wee-zer”) is a small town on the western flatlands of Idaho. The great Snake River runs right next to it, which actually marks the border between Idaho and Oregon. There is plenty to like about Weiser, especially if you enjoy a good fiddling, as it is the “Fiddle Capital” of the world with an annual festival focusing on the music. It also offers top outdoor recreation, such as river rafting, salmon fishing and more. Weiser is considered safer than 95% of cities in the U.S. While the reasons for this might be plenty, the local police department helps greatly with programs that focus on drug prevention and active resident patrolling. It is a great place to consider for your next move.

Population: 5,575
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.36
Property Crimes per 1000: 3.77
Crime Index: 95
Safer than 95% of US cities

2. Soda Springs, ID

Soda Springs is a comfy little town that is actually the smallest in our list of safe cities. Small towns usually have plenty of history to dive into, and Soda Springs is no exception. It is part of the Oregon Trail. The natural springs of carbonated water found there were well known even to the Native Americans, thus the name of the town. The Police Department is very active in town, and has made a great effort to communicate with the public about the risk of all types of crime, including the prevention of identity theft. The department has instituted a crime reporting system online to encourage cooperative safety.

Population: 3,029
Violent Crimes per 1000: 3.63
Property Crimes per 1000: 3.63
Crime Index: 87
Safer than 87% of US cities

3. Rexburg, ID

Rexburg is the largest city in Madison County, and one of the largest on our list. Sitting atop a shield volcano, Rexburg is not at risk for an eruption, but the feature creates interest for those who live there and those who visit. This medium-sized city is home to Brigham Young University, a well-known conservative Christian university. Despite being a college town, crime rates are incredibly low. The police website keeps citizens completely informed, with live crime stats, citizen to police communication tools and more. The force works with programs like Operation Lifesaver to prevent railroad accidents, offer classes for women to defend against rape, offer basic pistol courses to citizens, and more. The dedication of the city’s police force is a major contributor to its low crime rates.

Population: 25,879
Violent Crimes per 1000: 0.35
Property Crimes per 1000: 8.35
Crime Index: 82
Safer than 82% of US cities

4. Salmon, ID

The birthplace of Sacagawea, Salmon is a lovely family town. The tiny community is one of the smallest on our list. With an array of outdoor amenities such as several parks and the luxury of its own waterfront for anyone who enjoys watersports, life in this small community always has something to offer. With a rich history, the town is simply picturesque with Beaverhead Mountains looming and the Salmon River running through this valley town. The Salmon Police Department has an active involvement in the community and works hard at creating partnerships to prevent crime. A low crime municipality, thanks to active policing, it is a great place to call home for anyone looking for small town living.

Population: 3,145
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.23
Property Crimes per 1000: 9.54
Crime Index: 70
Safer than 70% of US cities

5. Emmett, ID

Emmett is a small town located in Gem County. It packs a little bit of history, once being known as “Squaw Butte”. It was also used as a winter retreat by Native Americans. After being settled in the early 1800s, the area saw more activity from the gold boom. It has since been influenced by mining companies and manufacturing. Festivals and special events keep things interesting. With unique geography, the town almost seems to be carved out of the surrounding hills. The town’s police force encourages active participation in community policing by promoting various programs. These efforts pay off with some of the lowest crime rates in the state, making it an attractive place for your new home or business.

Population: 6,581
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.89
Property Crimes per 1000: 12.16
Crime Index: 59
Safer than 59% of US cities

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