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

September 24, 2014

6. Meridian, ID

Meridian, Idaho is the largest city on our list of safe Idaho cities and is the third most populous in the state. Located in Treasure Valley in the southeast part of the state, it is also undergoing a tremendous boom in multiple areas, partly due to its incredibly low crime rates for a city of its size. The pretty city has rivers running through it, canals crossing the city, parks, a manmade beach and nearby mountains adding charm. It is the home to a noted Symphony Orchestra, an art gallery, a large water park, a speedway and a ton of family friendly activities. As home to a variety of large businesses, work opportunities abound in the area. The multi-faceted police department is well-equipped and offers many of the top programs that have been proven to reduce crime. Consider a move to the state’s fastest moving city, a haven for those with families.

Population: 77,270
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.19
Property Crimes per 1000: 15.92
Crime Index: 52
Safer than 52% of US cities

7. Mountain Home, ID

Home of the Mountain Home Air Force Base, and to a handful of notable artists, Mountain Home is a western Idaho town with short winters. The mid-sized city in Elmore County offers residents much to do with special events and extensive recreation programming available year round. Despite its low crime rate, the Police department is making an active effort with its community programs. It actively trains its police force and has a healthy online citizen reporting tool. They also have ample traffic safety tools like SMART Trailers and Radar Traffic Enforcement.

Population: 13,935
Violent Crimes per 1000: 3.8
Property Crimes per 1000: 15.64
Crime Index: 46
Safer than 46% of US cities

8. Rupert, ID

The southern Idaho town of Rupert can not only claim to be one of the first cities in the world to have streets illuminated by electricity, but owes its founding, in part, to the Minidoka dam which provided the electricity. Known as Christmas City, USA, Rupert is a charming small community year-round. Today it offers more than 17 impressive parks and a variety of recreation opportunities. The police department does not advertise active community involvement programs, but has achieved a considerable improvement when it comes to its incidence of violent crimes. With more than 100 years of service to the town, it excels in keeping crime low for residents and visitors.

Population: 5,616
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.25
Property Crimes per 1000: 19.23
Crime Index: 43
Safer than 43% of US cities

9. Jerome, ID

Jerome is a growing but small town in Jerome County, in the southern part of Idaho. With a rich history, Jerome offers state and national sites, breathtaking scenery of water and mountains and more. Once home to Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, there is still an active “metal” scene with regular events held in town. Despite that fact, the town today is focused mainly on family. A large percentage of the households in Jerome are families with children. The police department has recently deployed a Drug Detection Team in partnership with its K9 program. The police actively work with the community to solve problems of crime. This vigilance accounts for the low crime rate found there. Economic incentives for businesses, reasonable cost of living for residents and the low incidence of crime makes it ideal for your relocation of home or business.

Population: 11,115
Violent Crimes per 1000: 4.05
Property Crimes per 1000: 17.72
Crime Index: 40
Safer than 40% of US cities

10. Rigby, ID

The eastern Idaho town of Rigby is another small community that is growing fast. A large portion of the population there are families with children. Many citizens commute to nearby Rexburg or Idaho Falls, but some work at “The Site”, the nickname for the nearby Idaho National Laboratory. Idaho has a history of advancing humanity’s progress in electricity, and Rigby is no different. It is known to be “the birthplace of television”, as local student, Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the vacuum tube television display. The town is proud of the fact that Rigby has an average of less than 100 total crimes per year. The small police department consists of a force dedicated to eradicating crime in Rigby.

Population: 4,015
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.25
Property Crimes per 1000: 20.92
Crime Index: 39
Safer than 39% of US cities

11. Buhl, ID

Buhl, Idaho is another proud ‘Oregon Trail’ city in the southern part of the state. The small community is home to the beautiful Thousand Springs Scenic Byway, and houses a number of fish hatcheries. As a result, the town – also known as the “Trout Capital of the World” – actually produces 20 million pounds of rainbow trout annually, making it one of the largest producers globally. Safer than 38% of other cities in the United States, it has a police force of about seven officers plus a well-trained K9. The department jokes that despite the K9 being highly trained and intelligent, she can’t answer her emails.

Population: 4,191
Violent Crimes per 1000: 1.19
Property Crimes per 1000: 21.48
Crime Index: 38
Safer than 38% of US cities

12. Caldwell, ID

Caldwell, located just outside of Boise on the west side of the state, is one of the larger cities on our list. Home to the College of Idaho, it is somewhat of an anomaly considering it is a college town with a low crime rate. Considered to be 30% safer than other cities in the U.S., it has a robust crime prevention arsenal. The police offers free business security consultations, residential and home security inspections, a vacation watch program, child fingerprinting, bike safety inspections, neighborhood watch, and programs for senior citizens. Its variety of programs ensures that the police department is plugged into the city on all levels, so it can keep residents safe and sound.

Population: 47,223
Violent Crimes per 1000: 2.56
Property Crimes per 1000: 24.37
Crime Index: 30
Safer than 30% of US cities

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

Disclaimer: To improve the accuracy and usefulness of our list, we chose to exclude small communities with populations below 5,000 in our rankings.
Our rankings are determined by national crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our rankings are only as accurate as the local population and crime statistics officially released by the FBI.

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