The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Idaho For 2021


We used science and data to determine which cities in Idaho have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Idaho.

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If you're looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, good food, and just overall good family friendly fun, you can stop your search: Idaho is one of the most family friendly states in the USA.

Heck, there's a reason Idaho is one of the best states to raise a family in the country. There are great family friendly Idaho places around every corner in The Gem State. And, HomeSnacks is here to give you the ultimate guide: we've broken down the best places to raise a family in Idaho for 2021, and the top ten list is below.

It is a known fact that many families visit idaho on vacation and end up staying. This is because the state has Blue Ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools, cutting edge universities, good jobs with competitive salaries, and tons of staycation possibilities for families on a budget. And speaking of budgets, there are family friendly places for all types of budgets. There are places like Blackfoot for the family that loves spending time outside, places like Moscow for families just starting out, and places like Hailey for families who don't have to worry about being on a budget.

In all family fun seriousness, you can have the family skiing on the slopes in Sun Valley and at the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Idaho For 2021

  1. Moscow
  2. Rupert
  3. Middleton
  4. Rexburg
  5. Emmett
  6. Hailey
  7. Blackfoot
  8. Meridian
  9. Jerome
  10. Caldwell

How did we determine Idaho's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in the Gem State with more than 5,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 23 family friendly Idaho places that any family would be lucky to call home.

But, there can only be one number one best place to raise your family in Idaho, and that would be Moscow.

To see how your favorite place in Idaho compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Idaho and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Idaho For 2021

Moscow, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,319
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Closest Major City: Spokane
Households with kids: 17.3%
More on Moscow: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rupert, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,796
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 39.5%
More on Rupert: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Middleton, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,556
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 45.4%
More on Middleton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rexburg, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,414
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Rexburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Emmett, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,770
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 32.4%
More on Emmett: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Hailey, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,408
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 38.8%
More on Hailey: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,907
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 39.7%
More on Blackfoot: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 101,905
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 35.8%
More on Meridian: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jerome, ID

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,653
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 40.5%
More on Jerome: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Caldwell, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 54,887
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Boise City
Households with kids: 44.1%
More on Caldwell: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which place is best for families in Idaho anyways?

To give you the places in Idaho which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Gem State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Idaho, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 5,000 people. For Idaho, that meant a total of 23 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Idaho

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Idaho ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Idaho according to the data:

  1. Pocatello
  2. Chubbuck
  3. Twin Falls

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Idaho?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Moscow, ID 25,319 55
2 Rupert, ID 5,796 39
3 Middleton, ID 7,556 41
4 Rexburg, ID 28,414 54
5 Emmett, ID 6,770 42
6 Hailey, ID 8,408 50
7 Blackfoot, ID 11,907 55
8 Meridian, ID 101,905 62
9 Jerome, ID 11,653 52
10 Caldwell, ID 54,887 69

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About Chris Kolmar

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