Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Idaho a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Idaho.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Gem State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Idaho, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 44 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Gem State for 2022.
Ada County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Idaho. And you might want to avoid Lewis County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Idaho, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Idaho For 2022
1. Ada County
Biggest Place: Boise City
Biggest Place: Preston
3. Teton County
Biggest Place: Victor
Biggest Place: Rigby
Median Income: $65,577.0 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $223,900.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (14th best)
More on Jefferson County: Data
Biggest Place: McCall
Median Income: $63,115.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $306,900.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.7% (3rd best)
More on Valley County: Data
Biggest Place: Hailey
Biggest Place: Malad City
Median Income: $54,484.0 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $182,700.0 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.7% (2nd best)
More on Oneida County: Data
Biggest Place: Coeur d’Alene
Biggest Place: Idaho Falls
10. Boise County
Biggest Place: Robie Creek
Median Income: $51,760.0 (24th best)
Median Home Price: $234,900.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.9% (5th best)
More on Boise County: Data
Methodology: How do you determine which Idaho county is the best?
To give you the best county in Idaho, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Idaho across each of the criteria from one to 44, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Idaho”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Gem State.
Read on to see why Ada County is the best county, while Lewis County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Idaho.
Summary: The Best Counties In Idaho To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Idaho can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Idaho according to the data:
- Lewis County
- Clark County
- Shoshone County
For more Idaho reading, check out:
- Cheapest Places To Live In Idaho
- Best Places To Buy A House In Idaho
- Richest Cities In Idaho
- Best Counties To Live In Idaho
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Idaho
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