The 10 Safest Cities In Idaho For 2024

The safest cities in Idaho are Rexburg and Weiser for 2024 using Saturday Night Science.

Idaho is filled with some great people, incredible scenery, and super safe places to live.

Yes, there are safe places in Idaho, but you're going to have to know how to navigate the state's property and violent crime heat map. And that's where HomeSnacks comes in -- we looked at the FBI data on crime for places in Idaho with more than 5,000 residents and created a list of the safest places to live in the Gem State for 2024.

Our research led us to multiple conclusions. One, there are safe places throughout the potato capital of the world -- from Meridian in the state's southern region to Moscow in the northern region. Two, not that we're surprised, the state is the 5th safest in the country. Third, take a look at our list of Idaho's safest places below before you make any decisions on where to live.

Whether you're looking to move to a quintessential cowboy town like Rupert, a family-friendly place like Middleton, or a place for young professionals like Boise, there is a safe place for everyone.

So, where can you live in Idaho, where you don't have to worry about thieves stealing packages from your porch when you're not home? Keep reading.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Table

Here are the 10 safest cities to live in Idaho for 2024:

  1. Rexburg (Homes For Sale)
  2. Weiser (Homes For Sale)
  3. Rathdrum (Homes For Sale)
  4. Shelley (Homes For Sale)
  5. Preston (Homes For Sale)
  6. Rigby (Homes For Sale)
  7. Kimberly (Homes For Sale)
  8. Fruitland (Homes For Sale)
  9. Meridian (Homes For Sale)
  10. Hailey (Homes For Sale)
Safest Cities In Idaho Map

What's the safest place to live in Idaho for 2024? According to the most recent crime data, the safest place in Idaho is Rexburg.

Take a look at the list below for the ten safest Idaho places, and if you don't see your town there, head to the bottom yo see how your favorite place in Idaho compares.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Idaho, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Idaho For 2024

Rexburg, ID
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Population: 35,711
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 95 (sixth safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 422 (second safest)
Murders: 1
Murders Per 100k: 2
More on Rexburg: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Welcome to Rexburg, our safest city in Idaho. It's so safe in this little village at the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park, that the wolves, coyotes, and bears are always howling and growling at the residents reminding them to get home before dark. Thanks furry friends!

Home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg offers a safe environment with small town charm that packs a big punch. Not literally, of course. No fighting happens here; that wouldn't be safe. Not to mention the BYU Mormons sometimes have things to hide, so we're pretty sure that safety is always on their mind.

There's a true sense of community in this quaint little potato town, that it is no surprise that their city's motto is 'America's Family Community.' The residents, here, look out for each other. Rexburg's gold star qualities like the non-existent number of crimes per 100,000 residents, their large number of educated residents, and just their overall safety standards, speaks volumes. Yes, Rexburg, you might be located just above volcanoes that may erupt, but you truly offer a better life.

With a little over 28,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this Madison County village at the base of the Teton Range, is the reason that this city has held strong in the number one spot three years in a row.

Weiser, ID
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Population: 5,986
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 133 (ninth safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 283 (safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Weiser: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Weiser, Idaho, sits along the Snake River, right up against the Oregon border on the far western part of the state. Named for the Weiser River, which also flows near town, the community was founded in Civil War times and became an important railroad spot in the late 19th century.

Weiser is known today as the one-time stomping ground of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson and as the home of the annual National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest. It also has a reputation as one of the safest places in Idaho. In fact, in a population of 5,986, the area reported 8 violent crimes and 17 property crimes.

Given those stats, it's no wonder that Weiser ranks as the number 2 safest place to live in Idaho.

Rathdrum, ID
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Population: 8,968
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 89 (fourth safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 691 (seventh safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Rathdrum: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Hi ho, hi ho, off to our third safest city in Idaho we go. While it might not be Smurf Village, Rathdrum is a city filled with individuals who work just as hard with safety always in mind.

Fun fact about Rathdrum, they have a lot of great people and super safe parks. We don't know about you, but we think these are probably the main reasons it scored 7/10 in safety on our snackability chart.

Talk to anyone from the Gem State and they will tell you that Rathdrum is small town living at its best. There are a boat load of things to do and the residents have the money to safely enjoy life. They have one of the highest median household incomes in Idaho. So it's not surprising that this city in Kootenai County received an 8/10 job score and an 8.5/10 score in amenities. It takes hard working individuals to keep a business alive. Nice work Rathdrum!

Shelley, ID
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Population: 5,232
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 76 (third safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 802 (tenth safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Shelley: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Shelley, located in Bingham County, Idaho, boasts the title of the fourth safest city statewide for 2024, with a mere 4 violent crimes, and impressively 0 murder cases. Its 76/100k people violent crime rate per capita and a 802/100k people property crime rate per capita highlight the city's secure environment.

Since its founding in 1904 and surviving a major fire, Shelley has cultivated a safe community, supported by effective policing strategies. The city's low crime rates, including ranking third safest for violent crime, alongside its history of overcoming challenges, mark it as a resilient and secure choice for the 5,232 residents within Idaho.

Preston, ID
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Population: 5,932
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 134 (tenth safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 590 (fourth safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Preston: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Home to the Napoleon Dynamite Festival and the Idaho Festival of Lights is our fifth safest city in Idaho: Preston. This eastern corner city where Idaho meets Utah is one of the best kept secrets of the West.

Hardworking Idaho roots run deep in this corner of the country and it is evident in the numbers. They scored an 8/10 snackability score with an emphasis on safety and available jobs. Preston is every outdoor enthusiasts dream with the mountains, reservoirs, and parks that surround it. Just don't try cruising down those mountains without a sled, that wouldn't be safe and that would hurt.

Whether you're taking in a rodeo or snowmobiling the city's trails, the term SAFE takes on an important meaning in Preston. It's a family friendly town in Franklin County where the treets re or veryone. The people here are super welcoming and there are a ton of safe, family friendly activities.

Population: 5,428
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 73 (safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 884 (13th safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Rigby: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Established in 1884, Rigby in Jefferson County, Idaho, is ranked as the sixth safest city statewide as of 2024. It boasts a low 4 violent crimes and an even fewer 48 property offenses, highlighting its security.

Rigby's safety is mirrored in its crime rates per capita, with 73/100k people for violent offenses and 884/100k people for property crimes, earning it a rank of safest for violent crime safety within the state.

Population: 5,025
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 119 (eighth safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 636 (sixth safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Kimberly: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Kimberly, founded in 1905 and named after Peter L. Kimberly, ranks as the seventh safest city in Idaho for 2024. At an elevation of 3,924 feet, the city boasts low rates of violent crime, positioning it at eighth safest for violent offenses statewide.

The comprehensive safety is highlighted by minimal instances of rape and aggravated assault, contributing to a total crime rate of 756/100k people per capita among its 5,025 inhabitants, underscoring Kimberly's commitment to security in Twin Falls County.

Fruitland, ID
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Population: 6,823
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (seventh safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 703 (eighth safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Fruitland: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Where the fruit orchards spill out into Western Treasure Valley at the Idaho/Oregon border is Fruitland. This town, where the only crimes being committed might be leaving Mr. Potato Head without a mouth, is our eighth safest city in potato-land.

Fruitland Is known as the "The Big Apple of Idaho," so one might think it resembles wily New York City; but just the opposite, it is super chill and super safe. This little outdoor enthusiast's dream is known for its safe, family friendly atmosphere. There is a ton of stuff to do in this little town with only 6,823 residents in the middle of Payette County. They have fruit orchards where you could spend an entire day picking apples; and for the adventurous type, you can kayak, hike, and/or ski as far as the eye can see.

Just 60 minutes northwest of Boise, Fruitland is the kind of place where one can safely cruise the roads on snowmobiles, dog sleds, and x-country skis. It's also the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch. If they do, however, it was probably a grizzly bear; and take it from us, you should pick your battles.

Meridian, ID
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Population: 132,522
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 140 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 630 (fifth safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Meridian: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Where the Snake River meets the Boise River in the Treasure Valley is Meridian. This our ninth safest city in Idaho. This little city, nestled between the state's capital and Nampa, is super family friendly and virtually crime free. Heck, they don't even start fights when people throw out the 'no, You-Dah-Ho' joke.

Meridian's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was a 9/10! Not surprising, considering their safety rating scored an 8/10 and percentage of educated residents scored an 8.5/10. Busy potato farmers = less naughty potato farmers. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

It also not surprising that their city motto is 'Built for Business: Designed for LIving'. The people in this corner of the U.S. are super nice, hardworking, individuals that strive to create a better corner of the world for its residents. This is probably why they are considered the state's and country's fastest-growing cities and one our safest.

So grab the fam, pack up the pick-up, pick out a potato farm, and get a-movin' so you don't miss out on any of their safe, family friendly, activities scheduled for 2024.

Hailey, ID
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Population: 9,789
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 214 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 429 (third safest)
Murders: 0
Murders Per 100k: 0
More on Hailey: Data | Crime | Real Estate

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Flip on your snowmobile hazards and slap a fluorescent orange safety jacket on that gigantic grizzly bear, and call Hailey, Idaho safe: our fifth safest city to be exact.

It might not be Barney Fife's Mayberry, but this little town with a vibrant downtown scene, unforgettable summer festivals, and year-round fun backed by a strong french fry industry is just as notable and just as safe. Probably why it's one of the most populous towns of the Wood River Valley. This little piece of heaven surrounded by the Sawtooth National Forest is a family friendly, safe city. It boasts convenient restaurants and stores and an occasional rodeo or two. It's a great place to raise a family. And word on the street is that young professionals are starting to take notice and move Hailey's direction. Heck, you could be Bruce Willis' or Demi Moore's neighbor! So don't wait, because the word is out.

And if you want to read more about how great Hailey is, check out our article 'The Best Cities in Idaho'. Not surprising, Hailey also made our top ten.

Methodology: How we calculated the safest cities in Idaho for 2024

Safest Cities in Idaho Graph

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in Idaho are the safest, we wanted to rely on something other than speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent crime report in Idaho.

Specifically, we used Saturday Night Science to analyze the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, which summarizes the number of property and violent crimes in each city annually. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)

For example, there were 185 crimes committed in Rexburg, with a reported population of 35,711. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0052, which translates into a 1 in 193 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at Idaho cities that have populations of more than 5,000. This filter left us with 30 of the biggest cities in Idaho to rank.

We ranked each city for each criterion from 1 to 30 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each place's two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score, "The Safest Place In Idaho," with any ties going to the bigger city.

The safest city in Idaho, based on our criteria, is Rexburg. The most dangerous city in Idaho? Garden City, where residents had a 1 in 37 chance of being the victim of a crime.

This article has been update for 2024. This report marks our tenth time ranking the safest places to live in Idaho. All the data comes from the FBI's Crime In The USA 2022 report.

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Summary: The Safest Cities In The Gem State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Rexburg is as safe as they come in Idaho, according to science and data.

But as most Idaho residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

The safest places in Idaho are .

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Idaho according to the data:

  1. Garden City
  2. Twin Falls
  3. Blackfoot
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Idaho For 2024?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k Murders Per 100k Murders
1 Rexburg, ID 35,711 95 422 2 1
2 Weiser, ID 5,986 133 283 0 0
3 Rathdrum, ID 8,968 89 691 0 0
4 Shelley, ID 5,232 76 802 0 0
5 Preston, ID 5,932 134 590 0 0
6 Rigby, ID 5,428 73 884 0 0
7 Kimberly, ID 5,025 119 636 0 0
8 Fruitland, ID 6,823 117 703 0 0
9 Meridian, ID 132,522 140 630 0 0
10 Hailey, ID 9,789 214 429 0 0
11 Sandpoint, ID 9,429 74 1,049 10 1
12 Middleton, ID 10,845 230 774 9 1
13 Moscow, ID 26,240 91 1,288 15 4
14 Payette, ID 8,657 254 854 0 0
15 Post Falls, ID 46,306 194 1,047 2 1
16 Mountain Home, ID 16,357 262 972 0 0
17 Boise, ID 239,074 247 1,203 1 3
18 Coeur D'alene, ID 57,061 308 1,016 1 1
19 Rupert, ID 6,107 261 1,162 0 0
20 Jerome, ID 12,806 374 1,038 0 0
21 Emmett, ID 8,007 624 874 0 0
22 Lewiston, ID 34,711 181 2,638 2 1
23 Nampa, ID 111,501 351 1,267 4 5
24 Chubbuck, ID 15,970 256 2,536 6 1
25 Idaho Falls, ID 68,162 347 1,371 2 2
26 Caldwell, ID 66,940 443 1,307 4 3
27 Pocatello, ID 57,914 410 1,348 0 0
28 Blackfoot, ID 12,437 345 2,211 8 1
29 Twin Falls, ID 54,648 444 1,451 3 2
30 Garden City, ID 12,279 700 1,954 0 0

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