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Known for its potato farms and not too much else, Idaho is actually a beautiful state with breathtaking mountain ranges, rushing rivers and--most relevant to the purposes of this project--remarkably low crime figures. The Gem State’s 2.79 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants is the one of the lowest in the nation, and it’s not far behind in property crime; it’s 23.88 per 1K is good enough for 8th best overall. Idaho’s low crime rates give it the title of the safest state in the region.

2.79 Average violent crime per 1,000
23.88 Average property crime per 1,000

Rexburg, a city of 28,112 in Madison County founded by Mormon pioneers, ranks as the overall safest community in a very low crime state. Known for its outdoor recreation opportunities and as being home to BYU-Idaho, the small city boasts numbers of just 0.32 violent crimes per 1,000 and 6.72 property crimes per 1,000. Proudly one of the most politically conservative communities in the country, the following cities in the ranking--while safe in their own right--don’t even come close to matching these figures.

Meridian, a burgeoning city of 94,113 recently named the second largest in the state, ranks as the #2 safest in Idaho due to a mere 1.12 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. The oddly christened Moscow, a smaller town near the border of Washington, is #3 with only 18 reported violent crimes.

1.  REXBURG

28,112 Population
9 Violent Crimes
189 Property Crimes
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2. MERIDIAN

94,113 Population
105 Violent Crimes
1,457 Property Crimes

3. MOSCOW

25,307 Population
18 Violent Crimes
485 Property Crimes

4. MOUNTAIN HOME

13,627 Population
22 Violent Crimes
258 Property Crimes

5. CALDWELL

52,792 Population
131 Violent Crimes
1,028 Property Crimes

Idaho's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent
crime
Property
crime
Violent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Rexburg28,11291890.326.72
2Meridian94,1131051,4571.1215.48
3Moscow25,307184850.7119.16
4Mountain Home13,627222581.6118.93
5Caldwell52,7921311,0282.4819.47
6Jerome11,234422193.7419.49
7Twin Falls48,0831571,0703.2722.25
8Boise220,7496575,1342.9823.26
9Post Falls31,026717592.2924.46
10Idaho Falls59,6152531,3674.2422.93
11Coeur d'Alene50,1551731,4183.4528.27
12Nampa91,5203322,6433.6328.88
13Pocatello54,4622071,6303.8029.93
14Blackfoot11,700443613.7630.85
15Chubbuck14,515295532.0038.10
16Lewiston32,665461,3301.4140.72
17Garden City11,667764286.5136.68

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Idaho, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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