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.
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.
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Idaho's Safest Cities
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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.