Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Idaho?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Idaho — and anyone looking to move to Idaho — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Gem State for 2019:
- Garden City (Photos)
- Pocatello (Photos)
- Blackfoot (Photos)
- Twin Falls (Photos)
- Nampa (Photos)
- Coeur d’Alene (Photos)
- Boise City (Photos)
- Idaho Falls (Photos)
- Caldwell (Photos)
- Lewiston (Photos)
After analyzing 24 cities in Idaho, why did Garden City take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in Idaho.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Idaho
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Idaho for 2019?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 24 cities in Idaho.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 24 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Idaho — Garden City.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Idaho.
Located in the southwestern part of the state (as are many cities on this list), Garden City is nearly surrounded by Idaho’s capital, Boise.
Because of a 33% increase in violent crime from 2015-17, Garden City finds itself in 1st place for danger in 2017.
Property crime has remained stagnant in that time period, with residents — or anyone else who spends a year within the city limits — facing a 1 in 33.7 chance of being robbed each year.
Named after Chief Pocatello of the Shoshoni tribe, Pocatello is the 5th largest and 2nd most dangerous city in Idaho.
Residents have a 1 in 34.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and violent crime has gone up by nearly 50% between 2015-17, making Pocatello quite a dangerous place to be.
Located in the southeastern part of the state, Blackfoot is known as the Potato Capital of the World, and is home to the largest baked potato as well as the largest potato chip.
Blackfoot may not be too bad for violence (it’s only the 6th most violent place in Idaho), but its high property crime numbers are relatively poor.
The good news is that Blackfoot won’t be on this list at all if recent trends continue; violent crime fell by 22% between 2015-17, and property crime by 6%.
The largest city in a 100-mile radius, Twin Falls in the commercial center of south-central Idaho.
It also has something a crime problem; violent crime spiked in 2016, but fell back down 41% in 2017, while property crime fell a steady 12% from 2015-17.
In this case, Nampa finished as the 5th most dangerous place in the Gem State.
Violent crime is an issue as the city ranks 8th overall for violent crime, while also ranking 5th for property crime.
Couer d’Alene is the largest city in Idaho’s northern panhandle, and the most dangerous city in the whole state.
While Coeur d’Alene has seen a recent rise in tourism, this may change with its status as the most violent city in Idaho.
Residents face a 1 in 179 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 27 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, numbers that have hardly been changing in recent years.
Boise City ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Idaho according to the FBI data.
The city ranks as having the 8th highest property crime rank and 9th highest violent crime rank in the Gem State.
Idaho Falls’s recent explosion of crime makes it the 8th most dangerous place to live in the Gem State.
Between 2015-17, both violent and property crime rates nearly tripled, leaving residents with a 1 in 282 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 54.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.
If the trend continues, we can expect to see the town of Idaho Falls top this list in a few years’ time.
Nicknamed “the Treasure of the Valley,” Caldwell has seen some decent improvements to its crime statistics lately.
Between 2015-17, violent crime fell by 12% and property crime by 22%.
That’s good news for Caldwell and for Boise, since it is part of the Boise metro area, and is located only 25 miles west of the capital.
Lewiston isn’t in the top for either category of crime, but a cumulatively bad score lands it in 10th place.
On the bright side, violent crime was reformed in a serious way between 2016, with the instances dropping to 53.
That amounts to a 1 in 623 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Locking It All Up In Idaho
The latest FBI crime data shows that Garden City ranks as the most dangerous city in Idaho for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Garden City and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Idaho:
- Hailey (Pop. 8,267)
- Fruitland (Pop. 5,205)
- Rexburg (Pop. 28,698)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho