10 Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Gem State for 2020.

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Idaho may have some of the most friendly people and be one of the most laid back states in the country, but living in the Gem State does come with a set of risks.

That’s right, Idaho has some pretty dangerous places and RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where those places are located: we’ve created a list of the most dangerous places in Idaho for 2020. How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 25 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Idaho’s violent and property crime numbers, while not the worst in the country, could be better.

We also discovered that Idaho is the tenth fastest growing state in the country. And, sadly, some of Idaho’s fastest growing cities have found a spot on the list of the most dangerous places in the state.The infrastructure in cities like and Nampa and Caldwell are still trying to figure out how to meet the demands of their growing population in terms of law enforcement.

And while Idaho might not be one of the top ten most dangerous states in the country, the state’s most dangerous places do need some work. And that work needs to start at Idaho’s number one most dangerous places.

Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more? Keep reading.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Idaho for 2020:

  1. Garden City (Photos)
  2. Chubbuck (Photos)
  3. Pocatello (Photos)
  4. Twin Falls (Photos)
  5. Blackfoot (Photos)
  6. Coeur d’Alene (Photos)
  7. Nampa (Photos)
  8. Caldwell (Photos)
  9. Boise
  10. Idaho Falls (Photos)

Do we think there’s a direct correlation between the places in Idaho with high unemployment rates, low wages, and high crime to the places that made the state’s most dangerous list? Absolutely. And this is most evident in Idaho’s number one most dangerous place.

So without further adieu…the most dangerous place in Idaho is Garden City.

To see how your city faired, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in Idaho.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Idaho

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Idaho For 2020

Garden City, ID

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 12,025
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 681 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,943 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Garden City:  Data | Photos

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 2017-2018, Garden City finds itself in 1st place for danger in 2018.

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 34.0 chance of being robbed each year.

Chubbuck, ID

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Population: 14,998
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 366 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,520 (1st most dangerous)
More on Chubbuck:  Data | Photos

Coming in 2nd is Chubbuck, a city of over 14,998.

With residents facing a 1 in 272 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018, Chubbuck ranked 4th for that criteria.

Property crime now ranks 1st in Idaho.

Pocatello, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,317
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 377 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,834 (4th most dangerous)
More on Pocatello:  Data | Photos

Named after Chief Pocatello of the Shoshoni tribe, Pocatello is the 6th largest and 3rd most dangerous city in Idaho.

Residents have a 1 in 35.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and violent crime has gone up by nearly 50% between 2017-2018, making Pocatello quite a dangerous place to be.

Twin Falls, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 49,908
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 450 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,364 (7th most dangerous)
More on Twin Falls:  Data | Photos

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 2017, but fell back down 41% in 2018, while property crime fell a steady 12% from 2017-2018.

Review Of Twin Falls by HomeSnacks User

I live there till I was 11 and I’m 34 now and back then I remember Not much older then me at time fighting and putting each other in wheel chairs slicing faces and necks, stabbing and shooting each other to death and it was like another day in the neighborhood. The way I explain it to my girlfriend is that it’s a small town with a chip on its shoulder that no one knows of so they have too go the extreme to show that they are just as ruff as the big cities. Much like the youngest kids in the gang are the most dangerous cause they have more to prove. Anyways I live Seattle now. And miss Maxies and Papa kelseys but that’s it. Oh and the schools s**k a*s. Nothing to do except cow tipping and trying not to date your cousins, yeah it’s a thing…

Dirkys lake was my favorite place to go when i did live there which was right off the snake river down a lil canyon and if u hike behind that they which was called then the hidden lakes which was like 3 or 4 of them and u could go cliff jumping off of them, but lots of deaths probably 3 each year when I live there I think don’t quote me on that, and the other thing which is really popular now, it wasnt so much when i lived there but I think they had to capitalize on it to help the city gain more publicity is base jumping off the bridge with a but I hear about 3-5 people die each year doin that too but has gained a lot of attention across the nation and the world I believe for the extreme seeking fanatics at are into that stuff.

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 11,910
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 335 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,644 (5th most dangerous)
More on Blackfoot:  Data | Photos

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 2017-2018, and property crime by 6%.

Coeur D

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 51,650
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 363 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,881 (10th most dangerous)
More on Coeur d’Alene:  Data | Photos

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.

Nampa, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 95,386
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 280 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,541 (6th most dangerous)
More on Nampa:  Data | Photos

Nampa ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Idaho with the 9th highest violent crime rate in the state.

However, the city ranks as one of the poorer in Idaho according to one of earlier analyzes, so that must also contribute to a higher than average crime rate.

Caldwell, ID

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 55,936
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 327 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,148 (8th most dangerous)
More on Caldwell:  Data | Photos

Nicknamed “the Treasure of the Valley,” Caldwell has seen some decent improvements to its crime statistics lately.

Between 2017-2018, 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.

9. Boise

Boise, ID

Population: 229,265
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 276 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,018 (9th most dangerous)
More on Boise:

You have a 1 in 49.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Boise and a 1 in 361 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Review Of Boise by HomeSnacks User

Boise is a great place to visit! Many sunny days in summer make it a great place for camping, hiking, fishing, tubing down the river, boating, and many other outdoor activities!

I love how easy it is to get to rural areas with trails for hiking.

Idaho Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 61,643
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 334 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,557 (14th most dangerous)
More on Idaho Falls:  Data | Photos

Idaho Falls ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Idaho.

The sheer volume of people passing through Idaho Falls probably contributes to the high occurrence of violent crime within the city. There were 206 violent crimes in 2018.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Idaho for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 25 cities in Idaho.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 25 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.

Locking It All Up In Idaho

The latest FBI crime data shows that Garden City ranks as the most dangerous city in Idaho for 2020.

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:

  1. Rathdrum (Pop. 8,508)
  2. Middleton (Pop. 7,762)
  3. Rexburg (Pop. 28,765)

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Garden City 12,025 681 2,943
2 Chubbuck 14,998 366 4,520
3 Pocatello 55,317 377 2,834
4 Twin Falls 49,908 450 2,364
5 Blackfoot 11,910 335 2,644
6 Coeur d’Alene 51,650 363 1,881
7 Nampa 95,386 280 2,541
8 Caldwell 55,936 327 2,148
9 Boise 229,265 276 2,018
10 Idaho Falls 61,643 334 1,557

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7 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho For 2020

  1. This is ridiculous! Idaho is very safe overall..what on earth were you looking at? And how can Caldwell be so far down the list? Where is Nampa? Must not have been counting actual shootings in your statistics.

  2. McCall #3. It is a resort town with activities that invite large numbers of people looking for a good time away from home. Examples: Winter Carnival estimated crowd of 45K (unofficial) on the Saturday of the parade; 4th of July large numbers of young adults @ North Beach & Fireworks show demonstrating the excessive use of alcohol.

  3. This is really silly Caldwell and McCall? McCall is just a vacation spot and Caldwell is a small town with no violence! Go look at Chicago or Portland or New York City and then see what you think

  4. There is no place in the US which is 100% safe to live in. There is crime everywhere. It is a signs of the times and moral decay. I do understand that Pocatello, Boise and other parts of Idaho are experiencing crime by muslims refugees. Three MUSLIM refugees, ages 14, 10, and 7, from Iraq and Eritrea, have pled guilty to sexually assaulting a disabled five-year-old girl and filming themselves doing it in Twin Falls, Idaho. As long as liberals continue to allow muslim refugees into their states, such as Idaho, we will see an increase in muslim crime and violence against none-muslims. Liberals are a signs of the times and moral decay.

    1. I agree, LilyDarcey. Boise has far too many misguided liberals doing everything they can to destroy Boise and destroy Idaho. Bringing in refugees from 3rd and 4th world countries where violence is an every day occurrence ensures that you are bringing people here who have a disturbed mindset to begin with. Liberalism is a mental disorder, and Boise is infected by this disease.

  5. These lists are grossly oversimplified misrepresentations and should be disregarded as nonsensical. There are a number of variables that should have been taken into consideration when these lists were compiled.
    Here is a short list I’ve developed of the 3 most exotic vacation destinations on earth.
    Using a state-of-the-art optical sensory inhibitor apparatus (blindfold), a multi-functional index appendage precision locator gadget (finger), a semi accurate celestial sphere replica doodad, and based on no research what-so-ever, here is the 3 most exotic vacation destinations on earth… #1: the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Bring a raincoat. #2: Mauritania. Near the border of Mali. Sounds cold. #3: the Pacific Ocean again. This time about 270 miles West of Jarvis.

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