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:
- Garden City (Photos)
- Pocatello (Photos)
- Blackfoot (Photos)
- Nampa (Photos)
- Idaho Falls (Photos)
- Coeur D’Alene (Photos)
- Chubbuck (Photos)
- Jerome (Photos)
- Sandpoint (Photos)
- Lewiston (Photos)
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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Idaho for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 26 cities in Idaho.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 26 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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Idaho.
1. Garden City
Population: 11,667Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 651
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,668
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 2014-16, Garden City finds itself in 1st place for danger in 2016.
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 27.3 chance of being robbed each year.
Population: 54,462Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 380
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,992
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 33.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and violent crime has gone up by nearly 50% between 2014-16, making Pocatello quite a dangerous place to be.
Population: 11,700Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 376
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,085
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 5th 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 2014-16, and property crime by 6%.
Population: 91,520Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 362
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,887
Nampa ranks highly for the occurrence of crime. In particular, violent crime rates in Nampa stick out for being the 8th worst in Idaho.
There were 332 violent crimes in Nampa, but that’s down from earlier in the decade.
A City Data user says, “I dO NOT recommend Nampa for a single person looking to get out there and have fun and meet people.” Probably because going out there leads to crime.
5. Idaho Falls
Population: 59,615Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 424
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,293
Idaho Falls is the 2nd most violent of the most dangerous cities in Idaho, but it’s 12th in terms of property crime.
That is partially due to a hike in property crime from 2014-16, which left residents with a 1 in 43.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.
Violent crime also went up during this period, so Idaho Falls’s trend means it might stay in the top 10 for a few years.
6. Coeur D’Alene
Population: 50,155 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 344
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,827
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.
Population: 14,515Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 199
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,809
Chubbuck, a city in Bannock County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 500 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 29 attacks in a city of only 14,515 residents.
Population: 11,234 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 373
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,949
Jerome took the 8th spot on our.
While violent crime isn’t so much of an issue (it ranks 6th out of 26), property crime seems to be pretty prevalent as it ranks 14th overall in that category.
Jerome has a relatively high population density, which might contribute to the above average property crime rate.
Population: 7,931Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 264
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,736
Located near the top of Idaho’s panhandle, Sandpoint is home to the state’s largest ski resort, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and was named the most beautiful small town by USA Today in 2011.
And while Sandpoint’s violent crime statistics are fairly average (23rd out of 44), it has the worst property crime statistics in Idaho.
Anyone who spent a year within Sandpoint city limits faced a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016, a number that rose by 25% from 2011.
Population: 32,665Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 140
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,071
A city in Nez Perce County, Lewiston has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.
Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 710 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.
Locking It All Up In Idaho
The latest FBI crime data shows that Garden City ranks as the most dangerous city in Idaho for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Garden City’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Idaho:
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