These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Gem State for 2019.

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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:

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

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

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Idaho

Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho Graph

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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.

Garden City, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,708
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 563 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,963 (1st 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 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.

Pocatello, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,814
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 443 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,935 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Pocatello:  Data | Photos

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.

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,870
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 345 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,864 (3rd 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 2015-17, and property crime by 6%.

Twin Falls, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 48,912
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 429 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,631 (6th 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 2016, but fell back down 41% in 2017, while property crime fell a steady 12% from 2015-17.

Nampa, ID

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 93,064
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 283 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,637 (5th most dangerous)
More on Nampa:  Data | Photos

Nampa has more violent crime than most cities in the Gem State.

While property crime dropped by 10% between 2015-17, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.

In 2017, Nampa residents had a 1 in 37.9 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Coeur D

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 51,364
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 383 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,223 (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.

Boise City, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 225,677
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 279 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,444 (8th most dangerous)
More on Boise City:  Data | Photos

The 1st most populated city in the state and home of the University of Idaho, Boise City’s recent rise in crime lands it on this list.

Between 2015-17, violent crime rose and property crime increased, which “earned” Boise City the title of 7th most dangerous city in Idaho.

Idaho Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 60,727
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 354 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,847 (14th most dangerous)
More on Idaho Falls:  Data | Photos

Idaho Falls comes in 8th on our list for the most dangerous places in Idaho.

Residents of Idaho Falls have a 1 in 45.4 chance of being the victim of a crime. For reference, the most dangerous place in the country has about a 1 in 5 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Idaho Falls ranks as the 14th highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.

Caldwell, ID

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 54,345
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 255 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,950 (12th 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 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, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 33,029
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 160 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,855 (4th most dangerous)
More on Lewiston:  Data | Photos

Lewiston ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Idaho because it has a marginally higher rate of violent crime.

Residents of Lewiston had a 1 in 623 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder, or assault in 2017, and a 1 in 35.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

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:

  1. Hailey (Pop. 8,267)
  2. Fruitland (Pop. 5,205)
  3. Rexburg (Pop. 28,698)

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Garden City 11,708 563 2,963
2 Pocatello 54,814 443 2,935
3 Blackfoot 11,870 345 2,864
4 Twin Falls 48,912 429 2,631
5 Nampa 93,064 283 2,637
6 Coeur d’Alene 51,364 383 2,223
7 Boise City 225,677 279 2,444
8 Idaho Falls 60,727 354 1,847
9 Caldwell 54,345 255 1,950
10 Lewiston 33,029 160 2,855
11 Jerome 11,380 237 2,196
12 Post Falls 32,583 199 2,258
13 Payette 7,405 243 1,944
14 Emmett 6,747 340 1,289
15 Moscow 25,576 132 2,474
16 Mountain Home 13,772 225 1,648
17 Rupert 5,849 222 1,590
18 Rathdrum 8,113 197 1,097
19 Preston 5,372 186 1,079
20 Meridian 99,241 150 1,500
21 Middleton 7,486 93 841
22 Hailey 8,267 157 532
23 Fruitland 5,205 57 730
24 Rexburg 28,698 38 613

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho For 2019

  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.

  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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