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.
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.
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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.
A city of Bannock County, Chubbuck’s ranked as the 2nd most dangerous city in Idaho.
With regards to crime, Chubbuck has little to celebrate of late, with violent and property crime rates each going up by roughly 11% between 2017-2018.
There’s now a 1 in 20.5 chance of being the victim of a crime.
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.
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.
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%.
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 has placed 6th for property crime per capita in the state.
Residents of Nampa faced a 1 in 6th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, violent crime bumped up between 2017-2018, making Nampa the 9th most violent city in Idaho.
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.
Rank Last Year: –
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 276 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,018 (9th most dangerous)
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In this case, Boise finished as the 9th most dangerous place in the Gem State.
Violent crime is an issue as the city ranks 10th overall for violent crime, while also ranking 9th for property crime.
Located in the southeastern corner of the state, on the Atlantic coast, Lewiston ranks 10th for its danger.
In 2011, Lewiston wouldn’t have made this list, but a whopping increase in violent crime between 2017-2018 changed that.
In 2018, residents faced a 1 in 686 chance of being the victim of violence, which would put Lewiston at 19th for the year in Idaho.
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Idaho
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 Idaho 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
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:
- Rathdrum (Pop. 8,508)
- Middleton (Pop. 7,762)
- Rexburg (Pop. 28,765)
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