10 Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Idaho and is updated 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.

So what is the most dangerous city in Idaho? After analyzing 24 cities in Idaho, Garden City takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Idaho based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Idaho For 2019

Garden City, ID

Overall SnackAbility

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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
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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
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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

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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.

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.

Nampa, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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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 is also the home to quite a bit of crime.

Despite the fact that violent crime and property crime dropped between 2015-17, Nampa’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.

In 2017, residents still faced a 1 in 352 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 2,455 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in Nampa city limits.

Coeur D

Overall SnackAbility

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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
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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

Boise City 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.

Idaho Falls, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
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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, with a population of around 60,727 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.

Currently, residents have a 1 in 54.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 282 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 8th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Idaho.

Caldwell, ID

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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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
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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

The 9th most populated city in the state, Lewiston is considered the cultural center of northeastern Idaho.

It is also the center of quite a bit of crime, but at least Lewistonns are working on fixing it — violent crime was reduced by 4% between 2015-17, and property crime by 5%.

Still, residents had around a 1 in 623 chance of being the victim of violence and about a 1 in 35.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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:

Where Are 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

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7 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Idaho

  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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