The 10 Drunkest Cities In Idaho For 2024

We used Saturday Night Science to determine the drunkest cities in Idaho.

Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

You guys don’t have a ton of bars in Idaho, but you’re ranked as the 11th drunkest state in the union.

We’re not judging, it actually sounds like it’s a lot of fun up there.

We also noticed Idaho has the 2nd highest concentration of DUI arrests in the U.S.

Okay, we’re gonna judge you on that one, that’s just plain stupid.

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

Incidentally, Idaho has one of the highest marriage rates in the country, but also has the 5th highest divorce rate in the nation.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Cities in Idaho.

For more reading on Idaho, check out:

What drunken criteria did we use?

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

1. Sandpoint

Sandpoint, ID

Source: Wikipedia User Mitchazenia | CC BY-SA 4.0

Population: 7,397
Divorce rate: 21.8%
Bars per capita: 1st
Liquor stores per capita: 3rd

Wow, Sandpoint. It sounds like you guys are tore up from the floor up. Based on the data, it sounds like you are all having a really, really good time.

In fact, it was a blowout. When you consider the amount of booze per capita, it was Sandpoint, and then everyone else. And the divorce rate is the highest in Idaho as well.

When 1 in 5 people have already split up, and there are a high number of bars in town, what do you think people are doing to do?

Drink it up, Sandpoint, Idaho. You’ve certainly earned it.

2. Coeur d’Alene

Coeur D'Alene, ID

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Population: 44,426
Divorce rate: 16.8%
Bars per capita: 14th
Liquor stores per capita: 13th

No surprises that one of the largest cities in Idaho is also one of the drunkest.

There are lots of places to throw back some beers and shots in the Coeur D’Alene area. But the divorce rate is what really stands out. About 1 in 6 couples here has hit the Big D.

Whether it’s in part to the number of bars in the area, or people need all the opportunities they can to numb the pain, but either way, it’s clear that folks in this part of the state are getting bleary eyed at a higher rate than in most other places in Idaho.

3. Boise

Boise, ID

Source: Wikipedia User Robbymilo | CC BY-SA 4.0

Population: 214,237
Divorce rate: 13.9%
Bars per capita: 23rd
Liquor stores per capita: 26th

Sure, there are lots of bars and places to get booze in Boise, but overall, there are far less alcohol related areas in Boise, per capita, than in many of the smaller cities on this list.

Plus, Boise State was ranked only the 3rd biggest party school in Idaho by Which isn’t saying very much.

Boise has three breweries as well.

4. Lewiston

Lewiston, ID

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Population: 31,862
Divorce rate: 14.2%
Bars per capita: 5th
Liquor stores per capita: 9th

Lewiston is another one of Idaho’s larger cities with one of the highest concentrations of heavy drinkers. The number of bars per capita is 5th in the state, which is really high for a city of more than 30,000.

And, there are plenty of liquor stores in the area as well, for the less social who enjoy a quiet evening on the couch with the cat.

And with large events such as the Lewiston Round Up, Dogwood Festival, Hot August Nights, and Christmas Festival you can bet the amount of inebriated people has some major peaks throughout the year.

The number of drunk Tweets coming from Lewiston was also far above average. Here’s a gem:

“What a boring life it must be to look forward to getting drunk in Lewiston every weekend and literally nothing else.”

5. Pocatello

Pocatello, ID

Source: Public domain

Population: 54,145
Divorce rate: 13%
Bars per capita: 9th
Liquor stores per capita: 5th

Both the number of bars and liquor stores are in the top 10 in the state in Pocatello. A since it’s home to Idaho State University, there’s most likely a large number of younger people getting hammered all the time here.

Pocatello’s nickname is the U.S. Smile Capitol. You can probably guess why; when lots of people are liquored up, they are most likely a lot sillier than they would be otherwise.

6. Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, ID

Source: Wikipedia User Staplegunther at English Wikipedia | GFDL

Population: 57,021
Divorce rate: 13.8%
Bars per capita: 4th
Liquor stores per capita: 17th

Home of the famous Idaho Brewing Company, and the 4th highest concentration of bars in the state, Idaho Falls has a whole lot of drinking going on.

Downtown Idaho Falls has really seen a resurgence with the number of restaurants and bars, and the greenbelt along the Snake River has a large number of cultural festivities throughout the year as well, many of which likely involve people walking around buzzed.

There weren’t very many Tweets coming from the Idaho Falls area, surprisingly. However, this one just about summed it up:

“Driving around at 1 am in Idaho Falls is sketchy. Everyone is either drunk or a cop.”

7. Nampa

Nampa, ID

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Population: 81,867
Divorce rate: 12.4%
Bars per capita: 15th
Liquor stores per capita: 15th

There’s a couple of breweries in Nampa, and plenty of bars to keep folks there entertained every night of the week. And, for a large city, the divorce rate is pretty high, meaning a larger percentage of people in Nampa broke up due to alcohol abuse.

If you’re newly single in Nampa, buck up cowboy. Head on back out to the bar and get back in the game. After all, the next Mrs. You might just be sitting at the end of the bar waiting for you to come talk to her.

8. Garden City

Garden City, ID

Source: Wikipedia User Kencf0618 | CC BY-SA 3.0

Population: 11,095
Divorce rate: 13.5%
Liquor stores per capita: 13th
Bars per capita: 2nd

Garden City actually has the 2nd highest concentration of liquor stores in Idaho. Plus, it has one of the higher divorce rates in the state.

According to the official city web page, the only events planned for the next three months are city council meetings. What would you rather do if you lived in Garden City – listen to rural planning chatter or whoop it up at The Bully?’

Enough said.

9. Moscow

Moscow, ID

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Population: 23,866
Divorce rate: 6%
Bars per capita: 3rd
Liquor stores per capita: 10th

No, we’re not talking about Moscow, Russia, which probably drinks more vodka per capita than the rest of the world combined. This is Moscow, Idaho, where there are quite a few places along Main Street to get your white Russians and dirty martinis.

However, these might be the most functional drinkers in the entire state. The divorce rate in Moscow is just about as low as it gets in the entire nation. At 6%, that means couples here have their family values in place. Which is truly inspiring for all of the non-functional alcoholics in the rest of the state.

The University of Idaho in Moscow was rated as the top party school in the state as well.

10. Hailey

Hailey, ID

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,905
Divorce rate: 11%
Bars per capita: 2nd
Liquor stores per capita: 1st

Where is this little city of 8,000 somewhat boozed up people? We’re glad you asked. Hailey is a couple beers south of Ketchum. But we’re pretty sure they know the back roads, right?

The concentration of bars and liquor stores is just about the highest in the state. However, the divorce rate is really low here. Good for you guys, able to keep things together and all. Maybe the alcohol is the glue in your relationship. Or, perhaps a lot of the couples here actually met at the bar.

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Idaho where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

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About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

2 thoughts on “The 10 Drunkest Cities In Idaho For 2024

  1. Having lived in Sandpoint for fifteen years, I was wondering if you took into account the fact that Sandpoint serves a population of about 15,000. Along with more bars & liquor outlets than the average per capita, there are also more hardware stores, more salons, more restaurants, more of everything. The retail options for the greater Sandpoint area are impressive for a town of about 8k.

    There are similar perspectives for each of the criterion you chose, but I’m short on time today. Just remember: there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. ;o)

  2. Just to make sure you guys know, Garden City is literally surrounded by the city of Boise. You probably should have just rolled it in with the rest of the capital.

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