These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Idaho For 2018


We analyzed tons of data to determine which places in the Gem State are the real pits.

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Idaho is one of those off-the-radar states that you don’t hear about very often. As far as we’re concerned, Idaho is a beautiful state with hard-working Americans. But we’re not here to debate Idaho’s merits — either good or bad.

We’re here to simply make an unbiased, research-driven analysis of where the worst places to live in Idaho are. And for those looking to visit the Gem State, or move there permanently, this list should provide some value.

According to scientific data, and after analyzing the most populated cities, these are the worst 10 places that you could possibly live in Idaho:

  1. Emmett (Photos)
  2. Nampa (Photos)
  3. Weiser (Photos)
  4. Payette
  5. Caldwell (Photos)
  6. Middleton
  7. Jerome
  8. Rupert (Photos)
  9. Burley (Photos)
  10. Pocatello (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2018.

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

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How we determined the worst places to live in Idaho for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,300 people were considered — leaving 30 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 30 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one ‘Worst Place To Live Score’.

Finally, we ranked every city on the ‘Worst Place To Live Score’ with the lowest score being the worst city in Idaho — Emmett. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Idaho.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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1. Emmett

Emmett, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,590
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $103,600 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (1st worst)
Emmett, Idaho, about 45 minutes north of Boise (without traffic), has some of the highest home vacancy rates and has a higher than normal unemployment rate in the state. Additionally, the income is almost dead last in Idaho.

If commute time is important, Emmett residents have the 3rd longest commute of any residents on our list.

2. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,896
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Values: $120,900 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (8th worst)
Nampa places 2nd in our ranking of the worst places to live in Idaho.

Nampa has worse crime and much higher unemployment than its neighbor, Boise.

While Nampa’s unemployment rate is lower than average, its residents earn about $10,000 less a year than residents of Boise at $41,210.

3. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $95,500 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (7th worst)
Weiser, about 76 miles north of Boise, has almost the worst unemployment in Idaho. Factor in longer than normal commute times and lower than normal household incomes and Weiser ranks as one of the worst places for residents of Idaho.

On the upside, Weiser has the 27th-highest crime rates in Idaho. So at least no one beats you up while you look for a job.

4. Payette


Population: 7,402
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Values: $104,900 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (5th worst)
There seems to be a pattern here, as Payette, another city on the western side of the Boise-Nampa area, ranks as the 4th-worst place to live in Idaho, according to the data.

Payette (population 7,402), which is about an hour drive north of Boise. The average household income here is less than most other cities in the state (16th lowest), and crime is exceptionally high for the state of Idaho.

At least the sun shines more here, as Payette has more sunny days than any other city except the town of Buhl.

5. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,288
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Values: $113,000 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (3rd worst)
On the other end of the spectrum, population wise, is Caldwell. Just south of Middleton, but with a population of nearly 50,000, Caldwell has, essentially, the highest unemployment rate in Idaho. Crime is exceptionally high for the state as well.

Additionally, 2030.0% of the population lives below the poverty line.

6. Middleton


Population: 6,416
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Values: $136,300 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (10th worst)
Tiny Middleton, about a 30-minute drive west of Boise, takes the honor of statistically, being the 6th worst place to live in the entire state of Idaho.

With higher than average crime, some of the highest unemployment rates in the state and a very sparsely populated land area, folks in Middleton may enjoy the open space, but they most likely want more jobs and higher-paying jobs as well.

Middleton doubles in population every ten years, so perhaps as people move there and commute into Boise, these numbers will change.

7. Jerome


Population: 11,140
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Home Values: $112,600 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (26th worst)
Jerome is the 16th most dangerous place in the state of Idaho. That’s part of the reason it’s the 7th worst place in Idaho.

The fact remains, that when you’re within Jerome city limits, you have a 1 in 50.9 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized.Does that sound like a fun place to live?

Did you know Jerome also has the 26th highest unemployment rate in the state at 4.0%? Or that homes are only valued at $112,600?

Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s little demand to live in Jerome.

8. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,702
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Home Values: $97,000 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (15th worst)
Rupert takes the 8th worst place spot on this list for a number of reasons — below average education, income, unemployment, and student expenditure statistics.

But what gives Rupert its main thrust toward the top of this shameful list is its crime index — the 28th worst in the whole state.

9. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,382
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Values: $103,200 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (29th worst)
Burley, ID needs a big hug right now. The unemployment rate here is 3.1%, the median income is just above the poverty line, and the crime is the 15th highest in the state. You have a 1 in 43.9 chance of being robbed here every year.

You could find a much better place to call home.

10. Pocatello

Pocatello, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,592
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Values: $135,500 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (9th worst)
Pocatello, one of the largest cities in Idaho, makes it toward the top of the list primarily due to the crime levels and education rankings. Expenditure per student is $6.586 — far lower than other cities in Idaho — and a teacher-to-student ratio of 23:1, also far lower than other cities on the list.

Pocatello does have a low unemployment rate (4.6%), and was named as one of the best small places for business and careers about eight years ago.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Idaho

If you’re looking at areas in Idaho with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Emmett ranks as the worst city to live in Idaho for 2018.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Idaho:

  1. Meridian (Pop. 88,247)
  2. Eagle (Pop. 22,711)
  3. Star (Pop. 7,255)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Idaho

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Emmett 1 1 6,590 13.0% $103,600
Nampa 2 4 87,896 7.8% $120,900
Weiser 3 2 5,350 8.1% $95,500
Payette 4 5 7,402 8.3% $104,900
Caldwell 5 7 50,288 10.6% $113,000
Middleton 6 8 6,416 7.1% $136,300
Jerome 7 3 11,140 4.0% $112,600
Rupert 8 10 5,702 6.1% $97,000
Burley 9 8 10,382 3.1% $103,200
Pocatello 10 12 54,592 7.2% $135,500
Blackfoot 11 6 11,878 6.1% $121,500
Sandpoint 12 15 7,698 4.6% $191,100
Rathdrum 13 11 7,357 6.9% $155,400
Coeur D’Alene 14 14 47,842 8.2% $172,700
Idaho Falls 15 15 58,933 5.3% $143,400
Twin Falls 16 13 46,623 4.1% $143,400
Preston 17 20 5,252 3.4% $145,000
Kuna 18 19 17,015 6.9% $144,500
Mountain Home 19 17 13,823 6.8% $132,400
Hayden 20 18 13,916 5.6% $193,400
Post Falls 21 22 30,157 5.4% $168,200
Lewiston 22 21 32,484 5.3% $167,200
Hailey 23 25 8,058 4.7% $266,500
Ammon 24 26 14,767 4.6% $167,000
Chubbuck 25 23 14,326 6.1% $158,200
Rexburg 26 24 27,114 10.8% $182,200
Moscow 27 28 24,855 9.3% $209,700
Star 28 27 7,255 2.6% $206,800
Eagle 29 29 22,711 4.0% $327,800
Meridian 30 30 88,247 4.3% $199,100

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85 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Idaho For 2018

  1. Obviously you don’t live in one of these towns. There’s something called “quality of life” and the majority of the people in these towns appreciate that. Friendly, helpful, and supportive describe the people and a more relaxed life is a lot more healthy than fighting the traffic in those larger city. I’ll take Emmett any day.

  2. Did your survey speak to any residents of the cities you evaluated? I would think their feedback would be valuable input to factor in if u want a realistic study. I’ve lived in Middleton for 9 years and love the peace and quiet I get from the ‘wide open spaces’, less light and air pollution. Great peace of mind to sometimes look out on the pastures, corn fields and I know what it means when I hear the song phrase about amber waves of grain – not to mention the comfort I feel when I hear my horse call out in the morning to greet me each day with a hardy hello. So many intangibles you missed. What a shame!

    1. I’ve lived in Middleton for 14 years and commuted to a job in Boise for the first 9 of them. I’m now a stay-home-mom of two. I thought the last comment about people commuting in the future was funny. As though no one does that now. If you are comparing our small town living to people who want city living then your correct – Middleton is not for them. We that prefer a quieter place to live away from our city jobs, it’s heaven.

      1. Totally agree. I like the wide open spaces. How about peace and quiet? I was raised and have lived in big cities for most of my life and I wouldn’t want to trade my experience for all the data or time that was taken to develop the survey results. I love being able to see a ton of stars on a no moon night and the people are really nice for the
        Most part.

  3. You means to conclusions is errant. You failed in fidelity of what points were qualified and subsequently quantified. Using Boise as part of this equation is additionally flawed and shows nothing more than bias regarding exactly which qualifying comparitors justified your conclusions. This was further compounded by your editorialized take on an erroneously drawn conclusion. I would suggest that any would be reader, reference the Pew reports and come to a better educated conclusion as to what town or city would help them best enjoy their stay.

  4. I would prefer that you left Population Density off of your criteria and then republish your list.

    The reason people live in some of these cities is because of low population density, which makes them more desirable.

  5. Obviously, the fact that Rathdrum’s high school was just ranked number one in the state for academics has no value in this survey. Wow, guys. Just wow.

  6. I fail to see how the distance away from boise has anything to do with determining the “best” place to live. You could have been way more specific with your analysis and have the same data listed for all the cities on your list. Maybe I want to know the unemployment rate for Pocatello as well as Sandpoint! I believe many people agree with me in saying, your survey has many flaws.

  7. I have lived in Idaho for nine years. I think anything south of Boise is the pits. It is dry, desert like, horrible education systems (Idaho ranks 49th in a lot of things such as education), unfriendly, fifth worse state to live in as an animal, horribly conservative, most towns are small and pretty much dumpy, 85% Mormon so if a person isn’t one it is hard to find a job, has polls showing they are the rudest and worse drivers in the country, and the list goes on. Don’t think of visiting southern Idaho unless you are white, Mormon and conservative.

    1. You obviously have never explored southern Idaho. Try getting off the freeway and take the back roads. There’s so much to explore and a lot of beauty to see.

    2. Your comments are as ignorant as this article. Living in Pocatello (which I love!) I have known plenty of non-Mormons and guess what….they are employed! People who say that drive me nuts because you obviously have never lived anywhere outside of your little bubble of black unicorns. I also love the beautiful parks and drives. Thank you for keeping your liberal ignorance up north.

    3. I am white, Mormon and conservative and I live in south-east Idaho. The people here are reserved and mostly mind their own business. I rather like it that way. But, I’ll tell you, whenever anyone is in need, and I mean anyone, they will do everything possible to help them. Crime here is ZERO. They may not be the most gregarious and lively bunch around, but they are some of the safest and kindest people around. And, with no exceptions I have ever seen, at least their youth keep their pants pulled up.

      1. Appreciate what you have to say.
        I’m from (a conservative area in) California.
        Yes, there are still a few of us who are not flaming
        liberals. Thank you

    4. Man, you’re right. Idaho stinks. Don’t move here. We are a bunch of rednecks. We live in small towns. We cling to our Bibles and guns. (gasp!) Wide open spaces without people is awful and oh so lonely. Small schools and small classrooms are the worst. Unlocked doors and freedom are certainly not the American values we want to have. Fresh air and low crime rates are horrible things to wake up to every day. Yup, stay outta Idaho. That’s just the way we like it.

        1. Yes I’m sure all you Idaho’ns want to keep your sect pure . So say what you will , wev’e heard it all before about how redneck Mormon Idaho’s say
          ” we don’t want you moving here” . Big deal ….I’ll come if i want too…..and so will anyone else if Idaho is where they want to live , so shut up & chill , you cant stop anyone or progress from coming . Except the change & be gracious about , and for hell sakes be nice to us , we’re not half as bad as you make us out to be. It’s not like we’re illegal Mexi’s ready to kidnap your blond hair’d , blue eye’d white baby…..ah ha ha ha lol and teach em witch craft ah ha ha he ha……I don’t want to see anywhere , including California , be over ran with dreamers , illegal mexi’s or whatever they call em. I know from experience, true experience, that once they take hold and move in , well…..no good comes from it……period. Even the Mexicans that have lived here awhile don’t want other Mexicans coming and frankly cant relate to them bc they grow up and have lived here for some time and can’t identify with the ” over the border Mexi’s ” just like you cant see us expanding out to your neck of the woods ! Anyway…..I’m getting off track and want to express my opinion about beautiful beautiful IDAHO ! IVE lived in Utah 30 yrs. Transferred from California about 30 yrs ago when the Teamsters Frieght company I started working for offered a paid transfer to Utah to work . So be it……because I’m exactly like the people you all curse at cause I feel the way they do and hi wanted more for my kids growing up………LIKE a chance…..that would be nice to start…….It’s very limited in Cally even though EVERYTHING ON EARTH is readly available to you…..many places there in Cally its so over ran with gangs , drugs , everything in life you and I detest . I feel so sorry for the families that will never be able to move away or make the change they desperately need to make , to overcome the present way of life they were probabley born & cursed into , as were their grandparents, great-grand parents AND of course their off-springs will be lucky to have a chance to make it out………I’m lucky enough to remember the BEATIFULL CAILIFORNIA …..not the grossed out present CALLY. I dont want to be disliked or or or looked down on for moving in your home state for a better way of life…….and believe you me , I’m biting my tongue as I write that down , because I think of all the Mexicans, illegal people hitting our borders , coming over anyway they can get here………..ALL , so they can try and have a better life , well , better than they would have if left where they were . SO……my point I guess is i truly understand both sides of the coin. I dont blame anyone for try’n their best to keep people from spoiling their beloved state…..honestly I do. HOWEVER…..I literly thank God in heaven for giving me the choice of relocation to many places I’ve never been to ……like Idaho….which , LOL , is a strong contender for me…..I’m thinking Sandpoint ID. However I’m totally in-love with Montana…….ah ha ha ha ha , but honestly……to little old me……you Idaho’ins don’t realize theres NOT a BAD place to live in your home state……I adore the whole state which I’ve had the pleasure of checking out since retiring. It’s a freaking wonderful state ! Love the people I’ve meet , lived the little towns , as well as the bigger towns I’ve spent time in. Seriously a nice nice state ! AND TRUST ME ….
          I know there’s Mormons LOL , all over the state, living there . It’s all good . Been a Baptist among them for 30 yrs and you know what……..I honestly think……NO……I honestly KNOW…….seriously…….I could have done so much worse in living somewhere else. I actually feel lucky and blessed I had a chance to live here in Utah. REMEMBER… there’s GOOD & BAD humans everywhere ! Utah really is a awesome place to live & raise kids I think……………..it’s just time to mossie on……..I can feel it , so that’s the plan for little old me ! OH , SORRY THIS POST IS SO LONG , didn’t mean to go on and on like I’ve done , so I’m very sorry about the reading length of my post ! Renee

          1. Renee Perri, I want to thank you for apologizing for your post being “so long” because it was way too long for me to read for sure. I think it’s a great idea to re-read before posting anything anywhere. Nobody wants to read everything little thing we think about a subject. Be concise and be sure it’s something of value or just find something else constructive to do with your time.

    5. That is way uncorrect I’ve lived there and all over for 20 years and I assure u are wrong but have your right to your opinion

    6. It’s actually the exact opposite of almost everything you mentioned. Idaho ranks #1 in best drivers, Utah is #50 oddly enough.

      Although thick with Mormons, 85% is about 70% high until you get to Idaho Falls.

      Finding a job in the Magic Valley is pretty easy right now, our unemployment is <3%.

      For being "rude conservatives" is kinda odd that we've welcomed thousands of Islamic refugees.

      And for being dumpy and horribly conservative, about 500 Californians moving in by the month would disagree.

      Notice, not a single southern Idaho town was mentioned. Not 1.

    7. Yep, Mormons SUCK! Unfortunately I didn’t realize how much they sucked until after I built my house in Mesa, AZ. What a bunch of hypocrites who want nothing more than to appear as elite. They are scum and they only live in fear of what others in their cult are saying about them. Get them alone and they will go on and on about all the ridiculous stuff they deal with in their faith as they drink all your beer. The woman are happy being subservient and accept that they will never be anything more than the man they married. The kids are complete weirdos who feel entitled and do whatever they want without regard for laws and rules that were not originated in their religion. They exclude anyone who does not share their beliefs and they excommunicate anyone who speaks up and asks for dialog around any of their doctrine. Messed Up!!!

      1. Hate to admit this ( only because ,seriously , as I get older I’m try’n hard to to stay in that PEACE AND LOVE state of mind ) but man oh man…..not truer words have been spoken ! After living here in Salt Lake City for 30 something long yrs……..raising two kids , involved heavily in school & their progects, worked ALL my 30 yrs here in Utah , did all the outside adventures here , divorced , remarried , divorced…..yes , just living the life so to speak…….having Mormon best friends , Mormon co-workers , Mormon, Mormon , Mormon everything , all the time ……..I really do have to incur with the last poster about the Mormons. Love some because of great friendship with them …….BUT WOW OH WOW ………..that poster hit it on the head ……..Mormons truly do act the way he said . It’s a fact that they do act and live that way ! I’m not so sure if they even realize their behavior , because from what I’ve gathered , it’s almost like their just born that way and it just goes without saying , I mean their mindset and the way they act. WOW…….truly , the better than thou attitude here in Salt Lake City. Yes , it’s depressing and very sad. Takes away sometimes from the good they really do , do , in certain areas. Never seen ANYTHING like it before . I mean their mind -set , they way they talk & diffinitly live their lives………talk about a group of people that honestly believe , truly believe ” THEIR THE CHOOSEN ONES ” . It’s totalling mind blowing
        that they not only openly say it , they LOL openly believe it and will even argue their point of view about being that way . Wow……. I that poster said a mouthfull.I often have wondered if it’s just Mormons here in Utah that THINK that way or if it’s ALL of them world wide that believe their so intitled………..Renee

  8. I relocated to Weiser, Id. In 2006, from a large congested city. I think your ranking is missing many good facts. Friendly people who are willing to help their fellow man when needed. Kindness over flowing
    I find these to be qualities you would not want to pass up
    Sorry you census is incorrect.

    1. I grew up in California. I used to see bumper stickers
      on cars that said “Welcome to California, now go home.”
      and I did not appreciate it. It would be dreadful to
      relocate to a state where I don’t feel welcome. I
      would only relocate to a state where my patriotic and
      moral values would fit in. I truly hope that wherever
      I relocate to, that I would feel welcome and be in harmony
      with those around me. Thank you

  9. I love living in Idaho it is the state I was born in and have not found other state with so much fun thinks to do. I live in the Boise would never say bad stuff about other city’s in Idaho.

  10. Whoever wrote this obviously doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Great journalism guy. Find a new career

  11. Nick, your “data” aka CRAP I’d full of biased & typical snooty Boisean stereotypes. Pull your head out of your butt & get a life!

  12. Ok let’s be honest Idaho I’d maybe the least known state. People are always asking me “where’s Idaho?”. It is also the lowest on the employment chain. Thus is why we moved but Idaho is so beautiful. It was the most filmed state in one of the largest TV shows, X-Files. It is also home to the most Submarine testings in the U.S. Many of the facts in this post are wrong. Check your facts.

  13. Shhhh…. just let people think this is true. We know better but we want to keep Middleton small and we can’t have everyone knowing how great it is to live here.

  14. There used to be a sign on the Idaho side of the border, just north of Jackpot, said
    “All Californians entering Idaho must be dipped”.

    Plainly, that sign’s been taken down.

    1. “All Californians entering Idaho must be dipped”
      I live in California and I am not dipped. (in my opinion).
      I am patriotic, quiet, love good conversation, love
      animals, nature. I do not appreciate how our liberal
      legislatures in California are destroying our Second Amendment
      rights etc. and am searching for possible relocation
      to a conservative area where I can afford to live in a
      Senior Mobile Home Park, but I don’t want to relocate
      to Idaho unless I am welcome. Researched Arizona,
      Colorado, New Mexico, and crossed them off my list.
      I do not smoke, drink, nor do drugs of any kind. I
      hope if I decide to relocate to Idaho that I will be welcome.

  15. O.k. There are a lot of pros and cons about Idaho. I wasn’t born here but have been here almost all my life. I am a country boy, well traveled, educated in private schools most of my school years. I have a broad experience back ground and I am pretty open minded.
    Idaho in general is a behind the times, closed minded, tight knit, clickish, state that operates mostly on the good ole boy system. According to a news story some of the most corrupt police agencies and judicial systems reside right here in Idaho.
    With all that said I have stayed here because I love everything from the high mountain desert to the mountains and forests. I used to be an avid hunter, loved fishing, and exploring the rich history of the pioneers, settlers. I distance myself from the politics other than voting on the issues and for change to make things better. I grew up with friends that became policemen, and I know judges and lawyers and most of all hard working people from country life and industry, techie fields. There are all kinds of diversity of life here. I don’t think your data holds up in the real areas that matter. There is a reason I have stayed here, always came back home. Sure there are short comings but the quality of life here is unbeatable. You just have to find you niche that suits you and don’t worry about the rest.

  16. I lived in California for 58 years. Visited Idaho for 4 days and fell in love with the people, how polite and helpful, the young people not disrespectful, not using fowl language. Drivers are polite. People here know what customer service means. I wouldn’t ove back to California if someone have me a million dollars. The state is beautiful.

  17. I was raised in Heyburn. I was raised on a farm. I worked as a kid hard almost every day. The landscape was beautiful. Camping and mountains and Lake swimming was the best. Especially with your own horse. I grew up not knowing every kid didn’t have their own horse. Motorcycle. Snowmobile. Their own vehicle at age 15. I’m glad I was raised where I was. I would rather go camping then to a bar. People still think I’m weird because if someone needs help I do it. If they need something I can give I do. I leave my keys in my car and my word is more valuable then money to me. I still have two Jobs to this day. I live very nice but still love to work hard. Thanks Idaho for helping make who I am today.

  18. Whoever moved here into my neighborhood and is littering in front of my house – fire your parents and go away. I have been here more than a year. Loved it at first. Now I see bad drivers, changes in attitude, overwhelming materialism, dwindling farmland. Shudder to think of the next 20 years.

  19. Idaho is terrible. No need to rank the cities in terms of best-to-worst. They all suck. I can’t wait to move out of this dump. People are closed minded. “Oh you think Idaho sucks, well you must be stupid!” Example, comments. People here are judgmental. “Oh you’re a California boy? Get out of our state.” Example, comments. People here aren’t educated, and clearly can’t read. The very last line clearly states, “Disclaimer: This article is an opinion based on data. It should not be taken as fact.” Which obviously no one bothered to read before blasting the writer. They just saw their city on the list and started flipping out. No jobs, nothing to do unless you hunt and fish, terrible, terrible, terrible leaders and education system. If you don’t follow the good ol’ boy mindset and have your own independent thoughts you’re looked at like the scum of the earth. And if you’re not Mormon, it’s even worse. I was born and raised in Idaho, and can’t wait to get the hell out. The comments on this article are a great example of why. The only positive is it’s extremely cheap to live here (because no one wants to) so it’s great if you’re a college student trying to finish your degree and get the hell out.

    1. Thank you for being honest. I appreciate it. I am a Caliboy, but I’m in a Class all by myself. I really don’t fit in any square, triangle, round hole. I am my own person with my own ideals. Once again Thank you.

    2. Jordan I’m pretty sure the unhappiness you feel will follow you where ever you go.l think you could be surrounded by all you believe to be perfect for you and still be miserable.
      Coast to coast your still with you.Jordan every where has a present to give.Embrace your gifts.Its ok to not care for a place but to belittle it only belittle s you.At your age you think it shows how smart and .sophisticated you are.Some day you will be all those things.Right now your job is to collect data….with an open mind.We will all look forward to your enlightenment.Go fourth and be wonderful !

  20. I was born in Napma, raised on a farm in Homedale, went to school in Marsing, graduated from Weiser and then moved to Moscow. I kind of agree with the article, which does state it is opinion based! I certainly prefer northern Idaho to southern for sure. I definitely feel safer in norther Idaho than southern, people are more friendly too. Collage kids work at McDonalds, not the usual meth-head that you will find in the Treasure Valley! At least they have a job, though… 😉

  21. I live in a small town Idaho, and I noticed that they didn’t even mention a town smaller then 900. We still have Cambridge, Midvale, New Meadows, Salmon River, Council, Etc.

  22. I appreciate the publicity, hopefully it will keep the folks that don’t like our way of living away. We sure don’t need them to come and really find out what it is like here, they would probably decide to stay
    .

  23. I’ve lived in California for 55 years, my whole life. My wife and I visited Nampa and fell in love with it and the state of Idaho. I have one thing to say about living in California, it sucks. I’m so tired of its liberal, entitlement mentality. I am a conservative and need what Idaho has to offer. A relaxed lifestyle, wide open spaces and nice people. Idaho to us will be heaven. We have purchased a house in Nampa and are moving there in September. The liberals can have California.

    1. Thank you. That’s encouraging. I am 69 years old and
      a quiet conservative individual. I live in a small town in
      California in Kern County in a very nice adult mobile home
      park which is quite affordable on my retirement income.
      I am pretty happy where I am living but am not happy
      with the liberal present and future of California.
      I hope, if I decide to relocate to Idaho, that I will feel
      welcome. Thank you

      1. Hi Jean. We have moved to our new house in Nampa Idaho. There are some folks that don’t appreciate Californians coming to Idaho. But for the most part they are very welcoming and friendly. If you do consider moving to the great state of Idaho I’m sure you will find it most enjoyable.

      2. I would like to relocate to idaho falls too.
        We are 2 adults my mom 70 yrs and myself 51.
        Never live outside california.
        But california…is very expensive…rent..jobs are hard to find.
        We really need to move.
        We are scare but…we need to survived.
        Any feedbacks please
        Thank you.

  24. i am 64 and was born in california and lived there for 64 years. i have tried several times to get out with job interviews in wyoming. colorado and utah and every time i was sucked back to hell. i hate this place and will try again to get out. i know what people of other states feel about cali people esp. in portland ore. there is a civil disturbance coming and soon. i want civilians with guns,and know how to use them and defend their property. i play guitar, drink beer, cuss and go to church, not necessarily in that order. idaho is my next adventure. i know most are saying not in my town. to the good people of idaho i say howdy and see ya soon. to the stay awayers i say kiss my ^$$ you stupid ignorant goat 6-21-03-11-5-18-19

    1. Hicks, you’ll be welcome here, my wife and I live in the Panhandle of Idaho out in the boonies and people here don’t hate you Californians, they just don’t want the Liberal attitude from that State to be brought here. I personally don’t mind being around mostly whites, there’s not the inner city bs drama. Everyone has guns and seem to mind their P’s & Q’s, probably because everyone has guns. It’s not Neo Naziville like people enjoy claiming. There are some bad folks here, like there are anywhere, I would say at a much lower percentage. If you can make it here I hope that you totally enjoy it.

  25. I currently live in Fort Collins, CO but will be moving to Twin Falls as soon as we can sell the farm. Colorado has been taken over by Californicators and is now a blue state. The cost of living here is about twice that of Twin Falls. My brother lived in TF and says it is the best little town in the country. I’ll see y’all next year.

  26. I live in oregon 20+ years. Don’t like the politics. Have lived in Utah (8 yrs), Calif.10+ years and AZ 10 years. Two kids graduated from byui in rexburg. Two now attending. Seriously considering retirement here in Idaho (visiting this week). Truly hope I can find one of those quiet, peaceful places to live ; one where people love God, their country, their communities, their families. No clue where, but my wife and I need a change, and my kids have all left OR. Scary – been in the same house 20 years. Hope I can find a place to fit in. I actually appreciate all the comments; I find them useful.

  27. Interesting threadetails. I use to live in North idaho. Tough to make a living. Beautiful Lake and ski resort. 4 seasons. Wildlife and much to do. Quality of life is there. Lots of trust fund babies up there playing and working part time jobs or multiple part time jobs. Resort community. But really to escape the rest of society and enjoy life and hear yourself idaho is amazing. At least north idaho is from my experience. But again, hope you have a solid income.coming from somewhere as it is hard to make a living even for a self driven indivdual. Be prepared to make much less money then you would in places like calif, WA, new York, etc… but the cost of living is less. Such as auto insurance aND property taxes. Fuel and food fairly high. I hope to return.

  28. Currently living in San Francisco bay area. Getting ready to retire from a non sworn law enforcement career and looking at Star, Middleton and other cities in that area. Not a gun guy, but very much a live and let live person. I don’t need the government to tell me how to live, nor do I need them butting into my business. Want to find a nice place to settle down and relax. Good people, cold beer and someplace where people actually say hi and want to help their fellow citizens. Am I in the right place?

  29. My husband and I are Californians getting ready to retire. We were raised in the 60s where open fields & places to hike are now covered with housing tracts and traffic jams. Looking for a slower paced town to raise chickens, grow our vegetable garden with fruit trees. Not really into politics or organized religions. My father and his grandfather lived in Idaho way back in the early 1900s so I have visited some of Idaho in childhood. Don’t want to live in Eagle (heard its too bougiousy with people with money to burn). Which town would be better for slower paced, low crime, raise cridders, but close to hospitals and amenities; Star or Kuna?

  30. Why does your 10 worst city list include many of the best city to retire in list?
    Worst cities:
    1.Emmett 2.Weiser 3.Jerome 4.Nampa 5.Payette 6.Caldwell 7.Blackfoot 8.Middleton 9.Burley 10.Rupert
    Best retirement cities:
    1.Rupert 2.Jerome 3.Rexburg 4.Emmett 5.Blackfoot 6.Idaho Falls 7.Weiser 8.Chubbuck 9.Mountain Home 10.Twin Falls
    To someone not familiar with Idaho, this information is too worthless to be called meaningless.

  31. The whole premise of the article is idiotic. If I am contemplating moving to Idaho, I don’t view high home prices as plus. Just the opposite. As for crime rates, probably the worst town in Idaho for crime is a hundred times safer than, say Chicago or Baltimore (where the bodies are piling up at the rate of about one murder victim a day).

    High population density is listed as a positive, but most people moving to Idaho don’t want to live in the midst of congestion, noise and other problems attendant to high population density.

    A high unemployment rate makes a beautiful place like Emmett attractive for prospective employers who want to find a motivated work force willing to work for reasonable wages.

    As for commute times — this mostly reflects time commuting into Boise. People make a tradeoff between commuting time and saving money on their housing expense. It’s their choice. If you live in Emmett and have a job there, your commute time is negligible. No traffic jams ever, unlike Boise.

    I have been all over Idaho from Bonners Ferry in the north to Montpelier in the south. People were polite, kind and welcoming everywhere. The few people who complained here about Idahoans being unfriendly probably exuded negativity and so brought that on themselves. I don’t buy it.

  32. Born and raised in Idaho. Moved to Oregon (Portland area) after getting a college degree. Spent about 18 years there in the workforce before escaping and moving the family back to Idaho. Will. Never. Leave. Again. Period.

  33. The article had no negative effect on me considering what I put-up with here every day where I live, i.e., San Jose.
    San Jose, CA’s mayor/city counsel wants to put mini-homes–glorified shacks–for the homeless (some with serious mental health issues), these also include: pot-heads, alcoholics, thieves, panhandlers, and the occasional working poor person because the city government is incompetent, and lawless.
    South San Jose (where I live) and Almaden Valley are the only relatively safe areas, but the mayor/city counsel are determined to ruin my neighborhood as well.
    The Santa Clara Light Rail Station (Heart of down town) is the place to go if one wants to buy drugs openly, drink a 40oz. in the open, and the cops could care less. Homelessness, graffiti all over the Freeway walls and overpasses, gangbangers, crime and murder.
    People steal recyclables from our cans, so every other year our trash pick-up rises because the contractors find it harder to make a profit because of rampant theft, and the cops refuse to enforce the law (sanctuary city)–no wonder. And now more people will be driving while stoned because CA had the bright idea to legalize pot.
    Sorry for the rant.

    I hope to sell this1960’s tracked-home once my good friend passes away; he’s got 4th stage cirrhosis, and willed me his home (tax and inheritance free). It should sell for over a million and there might even be a bidding war. I can’t see the fascination but I’ll take it and the money out of this creepy, pc, city/state.
    Sorry for the rant, I’m just so sick of this, pc, progressive, graveyard.

    My sister lives in Boise, but I was thinking of Mountain Home because I’ve had it with city life; would rather live in a smaller town. I have done some research but would appreciate it if I could hear from someone who lives or used to around there that knows more than I.
    I can’t go there physically because I am a care giver for my dying friend.

    Regards,
    Steven

  34. No matter what the state, you will always get different opinions. Because of the division and lack of unity from county to county. Idaho would be a good place for living off grid in the mountains. Off the government radar. So you determine your experiences. And from I hear, they are all good for people doing just that. If you decide to live the typical suburban life, you are asking to be at the mercy of the system. And a government system is always a real crock of SH!T.

  35. Fantastic article. Maybe it will keep the Californicators and Wa-shit-tonians and their liberal ways from our beautiful city. They say they want to fit in but they can’t ever stray far from what they truly are.

  36. Thank for the info. I was recently hired to word in the national forest and, though I’ll be provided with a residence and whatnot, I wanted more insight into the general environment of the state.

  37. Your all truly hilarious with your little big opinians should be on the tonight show or something of that ilk but its probably too big of a blog. Maybe employ some of the old guys abc/nbc (with their huge bushy beards) and some of the new guys… and make it really funny by their comedy skills- just sayin …go broncos
    Sorry tou forgot to mention Arco!

  38. “… only cities with at least 5,300 people were considered”

    Boise has more than 5,300 people. How come it’s not included in the list of 30 cities? Seems like a fairly significant omission.

  39. You will find Meridian and Eagle are VERY welcoming!! We LOVE it here in Meridian. I don’t know what some of these people are talking about. My husband and I are Catholic, and our neighbors are Mormons. All of which are absolutely wonderful people! We are truly Blessed with the best neighbors! We are older, and they all watch over us, the children are so wonderful to us. They come over, bring us veggies and fruit from the garden. One neighbor boy mows our lawns. The entire family is just wonderful to us. They invite us to many things. We have been here 14 years. We moved here to be near our daughter, from Northern CA. We have never encountered any of the nastiness that I have seen posted on here!!! Pretty sad. We have never felt unwelcome at all. Maybe it’s all in the area in which you choose to live. We are retired, and just love it here. So if I were you, check out Meridian Idaho, I am not sure about Eagle, they do call that area “little CA”. And it’s pricey. I have a friend that lives in Emmett, not even 30 min. from here, she has horse property and a beautiful home, her husband built for her. I like Emmett, it’s a cute little country type of town. She loves it there. So don’t be discouraged.

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