These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Idaho For 2017

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. Weiser (Photos)
  3. Jerome (Photos)
  4. Nampa (Photos)
  5. Payette (Photos)
  6. Caldwell (Photos)
  7. Blackfoot (Photos)
  8. Middleton
  9. Burley (Photos)
  10. Rupert (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 2017.

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 2017

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 5,200 people were considered — leaving 30 cities.

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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: 6,548
Home Values: $106,100 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.6% (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. Weiser

Weiser, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,362
Home Values: $91,100 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (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 30th-highest crime rates in Idaho. So at least no one beats you up while you look for a job.

3. Jerome

Jerome, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,100
Home Values: $110,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (18th worst)
Jerome is the 12th most dangerous place in the state of Idaho. That’s part of the reason it’s the 3rd worst place in Idaho.

The fact remains, that when you’re within Jerome city limits, you have a 1 in 37.8 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 18th highest unemployment rate in the state at 6.3%? Or that homes are only valued at $110,100?

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

4. Nampa

Nampa, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,203
Home Values: $111,900 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (8th worst)
Nampa places 4th 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 $40,060.

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5. Payette

Payette, Idaho

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Population: 7,428
Home Values: $102,500 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (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 5th-worst place to live in Idaho, according to the data.

Payette (population 7,428), which is about an hour drive north of Boise. The average household income here is less than most other cities in the state (14th 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.

6. Caldwell

Caldwell, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,149
Home Values: $104,600 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (4th 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, 16.7% of the population lives below the poverty line.

7. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,843
Home Values: $123,400 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (13th worst)
Say what you want about how beautiful Blackfoot might be. The fact is that the economy here is one of the worst in the state.

The unemployment rate rankss 13th highest in the state at 7.4%. Homes are the 9th lowest priced ($123,400), and the median income per household is just a tad over $38,406.

The fact is most of the people who live here are having a hard time making ends meet, when you consider their earned incomes and lack of jobs.

8. Middleton

Population: 6,145
Home Values: $128,300 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (11th worst)
Tiny Middleton, about a 30-minute drive west of Boise, takes the honor of statistically, being the 8th 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.

9. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,245
Home Values: $104,200 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (24th worst)
Things are starting to get progressively more ‘modern’ and in line with what you expect in a great state such as Idaho when we get to Burley. Sure, the unemployment rate is at 5.3% (which is really high), and the median income is $35,820. But the homes are at least above the $100,000 mark, and the schools aren’t a complete mess.

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10. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,601
Home Values: $94,200 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (19th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, Rupert is the worst place you can live in Idaho. Let’s see why.

The unemployment rate here is 6.2%. The schools are underfunded, and property values are well below the state average. A home costs $94,200, which is a sure sign of lack of demand.

You have a 1 in 68.3 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime here every year. That’s not fun, either.

Rupert is a far drive south from Louisville.

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 2017.

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

  1. Meridian (Pop. 84,018)
  2. Eagle (Pop. 21,863)
  3. Moscow (Pop. 24,688)

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Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Idaho

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Emmett 6,548 23.6% $106,100
2 Weiser 5,362 9.1% $91,100
3 Jerome 11,100 6.3% $110,100
4 Nampa 86,203 8.9% $111,900
5 Payette 7,428 10.9% $102,500
6 Caldwell 49,149 11.2% $104,600
7 Blackfoot 11,843 7.4% $123,400
8 Middleton 6,145 8.1% $128,300
9 Burley 10,245 5.3% $104,200
10 Rupert 5,601 6.2% $94,200
11 Rathdrum 7,174 12.4% $147,700
12 Pocatello 54,549 7.1% $133,700
13 Twin Falls 45,984 6.5% $141,200
14 Coeur D’Alene 46,796 8.6% $170,600
15 Sandpoint 7,571 4.7% $176,000
16 Idaho Falls 58,374 6.4% $140,700
17 Mountain Home 13,804 7.5% $128,900
18 Hayden 13,749 6.0% $188,000
19 Kuna 16,557 8.6% $134,600
20 Preston 5,190 3.5% $140,600
21 Lewiston 32,284 5.3% $166,700
22 Post Falls 29,320 5.8% $164,400
23 Chubbuck 14,224 6.8% $161,200
24 Rexburg 26,723 11.7% $176,300
25 Hailey 8,002 4.2% $252,500
26 Ammon 14,469 4.9% $169,200
27 Star 6,768 5.4% $175,600
28 Moscow 24,688 9.3% $205,300
29 Eagle 21,863 4.6% $310,000
30 Meridian 84,018 5.5% $191,000

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65 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Cities In Idaho For 2017

  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.

    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.

  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.

  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… 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.

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