These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Idaho For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in ID are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Idaho.

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Most Americans have never been to Idaho. However, as the people who live there know, Idaho is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Idaho has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Gem State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 54 of Idaho’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Idaho where you’d never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Idaho for 2019:

  1. Homedale
  2. Marsing
  3. Fort Hall (Photos)
  4. Plummer
  5. Parma
  6. Gooding (Photos)
  7. Wilder
  8. Lapwai
  9. Ponderay
  10. Kamiah

So what is the worst small town to call home in Idaho for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Homedale is the worst small town to live in Idaho.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Idaho has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Idaho or the worst places to live in Idaho.

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

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Idaho, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Idaho for 2019

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 54 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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

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3
/10

Population: 2,584
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $83,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (26th worst)
More on Homedale:  Data

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4
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Population: 1,464
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $88,400 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (20th worst)
More on Marsing:  Data

Fort Hall, ID

Source: Wikipedia
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5
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Population: 3,589
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $124,100 (29th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.3% (1st worst)
More on Fort Hall:  Data | Photos

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5
/10

Population: 1,084
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $102,600 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (7th worst)
More on Plummer:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 2,174
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $92,000 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (18th worst)
More on Parma:  Data

Gooding, ID

Source: Public domain
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6
/10

Population: 3,469
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $83,500 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (18th worst)
More on Gooding:  Data | Photos

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4
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Population: 1,399
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $82,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (28th worst)
More on Wilder:  Data

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5
/10

Population: 1,252
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $94,000 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (3rd worst)
More on Lapwai:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,032
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $83,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (55th worst)
More on Ponderay:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,267
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $102,800 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (10th worst)
More on Kamiah:  Data

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Idaho

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Gem State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Idaho, according to science:

  1. Lincoln (Pop. 3,331)
  2. Dalton Gardens (Pop. 2,579)
  3. Iona (Pop. 2,409)

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Idaho

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Homedale 2,584 6.3% $83,900
2 Marsing 1,464 7.2% $88,400
3 Fort Hall 3,589 21.3% $124,100
4 Plummer 1,084 12.0% $102,600
5 Parma 2,174 8.1% $92,000
6 Gooding 3,469 8.1% $83,500
7 Wilder 1,399 5.6% $82,800
8 Lapwai 1,252 15.7% $94,000
9 Ponderay 1,032 1.2% $83,300
10 Kamiah 1,267 9.7% $102,800
11 Heyburn 3,218 9.2% $117,700
12 Glenns Ferry 1,177 5.8% $103,100
13 Aberdeen 2,202 5.3% $91,400
14 Bonners Ferry 2,502 3.4% $148,200
15 Kellogg 2,267 9.0% $103,000
16 New Plymouth 1,701 5.6% $91,700
17 Pinehurst 1,550 9.7% $138,900
18 Wendell 2,711 2.7% $105,300
19 Salmon 3,067 4.0% $125,200
20 Buhl 4,285 4.2% $93,000
21 Paul 1,265 9.9% $117,600
22 Shoshone 1,390 2.5% $105,400
23 Hagerman 1,057 3.1% $115,800
24 Hansen 1,472 5.4% $100,300
25 Teton 1,047 5.5% $124,400
26 American Falls 4,324 13.1% $118,600
27 Osburn 1,465 12.1% $100,300
28 Greenleaf 1,478 4.9% $115,300
29 Spirit Lake 2,314 9.4% $148,600
30 Priest River 1,658 1.4% $138,400
31 Montpelier 2,517 5.1% $118,900
32 Driggs 1,991 6.8% $179,800
33 Orofino 3,055 8.6% $120,800
34 Victor 2,355 6.8% $213,600
35 St. Anthony 3,488 6.7% $112,900
36 Rigby 4,018 4.2% $122,500
37 Filer 2,685 6.7% $133,200
38 St. Maries 2,618 13.2% $148,300
39 Bellevue 2,551 8.2% $240,200
40 Shelley 4,346 7.0% $135,600
41 Moreland 1,262 9.2% $201,800
42 Malad City 2,079 3.5% $127,900
43 Sun Valley 1,426 8.9% $904,900
44 Sugar City 1,521 2.9% $167,500
45 Soda Springs 2,977 4.0% $117,000
46 Kimberly 3,637 4.4% $156,300
47 Grangeville 3,153 2.5% $134,900
48 Mccall 3,115 2.7% $212,900
49 Ucon 1,252 4.4% $140,000
50 Robie Creek 1,661 1.4% $197,900
51 Ketchum 2,718 0.0% $564,700
52 Lincoln 3,331 4.0% $158,800
53 Dalton Gardens 2,579 1.3% $331,900
54 Iona 2,409 3.2% $171,000

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