Worst Small Towns In Idaho For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 57 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 2020:

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

So what is the worst small town to call home in idaho for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Fort Hall 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Idaho For 2020

Fort Hall, ID

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,402
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $129,800 (32nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.0% (1st worst)
More on Fort Hall:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,605
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $82,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (41st worst)
More on Homedale:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,382
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $112,500 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (30th worst)
More on Marsing:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,319
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $88,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (25th worst)
More on Glenns Ferry:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,230
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $104,500 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (10th worst)
More on Plummer:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,109
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $98,100 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.9% (4th worst)
More on Parma:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,163
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 19)
Median Home Value: $100,700 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (40th worst)
More on Teton:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,666
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $87,900 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (42nd worst)
More on Wilder:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,305
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $93,600 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.7% (2nd worst)
More on Lapwai:  Data

Gooding, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,482
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $86,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (13th worst)
More on Gooding:  Data | Photos

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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 57 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.

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. Dalton Gardens (Pop. 2,765)
  2. Ketchum (Pop. 2,761)
  3. Iona (Pop. 2,451)

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Idaho

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Fort Hall 3,402 23.0% $129,800
2 Homedale 2,605 3.5% $82,800
3 Marsing 1,382 4.4% $112,500
4 Glenns Ferry 1,319 5.4% $88,300
5 Plummer 1,230 8.9% $104,500
6 Parma 2,109 12.9% $98,100
7 Teton 1,163 3.8% $100,700
8 Wilder 1,666 3.4% $87,900
9 Lapwai 1,305 16.7% $93,600
10 Gooding 3,482 8.7% $86,600
11 Kellogg 2,442 6.9% $99,400
12 Kamiah 1,249 8.7% $118,800
13 Aberdeen 2,169 4.3% $93,100
14 Pinehurst 1,402 8.2% $129,500
15 Ponderay 1,179 1.2% $129,200
16 Heyburn 3,271 7.1% $125,300
17 New Plymouth 1,506 6.3% $102,200
18 Osburn 1,490 13.9% $106,300
19 Wendell 2,721 2.1% $105,500
20 Ashton 1,029 1.3% $120,600
21 Buhl 4,345 4.8% $89,100
22 Greenleaf 1,298 6.1% $130,100
23 Shoshone 1,305 2.3% $117,100
24 Hagerman 1,103 2.7% $114,500
25 Athol 1,037 11.5% $164,700
26 Paul 1,212 7.9% $116,600
27 Priest River 1,888 3.0% $150,200
28 Bonners Ferry 2,544 2.1% $155,800
29 Hansen 1,451 4.0% $100,100
30 Filer 2,736 6.9% $143,500
31 Montpelier 2,507 4.2% $118,500
32 Grace 1,118 4.2% $107,600
33 Rigby 4,051 8.9% $138,600
34 Orofino 3,111 7.4% $123,700
35 Spirit Lake 2,228 9.5% $164,000
36 Salmon 3,073 2.5% $124,600
37 Victor 2,435 4.5% $230,200
38 Sugar City 1,649 2.8% $163,200
39 St. Maries 2,769 9.8% $145,300
40 Driggs 1,938 5.3% $263,200
41 St. Anthony 3,507 8.0% $119,900
42 Shelley 4,370 8.6% $142,300
43 Mccall 3,226 4.4% $276,100
44 Grangeville 3,166 4.0% $139,200
45 Bellevue 2,715 5.1% $274,500
46 American Falls 4,349 2.3% $128,000
47 Malad City 2,136 2.4% $129,200
48 Kimberly 3,759 4.0% $167,000
49 Soda Springs 2,997 3.2% $129,900
50 Ucon 1,361 6.6% $147,400
51 Moreland 1,507 0.0% $169,300
52 Sun Valley 1,445 2.9% $825,000
53 Tyhee 1,266 3.9% $236,500
54 Lincoln 3,748 4.2% $151,300
55 Dalton Gardens 2,765 2.4% $364,600
56 Ketchum 2,761 1.0% $621,700
57 Iona 2,451 1.9% $189,700

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