On any given day, you can look on social media and find a list of the best, worst, rudest, and richest towns in Idaho. It’s kind of fun to try to guess which parts of the Gem State will be mentioned in the story BEFORE you read it.
It’s not hard to guess because Idaho is not a very big state. Whenever you talk about the richest places, you can be sure that one of them is in the Wood River Valley. The Treasure Valley is where most of Idaho’s jobs, chances, and fun things to do are located, so you’d probably say Boise or Meridian.
Sometimes, these pieces (which are usually written by people who have never seen Idaho) throw you a curve ball. It’s called “Christmas City, USA” around here, and on New Year’s Eve, they drop a sugar beet. The cute little town got the name “Rudest City in Idaho” for some reason.
“40 of the Prettiest American Towns to Visit During the Winter” is the name of a new list from Country Living. That list had a place from Idaho, but it wasn’t McCall or any of the other ski resort towns. It caught us off guard that they chose Nampa.
Worst Towns to Live in Idaho
The most recent list on the internet comes from 24/7 Wall Street. They looked at things like poverty rate, home prices, income, drug-related deaths, and population to find the worst cities in each state to live in. It came from the FBI, the Census Bureau, and the CDC.
Their choice has nothing to do with how our radio station feels about this place. 24/7 Wall Street, on the other hand, says that the worst place in Idaho to live is…
This is the set of numbers that put Blackfoot there:
- Poverty rate: 13.9% (state: 11.4%)
- Median home value: $171,700 (state: $266,500*)
- Median household income: $51,971 (state: $63,377)
- Drug-induced mortality: 18.2 deaths per 100,000 (state: 17.2 per 100,000)
- Total population: 12,106
People who live in Blackfoot seem to really enjoy it, for what it’s worth. Sites like Niche let people rate places they’ve lived from one to five stars. Blackfoot gets “excellent” or “very good” reviews from about 53% of people who have lived there. Reviewers like how it feels like a small town and how quiet the neighborhoods are. They say that their friends are nice and that the neighborhood is very close. The main complaint? Not enough entertainment and fun things for young people to do. In general, Niche gave the city a B grade, so it can’t be that bad!