These Are The 10 Best Places in Idaho To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Idaho, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Boise would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Idaho to find a job.

After analyzing all 25 plus places in Idaho, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Gem State:

  1. Rexburg
  2. Rupert
  3. Burley
  4. Blackfoot
  5. Meridian
  6. Eagle
  7. Pocatello
  8. Preston
  9. Kuna
  10. Star

So listen up Weiser as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Gem State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Idaho. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 25 places in Idaho to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 25, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Idaho”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,402Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 4.01%
Future Job Growth: 44.20%

2. Rupert

Rupert, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,496Unemployment Rate: 4.30%
Recent Job Growth: 3.97%
Future Job Growth: 43.60%

3. Burley

Burley, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,157Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Recent Job Growth: 3.97%
Future Job Growth: 43.40%

4. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,781Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: 3.68%
Future Job Growth: 43.00%

5. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,210Unemployment Rate: 4.00%
Recent Job Growth: 2.49%
Future Job Growth: 41.00%

6. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,952Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Recent Job Growth: 2.49%
Future Job Growth: 40.80%

7. Pocatello

Pocatello, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,145Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 2.89%
Future Job Growth: 41.20%

8. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,162Unemployment Rate: 2.40%
Recent Job Growth: 1.69%
Future Job Growth: 41.00%

9. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,192Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Recent Job Growth: 2.49%
Future Job Growth: 40.80%

10. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 5,745Unemployment Rate: 4.20%
Recent Job Growth: 2.49%
Future Job Growth: 40.80%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Idaho For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Rexburg 1 25,402 3.80% 4.01% 44.20%
Rupert 2 5,496 4.30% 3.97% 43.60%
Burley 3 10,157 4.50% 3.97% 43.40%
Blackfoot 4 11,781 4.40% 3.68% 43.00%
Meridian 5 75,210 4.00% 2.49% 41.00%
Eagle 6 19,952 4.20% 2.49% 40.80%
Pocatello 7 54,145 4.60% 2.89% 41.20%
Preston 8 5,162 2.40% 1.69% 41.00%
Kuna 9 15,192 4.20% 2.49% 40.80%
Star 10 5,745 4.20% 2.49% 40.80%
Chubbuck 11 13,773 4.80% 2.89% 41.00%
Hayden 12 13,258 5.60% 2.66% 39.70%
Rathdrum 13 6,840 5.60% 2.66% 39.70%
Nampa 14 81,667 5.40% 2.49% 39.60%
Ammon 15 13,575 4.30% 1.74% 39.20%
Middleton 16 5,542 5.60% 2.49% 39.40%
Lewiston 17 31,862 4.20% 0.84% 37.50%
Emmett 18 6,555 5.60% 2.49% 39.40%
Jerome 19 10,757 4.00% 0.58% 37.20%
Caldwell 20 46,229 6.10% 2.49% 38.90%
Moscow 21 23,866 5.00% 1.16% 37.30%
Sandpoint 22 7,397 7.10% 2.24% 37.40%
Hailey 23 7,905 4.60% -0.38% 34.60%
Payette 24 7,462 5.60% 0.11% 34.60%
Weiser 25 5,469 6.50% -0.37% 32.80%