These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Idaho

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Idaho have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Idaho places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Eagle, the happiest place in Idaho.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Gem State”:

  1. Eagle
  2. Ammon
  3. Meridian
  4. Star
  5. Chubbuck
  6. Preston
  7. Lewiston
  8. Hailey
  9. Kuna
  10. Hayden
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Gem State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 31 places in Idaho with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 31 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Idaho”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Idaho ranked. Our apologies to Idaho Falls which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,102People Who Own Their Home: 78.3%
Married Adults: 66.6%

2. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257People Who Own Their Home: 73.1%
Married Adults: 62.1%

3. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025People Who Own Their Home: 72.7%
Married Adults: 62.5%

4. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 6,379People Who Own Their Home: 72.1%
Married Adults: 69.1%

5. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117People Who Own Their Home: 68.6%
Married Adults: 56.5%

6. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,172People Who Own Their Home: 70.7%
Married Adults: 60.0%

7. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,178People Who Own Their Home: 64.4%
Married Adults: 49.1%

8. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,961People Who Own Their Home: 59.7%
Married Adults: 68.4%

9. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,188People Who Own Their Home: 81.9%
Married Adults: 65.0%

10. Hayden

Population: 13,588People Who Own Their Home: 70.9%
Married Adults: 59.4%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Idaho

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Eagle 1 21,102 78.3% 66.6%
Ammon 2 14,257 73.1% 62.1%
Meridian 3 81,025 72.7% 62.5%
Star 4 6,379 72.1% 69.1%
Chubbuck 5 14,117 68.6% 56.5%
Preston 6 5,172 70.7% 60.0%
Lewiston 7 32,178 64.4% 49.1%
Hailey 8 7,961 59.7% 68.4%
Kuna 9 16,188 81.9% 65.0%
Hayden 10 13,588 70.9% 59.4%
Idaho Falls 11 57,935 60.5% 52.8%
Mountain Home 12 13,871 52.9% 57.4%
Burley 13 10,352 61.9% 54.5%
Post Falls 14 28,786 63.1% 55.4%
Middleton 15 5,898 67.1% 61.0%
Blackfoot 16 11,891 54.6% 52.4%
Pocatello 17 54,466 58.1% 47.4%
Rupert 18 5,583 55.0% 49.9%
Twin Falls 19 45,362 54.6% 50.7%
Sandpoint 20 7,497 41.3% 40.5%
Rathdrum 21 7,046 68.5% 57.2%
Moscow 22 24,406 37.7% 36.5%
Rexburg 23 26,301 27.7% 49.2%
Garden City 24 11,223 56.4% 52.3%
Nampa 25 84,660 58.4% 52.3%
Coeur d’Alene 26 45,848 51.9% 46.7%
Jerome 27 11,046 55.4% 55.0%
Caldwell 28 48,114 60.3% 48.2%
Payette 29 7,447 55.3% 46.2%
Weiser 30 5,407 56.7% 48.2%
Emmett 31 6,546 49.6% 46.0%