These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Idaho

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Idaho. And here they are:

  1. Hailey
  2. Eagle
  3. Ammon
  4. Star
  5. Preston
  6. Meridian
  7. Chubbuck
  8. Lewiston
  9. Hayden
  10. Kuna

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Idaho

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Hailey

Hailey, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,961Median Income: $65,625
Poverty Level: 6.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%

2. Eagle

Eagle, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,102Median Income: $82,264
Poverty Level: 5.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

3. Ammon

Ammon, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,257Median Income: $59,497
Poverty Level: 11.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

4. Star

Star, Idaho

Source: Buildidaho.Com

Population: 6,379Median Income: $58,906
Poverty Level: 13.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%

5. Preston

Preston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,172Median Income: $49,955
Poverty Level: 6.8%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

6. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,025Median Income: $63,225
Poverty Level: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%

7. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,117Median Income: $44,650
Poverty Level: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

8. Lewiston

Lewiston, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,178Median Income: $45,148
Poverty Level: 10.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%

9. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,588Median Income: $54,481
Poverty Level: 6.3%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

10. Kuna

Kuna, Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,188Median Income: $56,533
Poverty Level: 10.2%
Unemployment Rate: 9.3%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Hailey and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Idaho

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Hailey $65,625 6.0% 3.8%
2 Eagle $82,264 5.9% 5.8%
3 Ammon $59,497 11.2% 5.6%
4 Star $58,906 13.3% 5.1%
5 Preston $49,955 6.8% 6.6%
6 Meridian $63,225 8.3% 7.3%
7 Chubbuck $44,650 10.0% 5.8%
8 Lewiston $45,148 10.8% 5.7%
9 Hayden $54,481 6.3% 9.3%
10 Kuna $56,533 10.2% 9.3%
11 Post Falls $49,736 11.6% 7.8%
12 Idaho Falls $45,680 14.9% 6.7%
13 Mountain Home $46,836 14.5% 7.5%
14 Boise City $49,209 15.7% 7.7%
15 Blackfoot $39,524 16.5% 5.6%
16 Middleton $45,549 13.7% 10.6%
17 Twin Falls $41,880 17.9% 7.4%
18 Burley $32,202 15.5% 7.2%
19 Rupert $34,546 14.7% 8.1%
20 Pocatello $40,792 19.9% 7.7%
21 Sandpoint $33,606 19.9% 6.7%
22 Coeur d’Alene $41,336 16.7% 9.9%
23 Rathdrum $42,390 17.5% 11.8%
24 Caldwell $41,368 20.3% 11.0%
25 Nampa $40,083 21.9% 10.4%
26 Jerome $35,317 23.5% 10.3%
27 Moscow $33,591 32.6% 9.2%
28 Garden City $38,212 20.3% 12.5%
29 Payette $41,736 29.8% 16.7%
30 Weiser $31,451 18.6% 12.9%
31 Emmett $29,129 29.2% 22.9%
32 Rexburg $25,606 53.8% 12.1%