These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Idaho

John McLean
by John McLean
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Idaho that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 32 largest cities in Idaho with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Gem State:

  1. Rexburg
  2. Moscow
  3. Eagle
  4. Kuna
  5. Boise City
  6. Hayden
  7. Pocatello
  8. Meridian
  9. Rathdrum
  10. Star

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Gem State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Idaho, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 32 places in Idaho.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 32 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Idaho”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Rexburg

Smartest Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 26,301
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.9%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.2%

Graduating early with their diplomas held high are the citizens in Rexburg, Idaho. With a population of 26,301, an almost nonexistent high school dropout rate, and only 1.9% of the adult population without a high school diploma this town earned its #1 spot.

2. Moscow

Smartest Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 24,406
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the bittersweet spot of #2 Moscow, Idaho has made the list with almost no high school dropouts and only 2.3% of the adult population missing a high school diploma.

3. Eagle

Smartest Idaho

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Population: 21,102
Adults Without High School Diploma: 3.6%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.7%

What is majestic like an eagle? The residents of Eagle, Idaho as they take the #3 spot on our smartest cities of Idaho list. Sporting a low dropout rate and over 21,000 residents the people here are some of the brightest bulbs in the box.

4. Kuna

Smartest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,188
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

It might sound like a vacation spot but Kuna is clearly a place of study. A town of 16,188 this area boasts almost no high school dropouts and a small population of 7.8% of adults without high school diplomas.

5. Boise City

Smartest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 211,655
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.2%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.8%

Near the middle of our list sits Boise City. At 211,655 residents this big city is disproving the idea that metro areas are lacking education and opportunity. With a dropout rate of 2.8% and only 6.2% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma they are on the road to success.

6. Hayden

Smartest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,588
Adults Without High School Diploma: 8.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Sitting pretty at #6 is the town of Hayden. At a population of 13,588 and 8% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma the kids here are in study hall every day. Way to go!

7. Pocatello

Smartest Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 54,466
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.5%

Pocatello, Idaho has ranked #7 on our list with only 7.5% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma, little to no high school dropouts, and a population of around 54,466.

8. Meridian

Smartest Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 81,025
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.1%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 4.1%

The kids in Meridian are studying late every day since only 4.1% drop out of school and just over 5.1% of the adult population did not finish high school.

Smart cookies.

9. Rathdrum

Smartest Idaho

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,046
Adults Without High School Diploma: 9.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 2.7%

Cutting it close is the town of Rathdrum, Idaho at #9. Sporting a population of 7,046 residents and high school dropout rate under 3% it’s no surprise this town made our smartest cities list.

10. Star

Smartest Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,379
Adults Without High School Diploma: 6.7%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 5.0%

Rounding out our list is the city of Star. With a population hovering around the 6,300 mark and a high school dropout rate of only 5% the residents here are really reaching for the stars!

And that’s how you graduate in style

That is our definitive ranking of the 10 Smartest Cities in Idaho. Here at Zippia we want to bring important information to our readers. Now you can make a more informed decision on your next visit to the Gem State. Be sure to visit these towns to see their intelligence first hand and experience it for yourself. And next time you’re looking for career advice head to zippia.com to have all of your quesitons answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Idaho

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Dropouts
Rexburg 1 26,301 1.9% 0.2%
Moscow 2 24,406 2.3% 0.0%
Eagle 3 21,102 3.6% 1.7%
Kuna 4 16,188 7.8% 0.0%
Boise City 5 211,655 6.2% 2.8%
Hayden 6 13,588 8.0% 0.0%
Pocatello 7 54,466 7.5% 0.5%
Meridian 8 81,025 5.1% 4.1%
Rathdrum 9 7,046 9.4% 2.7%
Star 10 6,379 6.7% 5.0%
Preston 11 5,172 10.4% 0.0%
Chubbuck 12 14,117 7.4% 4.9%
Ammon 13 14,257 6.7% 5.1%
Post Falls 14 28,786 6.4% 7.5%
Middleton 15 5,898 11.3% 3.5%
Lewiston 16 32,178 9.5% 5.7%
Idaho Falls 17 57,935 9.8% 5.8%
Sandpoint 18 7,497 9.1% 7.3%
Coeur d’Alene 19 45,848 9.9% 6.5%
Twin Falls 20 45,362 13.7% 4.6%
Emmett 21 6,546 19.7% 0.2%
Garden City 22 11,223 10.6% 6.5%
Burley 23 10,352 22.8% 4.0%
Nampa 24 84,660 17.2% 7.5%
Blackfoot 25 11,891 14.3% 9.1%
Mountain Home 26 13,871 11.0% 30.0%
Weiser 27 5,407 24.0% 7.0%
Caldwell 28 48,114 19.8% 9.0%
Hailey 29 7,961 16.9% 18.0%
Rupert 30 5,583 29.4% 9.6%
Payette 31 7,447 21.3% 18.6%
Jerome 32 11,046 35.7% 17.9%