These Are The 10 Worst Places In Idaho To Work

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by Chris Kolmar
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Everyone hates going to work.

And I mean that literally, people in the US consistently rank their commute to and from work as the least enjoyable part of their day.

So when it came to determining which places in Idaho were the worst to work, we knew we had a solid starting point — places with the longest commute time.

We then added several other criteria to the mix and were left with this set of the ten worst places to work in Idaho:

  1. Middleton
  2. Horseshoe Bend
  3. Garden City
  4. Star
  5. Driggs
  6. Nampa
  7. Boise City
  8. Mountain Home
  9. Chubbuck
  10. Meridian

Read on to see why these places will make your wallet feel a bit empty on your long commute home.

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How We Determined The Worst Places In Idaho To Work

There are certain things that everybody dislikes about work, not the least of which is the time it takes to get there.

So after some research into what people identify as the worst parts of their day, we decided upon the follow set of criteria to determine places that don’t provide the ideal working conditions:

  • Commute time (Longer is worse)
  • Cost of living (Higher is worse)
  • Crime (Higher index is worse)
  • Weather/Comfort Index (Higher is worse)

Basically, if it takes forever to get to work, your lunch costs more than you want to pay, it’s too hot to be wearing a suit, and someone might take your lunch money, then it’s not an ideal place to work.

We then ranked each place from one to 92 for each criteria, with one being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score “earning” the title “Worst Place In Idaho To Work”.

Our data comes from Sperling’s Best Places.

Read on to learn the specifics of how the ten worst places in the Gem State could improve their working conditions.

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1. Middleton

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Build Idaho

Population: 5,542
Commute Time (Mins): 31.82
Crime Index: 88

Middleton ranks as the worst place to work in all of Idaho.

A combination of the worst commutes in the Gem State and the fifth worst comfort index relegated Middle to the doldrums of the working world.

2. Horseshoe Bend

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,059
Commute Time (Mins): 28.82
Crime Index: 80

The second worst place to work in Idaho goes to Horseshoe Bend, a slightly better version of Middleton when it comes to working conditions.

The town has the fourth longest commute in Idaho and the fourteenth highest cost of living. That means it’s probably a good idea to pack a sandwich because picking one up in town will take a bigger bite out of your paycheck.

3. Garden City

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,095
Commute Time (Mins): 18.79
Crime Index: 99

Garden City took a bit of a different path to the third worst place in Idaho to work than the first two places on the list.

Not everything in Garden City is peachy on the comfort index, which indicates it has the ninth worst climate in the Gem State. The seeds of success all cost more, as the cost of living ranks as the eleventh highest in Idaho.

On the bright side, you won’t be stuck in your car all day commuting to work — Garden City’s commute is just slightly longer than average for the state.

4. Star

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Boise Premier

Population: 5,745
Commute Time (Mins): 27.37
Crime Index: 74

Star is not the star of the show when it comes to being an excellent place to work, it ranks as the fourth worst place to work in Idaho.

A dismally long commute (8th worst in the state) and a low comfort index score means you need to make sure your air conditioning or heating is working the night before you leave for work.

However, no one will steal your lunch money as Star has a below average crime rate.

5. Driggs

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,191
Commute Time (Mins): 27.92
Crime Index: 119

Driggs ranks as the fifth worst place in Idaho to work.

Unfortunately for the people that work there it has the sixth worst crime rate in Idaho. Mix that with the sixth longest commute time and you have people stuck in traffic with their windows and doors locked.

6. Nampa

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,667
Commute Time (Mins): 23.10
Crime Index: 98

The sixth worst place to go to work in Idaho goes to Nampa.

It has the second worst comfort index in the Gem State and a commute time in the bottom 20% of places in Idaho. It’s the kind of place where you need to run from the car to the office because being outside isn’t necessarily the best (for Idaho).

7. Boise City

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 208,332
Commute Time (Mins): 17.48
Crime Index: 94

Boise City, the big boy of this list and the big boy of Idaho, ranks as the seventh worst place to work in the Gem State.

The city has the highest cost of living of any place in the top ten, which means that you better fill up on gas in the burbs before you get into town.

However, the commute is actually shorter than average, so at least you won’t have to fill up often. And all that time saved is a real blessing. Considering the commute saves you 28 minutes a day, 200 days a year, that’s 93 hours less on the road per year.

I’d take an extra 3.75+ days of vacation a year.

8. Mountain Home

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,879
Commute Time (Mins): 18.07
Crime Index: 107

Mountain Home is home to the eighth worst (white collar) working conditions in Idaho.

It ties Nampa for the second worst comfort index in the state and has the sixteenth worst crime rate (putting it in the bottom 20% of places).

However, a relatively short commute and cheap cost of living prevent it from appearing higher on the list.

9. Chubbuck

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,773
Commute Time (Mins): 19.66
Crime Index: 110

Chubbuck ranks as the ninth worst place to work in Idaho.

Crime is the standout issue for the small city with an index that ranks as 10% above average and as 14th worst in the Gem State.

It’s not really all that dangerous though, just kinda dangerous for Idaho. But you should still probably lock your car in the parking lot and not leave your laptop showing in the back seat. Simple stuff.

10. Meridian

Worst Places To Work In Idaho

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 75,210
Commute Time (Mins): 22.55
Crime Index: 69

And rounding out the top ten worst places in Idaho to work is Meridian.

A relatively high cost of living (11th highest in the state) and a bad weather (13th worst comfort index) landed the city in the top ten.

But unlike the previous too plaecs, crime isn’t an issue here at all. And the commute isn’t the worst in the wild west of Idaho.