Security-based review, comparison and news site, Security Baron, analyzed FBI rankings of crime rates to find out what the top 24 safest cities are in Idaho, and what their safety score is.
The study found that Payette (with a population of 7,405) emerged at number 11 on the list, with an average safety score of 76.62 and a rate of 2.43 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens. The city also has a citizen-to-officer ratio of 1.89 per 1,000 people and an average income of $50,300.
Additionally, there are 2,927 households in Payette and a rate of 19.45 property crimes per 1,000 citizens.
Payette Police Chief John Plaza is glad his city ranks this high on this list:
“I agree that Payette is a great place to live and the safety and quality of our city is a reflection of our officers investigating crimes and solving crimes,” he says. “They are aggressive in their enforcement and that obviously pays dividends. It is also due to effective and aggressive prosecution of crimes and getting criminals off the streets.”
Plaza reminds us that it is not only those who catch criminals in the act, but also those who help process them.
“The Payette County Prosecutor also needs to get the credit for making Payette a safer place to live, it is a team effort,” he says. “The officer to citizen ratio is low considering the national average of 2.4/1000 and Payette City with 1.89 officers per 1000 people. Regardless, our department will continue to enforce laws and protect the citizens of Payette.”
Fruitland ranked even higher on the list, at number three with a score of 86.97. With a population of 5,205 in 1,936 households and a median income of $46,190, Fruitland has a violent crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 citizens and a citizen-to-officer ratio of 1.73. There are just 7.3 property crimes per 1,000 residents in Fruitland.
Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff cites his staff’s diligence made that happen.
“I am excited to see FPD ranked as the #3 safest city,” he says. “I would like to see us at Number 1, but we’ll keep after it. I have a very smart and motivated group of officers here. We work hard at providing a necessary deterrent through vigorous patrol efforts. We are invested in this community and passionate about its safety. It really shows in our efforts. I am proud of all of the officers here and consider it a privilege to work with them.”
The study rated Rexburg as Idaho’s safest city, with a safety score of 87.8 and an average income of $26,341. Rexburg has a rate of only 0.38 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens and a citizen-to-officer ratio of 1.12 per 1,000 people.
There are 7,942 households in Rexburg on average, and the city has a rate of 6.13 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
By comparison, it was found that Garden City ranked last on the list, with a safety score of 66.99 and a median income of $43,656. The city in Ada County has a rate of 5.64 violent crimes per 1,000 citizens, along with a citizen-to-officer ratio of 2.22 per 1,000 people.