Is Idaho A Safe Place To Live? 

Is Idaho A Safe Place To Live? 


Despite the fact that Idaho has some history with the notorious Ted Bundy. “In one of Bundy’s final interviews before his execution in 1989, he revealed details about the murder of a young Pocatello girl that could have only been known by her killer, as well as admitted to the violent murder of a young hitchhiker near Boise. Both accounts rocked the Gem State and added Idaho to Bundy’s list of successful targets.” (

Idaho is actually a fairly safe place to live. According to, “The Boise ID murder/homicide rate for 2018 was 0.44 per 100,000 population, a 50.56% decline from 2017. The Boise ID murder/homicide rate for 2017 was 0.89 per 100,000 population, a 67.28% decline from 2016. The Boise ID murder/homicide rate for 2016 was 2.72 per 100,000 population, a 491.3% increase from 2015. The Boise ID murder/homicide rate for 2015 was 0.46 per 100,000 population, a 75.14% decline from 2014”The rates may only date back to 2014, but it’s still strange to see the percentages of decreases and increases. 

Idaho does have a low murder rate, but a high crime rate. According to, “Idaho has lower rates of violent crime than the rest of the region and the nation as a whole. But there were higher percentages of crimes like rape in Idaho. Rape in Idaho accounts for a higher percentage of violent crime in Idaho than the rest of the country. Of the violent crimes in Idaho, 20% of reports were rape.” 

Also according to, “The state’s violent and property crime rates fall far below the national average and high numbers of residents protect themselves and their property. This could explain why 74% of Idahoans feel safe in their state – compared to 55% nationally.” 

Idaho has only had over 22 Serial Killers and Murderers. Alaska is the state with the most serial killers. According to, “The United States had more serial killers than any other country. California has the highest number of serial killings with 1,628 total, followed by Texas with a total of 893. Alaska has the highest rate of serial killing at 7.01 per 100,000.”