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Four Boise-area cities take top positions in “Best Places to Live” survey

Posted: 12:21 PM, Jan 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-21 14:24:12-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Meridian, Star, Kuna, and Eagle have taken the top four positions respectively as the best places to live in Idaho by the website HomeSnacks.

The site said it combined recent data from the Census Bureau, the FBI, and dozens of other sources into “bite-sized studies to help people understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.”

Site officials said their research took into account “the unique aspects of what it means to live in a particular location and crunches a complicated set of data points to rank cities in fun and interesting ways.”

To determine which Idaho cities with a population of more than 5,000 are the best places in the state to live, the site used data from:

•Median home values
•Median income
•Population density
•Unemployment rate
•Commute time
•Crime
•Education levels
•Health insurance coverage
•Poverty rates

MERIDIAN (ranked #1)
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $242,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (10th best)
The third-largest city in the Gem State is the best when it comes to overall likability. The study shows its residents have the second highest income in the state and, according to government data, the tenth lowest crime rate in Idaho.

EAGLE (ranked #2)
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $383,700 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (13th best)
Eagle has grown tremendously over the last twenty years. The 22nd shortest commutes and highest incomes are an added bonus.

STAR (ranked #3)
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $258,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (7th best)
Crime is the 10th lowest in the state and incomes are the 7th highest. According to the study, Star also has the 5th most educated adult population.

KUNA (#4)
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $258,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (7th best)
Kuna is one the fastest-growing areas in the state.

Here’s the entire list of the Ten Best Places to Live In Idaho for 2020:

1.Meridian
2.Eagle
3.Star
4.Kuna
5.Moscow
6.Ammon
7.Rexburg
8.Lewiston
9.Post Falls
10.Chubbuck

The Homesnacks site has ranked cities, neighborhoods, counties, and states across America for over five years.