Idaho's
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The Gem State — so-called because almost every type of gem has been found within its borders — was inhabited by indigenous people as far back as 16,000 years ago. Idaho is the second fastest-growing state in the US after Nevada. Idaho was once part of Oregon Country, a region in the Pacific Northwest that was claimed by both the US and Britain. The state’s most famous mountain range is the dramatic Sawtooth Range, part of the Rocky Mountains.

Interesting facts about The Gem State:

  • Though Idaho is famous for its potatoes, the state’s farmers also produce a large quantity of hops and lentils
  • At 7,900 feet deep, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is deeper than The Grand Canyon
  • The French names of some Idaho towns and landmarks come from the early presence of French-Canadian trappers
  • The world’s longest boardwalk is the Lake Coeur d’Alene boardwalk, which is an impressive 3,300 feet long
  • There are over 4,000,000 acres of wild, roadless land in Idaho

With so much open space and breathing room, good sleep seems like a sure thing in Idaho. But do the state’s residents take advantage of all that peace and quiet? Are the folks in Boise getting fewer Zzz’s than those in the country? Join us as we dive into the data and find out.

28 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

28 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

17 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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Eagle, Idaho
Eagle
Sleep Score: 85.81

Eagle, ID

Population 28,363
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 81,909
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 28

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Hailey, Idaho
Hailey
Sleep Score: 85.18

Hailey, ID

Population 8,501
Insufficient Sleep 250
Median Income 54,330
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 180
oor physical health days 3.3
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.3
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.17
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 25

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Meridian, Idaho
Meridian
Sleep Score: 84.88

Meridian, ID

Population 106,804
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 64,375
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 28

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Kuna, Idaho
Kuna
Sleep Score: 84.8

Kuna, ID

Population 20,746
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 63,053
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 28

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Star, Idaho
Star
Sleep Score: 84.41

Star, ID

Population 9,940
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 55,674
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 28

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Boise City, Idaho
Boise City
Sleep Score: 84.35

Boise City, ID

Population 228,790
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 54,547
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 28

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Ammon, Idaho
Ammon
Sleep Score: 84.19

Ammon, ID

Population 16,475
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 62,336
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 27

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Hayden, Idaho
Hayden
Sleep Score: 83.88

Hayden, ID

Population 15,166
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 57,355
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 38

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Garden City, Idaho
Garden City
Sleep Score: 83.77

Garden City, ID

Population 11,911
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 43,656
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 120
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.71
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 28

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Rathdrum, Idaho
Rathdrum
Sleep Score: 83.65

Rathdrum, ID

Population 8,704
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 53,024
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 38

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Post Falls, Idaho
Post Falls
Sleep Score: 83.52

Post Falls, ID

Population 34,691
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 50,683
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 38

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
Idaho Falls
Sleep Score: 83.49

Idaho Falls, ID

Population 61,535
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 49,098
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.73
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 27

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Twin Falls, Idaho
Twin Falls
Sleep Score: 83.43

Twin Falls, ID

Population 49,764
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 46,283
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.66
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 29

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Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Coeur D'Ale.
Sleep Score: 83.36

Coeur D'Alene, ID

Population 51,303
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 47,606
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 4.13
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 38

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Moscow, Idaho
Moscow
Sleep Score: 83.33

Moscow, ID

Population 25,766
Insufficient Sleep 260
Median Income 35,979
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 220
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 200
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.26
Food insecurity 180
Unempolyment 27

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Lewiston, Idaho
Lewiston
Sleep Score: 83.17

Lewiston, ID

Population 32,817
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 50,653
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 170
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.15
Food insecurity 140
Unempolyment 28

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Sandpoint, Idaho
Sandpoint
Sleep Score: 83.16

Sandpoint, ID

Population 8,703
Insufficient Sleep 270
Median Income 36,706
Mentally unhealthy days 3.7
Obesity 260
oor physical health days 3.6
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.6
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.5
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 45

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Chubbuck, Idaho
Chubbuck
Sleep Score: 83.15

Chubbuck, ID

Population 15,316
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 56,966
Mentally unhealthy days 4.3
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 4.4
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 4.4
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.35
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 30

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Payette, Idaho
Payette
Sleep Score: 83

Payette, ID

Population 7,527
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 50,300
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4.1
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 4.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 39

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Blackfoot, Idaho
Blackfoot
Sleep Score: 82.94

Blackfoot, ID

Population 11,946
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 43,007
Mentally unhealthy days 4.2
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 4.1
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 4.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 30

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Weiser, Idaho
Weiser
Sleep Score: 82.92

Weiser, ID

Population 5,381
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 30,919
Mentally unhealthy days 4.1
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4.3
Drinking 130
Physical inactivity 4.3
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.63
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 47

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Mountain Home, Idaho
Mountain Ho.
Sleep Score: 82.9

Mountain Home, ID

Population 14,451
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 48,625
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.56
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 36

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Fruitland, Idaho
Fruitland
Sleep Score: 82.78

Fruitland, ID

Population 5,388
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 46,190
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4.1
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 4.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.22
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 39

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Preston, Idaho
Preston
Sleep Score: 82.65

Preston, ID

Population 5,501
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 42,321
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 3.6
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 3.6
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.07
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 23

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Burley, Idaho
Burley
Sleep Score: 82.54

Burley, ID

Population 10,525
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 37,612
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 3.7
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 3.7
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.49
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 25

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Jerome, Idaho
Jerome
Sleep Score: 82.48

Jerome, ID

Population 11,807
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 39,115
Mentally unhealthy days 3.8
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4
Drinking 170
Physical inactivity 4
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.77
Food insecurity 100
Unempolyment 27

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Rupert, Idaho
Rupert
Sleep Score: 82.42

Rupert, ID

Population 5,769
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 35,510
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 320
oor physical health days 4
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 4
Smoking 140
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Food insecurity 90
Unempolyment 27

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Pocatello, Idaho
Pocatello
Sleep Score: 82.41

Pocatello, ID

Population 56,266
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 42,979
Mentally unhealthy days 4.3
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 4.4
Drinking 180
Physical inactivity 4.4
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.35
Food insecurity 150
Unempolyment 30

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Middleton, Idaho
Middleton
Sleep Score: 82.29

Middleton, ID

Population 8,009
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 43,462
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 36

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Caldwell, Idaho
Caldwell
Sleep Score: 82.28

Caldwell, ID

Population 56,541
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 43,269
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 36

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Nampa, Idaho
Nampa
Sleep Score: 82.26

Nampa, ID

Population 96,252
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 43,058
Mentally unhealthy days 3.9
Obesity 350
oor physical health days 3.9
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 3.9
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.75
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 36

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Rexburg, Idaho
Rexburg
Sleep Score: 82.06

Rexburg, ID

Population 28,687
Insufficient Sleep 280
Median Income 26,341
Mentally unhealthy days 4.5
Obesity 250
oor physical health days 4.5
Drinking 160
Physical inactivity 4.5
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 2.59
Food insecurity 200
Unempolyment 19

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Emmett, Idaho
Emmett
Sleep Score: 82.03

Emmett, ID

Population 6,903
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 35,465
Mentally unhealthy days 4
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 4.3
Drinking 150
Physical inactivity 4.3
Smoking 170
Air pollution (PM2.5) 3.29
Food insecurity 160
Unempolyment 39

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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