Idaho is no stranger to small towns, especially those of the “blink and you’ll miss it” variety. In fact, many of the smallest towns in Idaho contain so few permanent residents that they are best described as “extended families with a fondness for seclusion.” But we love it. Here in Idaho, we enjoy our personal space, large stretches of farmland, beautiful winding roads, and miniature towns that are a throwback to our awesome history — regardless of their population size.
Since Idaho is fortunate enough to still hold true to its frontier roots and open skylines, our quaint rural communities are similarly full of charm and simplicity. In fact, many of Idaho’s teeniest populations and unincorporated towns aren’t even thoroughly recorded by census data, although we managed to snag a few numbers from the most recent count. Here are just a few the smallest towns in Idaho:
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What are the most charming small towns in Idaho?
Looking for some small towns to visit in Idaho? You can't go wrong with checking out one that's been voted one of America's top 50 small towns. Haily, Idaho took its place on that list thanks to its rustic, rural charm. The scenery is absolutely stunning, too, and it hosts multiple annual festivals. It's perfect for a day trip. Stanley, Idaho is also located in a beautiful spot. Nestled in the mountains, this remote town is a hidden gem. You can find a whole list of wonderful, charming small towns to visit by following this link.
What is the oldest town in Idaho?
With so many rural towns in Idaho that have been around for decades, you might be wondering which one has been around the longest. Many mining towns cropped up in the late 1800s, but the earliest one was Franklin, Idaho. However, for a while, it was thought that Franklin was part of Utah. A survey would later prove it was a mile over the border in Idaho. Franklin was founded in 1860 and has a population of under 1,000 residents. You can learn more about the oldest towns in Idaho here.
What are the best road trips through Idaho?
Visiting small towns is just one of many potential Idaho road trips you can take. We've put together quite a few drives that will take you to everything from the state's prettiest waterfalls to its most haunted locations. Other drives include scenic cruises through Idaho's tunnel of trees in McCroskey State Park, historic drives along the Magruder Corridor, and remote trips out to the middle of nowhere. You'll find an entire list of all of these road trips and so much more by giving this article a read. This list is great to plan future trips within the state!