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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Meriden is a town in Connecticut with a population of 60,241. Meriden is in New Haven County. Living in Meriden offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Meriden there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Residents of Meriden tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$978
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Meriden Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    225.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    466.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,649.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    294.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Meriden

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,350
National
$55,322
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Meriden Reviews

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Meriden is demographically convenient for my continuing education and job. I have opportunities available for pursuing my education at Platt High School, where I get tutored. I have expanded social and educational services to benefit others in the near future. I have engaged volunteer opportunities to expand and explore the social work field. Meriden needs some assistance in many areas and I'm willing to contribute, however, I can. With the assistance that I receive from this, it will benefit myself and others by giving back.
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The city has a past of being a semi-good place to live. I left for the Marine Corps and came back with a family, and now seeing Meriden as a family town has its ups and downs. It's fantastic that they are trying to make the City visually nice, but it is a downfall when you can't address the disrespect that the citizens have for those new items. For instance, when you put a new playground in a section of the city that is known for bad habits, that playground isn't safe anymore. The playground has graffiti all over it and the ground is infested with shattered glass and beer bottles with a continuous smell of marijuana. I think twice about taking my children there, because I have to make my rounds in the playground to ensure their safety....
Not much to do in this city especially since they are more so focused on "revitalizing" the least important aspects of the city. Granted the construction of the new apartments downtown is great, what really could use help is the east side. Most people travel to surrounding towns to go shopping or to have fun because there is a severe lack of entertainment destinations for people as a whole. Meriden needs to bring more businesses into the city rather than driving them away because the rent for the building is too high.