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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Meridian is a suburb of Boise with a population of 97,008. Meridian is in Ada County and is one of the best places to live in Idaho. Living in Meridian offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Meridian there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Meridian and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Meridian are above average.
About Meridian...
Population
97,008

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$242,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,045
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Meridian Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    103.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    13.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    164.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,003.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    46.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Meridian

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$68,131
National
$55,322
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Meridian Reviews

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Honestly, I don’t see the big hype about Idaho! I moved out here due to my husbands job. It’s very family friendly, parks/playgrounds are great, clean but man is it crowded! So many dang people, lines/crowds everywhere, traffic is horrendous and the lights take forever! I don’t think Idaho was expecting this much growth so there infrastructure is not there. I thought moving here would be a much more simple life but with the amount of people that live/moving here, it’s like a mini LA. Also the housing market is ridiculous! You’ll be on a waiting list forever and it’s getting so expensive. Plus, the rentals are getting into the non affordable price range. Not worth it, good luck!
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Meridian is a great place, people are very friendly, there is quick and easy access to fun things to do, and it is growing rapidly! It is close to many mountains great for skiing, snowboarding, and camping so Meridian is a fantastic place to live especially if you are a lover of the outdoors. There are amazing people here and most are quite welcoming and accepting of all.
This historically important agricultural town in Southwestern Idaho has grown rapidly in the last decade. The City Council has acted quickly, wisely, and prudently to meet the demand for new residential areas, and convenient commercial design. The community is quickly transforming itself from dairy's and corn fields to an important economic suburb. However, this generous community amazes me daily with the respectful, wholesome, and friendly spirit toward all new residents. I enjoy my retired neighbors along with the young families sprinkled along our quiet streets. The positive experiences of my daily travels reinforce the reasons I chose this community for a new home.