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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$199,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,020
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%

Meridian 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
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    81
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    5
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    239
    500
  • Theft
    1,239
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    70
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$64,337
National
$55,322
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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I love living in Meridian, Idaho! The people are friendly and neighborly, and the mayor has done some really great things with the town. There are lots of parks (more than I've ever seen in a town this size before) and more than one pool. There are also lots of opportunities to do fun things with your kids like take community classes, enjoy a parade or a play, or shop at interesting stores. There are also many amazing restaurants for those that like to eat. We are surrounded by lots of other opportunities for fun, learning, and excitement. The schools here are amazing! There are so many choices for your kids. Everything from arts schools to STEM schools and business schools, starting at the elementary level and going through high school. The arts programs are phenomenal, and the STEM programs are amazing!
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Meridian is a very safe place to live and good for raising a family. People here are generally kind and friendly. I love living in Idaho because of all of the outdoor activities available! Places to camp, hike, and ski are not too far away from Meridian. There may not be many tourist attractions or monuments, but it's worth it to be so close to rivers and forests. Another great aspect of Meridian is that living here allows you to enjoy all four seasons. They have warm summers and usually very snowy winters. Although it lacks much culture and diversity, it is a nice quiet place to raise a family.
I honestly love everything about Meridian! I guess if I had to choose some things I would want to change it would be after this horrendous record winter, I would like them to look into better emergency preparedness. I would like to see them prepared in a sense that we needed to be able to get out of our neighborhoods and could not. Main streets and highways were plowed but housing tracks and neighborhoods were not making it impossible to leave our homes. I didn't like how we weren't able to get things we needed either because all stores were cleared out of shovels, ice melt and anything needed to try and help ourselves. When stores did have them they inflated the prices and that also disappointed me.