A
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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$191,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,003
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%

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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
    76
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    19
    41
  • Robbery
    11
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    184
    525
  • Theft
    935
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$63,023
National
$53,889
Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    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 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.
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It is a very safe and clean city, with well-stocked stores and resources, as well as a good climate. It is also fast growing, which I enjoy. The people are highly friendly. Meridian, Idaho is also one of the most reasonably priced areas to live! I wish there was more stuff to do though. However, this is a fair trade off for the safety, great people, and awesome prices.
Meridian is an up and coming city in Idaho, a quick drive on the freeway away from the state's capital city, Boise. It's family friendly environment makes it an excellent city to raise a family, and its plentiful and beautiful parks make it a great place to get outside and get started on the healthy lifestyle that often gets continually put off. Being close to Boise means there is plenty of camping, football games, baseball games, movies, concerts, and great restaurants nearby, and the many great school districts in the valley give plenty of options for education. You also won't beat the commute time--it's consistently rated one of the lowest commute times in the country.