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    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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
Meridian is a town in Idaho with a population of 91,917. 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
91,917

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$221,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,016
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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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
    92.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    217.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,227.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    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
    4%
    13%

Working in Meridian

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$64,375
National
$55,322
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Meridian Reviews

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Meridian is such a good place to live! It is ugh a family friendly place, with a plethora of activities to participate in and enjoyable places to go to for all ages. Some of my favorites include wahooz, bowling, and roaring springs in summer as well as many beautiful parks. There are also many delicious new restaurants very close such as Costa Vida, Gyro Shack, and a favorite is Reed’s Dairy. Meridian is a safe place and great for outdoor activities, has beautiful weather, and gorgeous nature. The only thing keeping me from giving a solid 5 star rating a the quality of the school system. The teachers and school administration have some questionable policies to say the least. Nonetheless, Meridian is a great place for families and children growing up.
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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!
I moved to Meridian not too long ago, I love the community! Everyone in my neighborhood is so nice and welcoming! I also love that we have so many parks, playgrounds, and greenbelts that are well kept and maintained. Meridian is a great place to settle down, build your roots, and start a family. I am so thankful I moved to Meridian and cannot wait to see how it grows!