Meridian

Sprawling out across the north-central plains of Treasure Valley.

Welcome to Meridian

An up-and-coming rural suburb
 


 
Sprawling out across the north-central plains of Treasure Valley, the rural-yet-residential Idaho suburb of Meridian hums with activity. Framed by the Owyhee Mountains to the south and bookended by its proximity to the central city hubs of Boise and Nampa, Meridian is attractive to a wide array of people, from families to individuals of any age.
 
Incorporated in the late 1800s, Meridian earned its name from its location on the Boise Meridian. Following its founding, the city flourished because of its fruit farming and eventually its connection to the Interurban rail line, which lasted until 1928. Stemming from its origins of local, family-owned businesses, Meridian bloomed into the third-largest and fastest-growing city in all of Idaho. 

Fast forward to today, and the streets of Meridian are stippled with newly-built single-family homes and townhouses. The fact that Meridian has consistently been voted a top place to live in all of America has helped the city boom, but it still remains affordable compared to the busy coastal metropolitan suburbs. 
 

What to Love

  • A charming rural environment with city amenities 
  • More than 20 parks within city limits
  • Some of the highest-rated educational opportunities in Idaho

People and Lifestyle

With the feel of a close-knit community, Meridian appeals to those searching for a homespun vibe without the frustrating isolation. Between the mild weather, green spaces, and inviting neighbors, Meridian expertly walks the line between rural and residential.
 
Not to mention the fact that Meridian is less than a 20-minute drive from both Nampa and Boise, making it a prime location for any resident. The population of Meridian is composed of highly educated people, and a majority of its residents hold white-collar jobs in fields like healthcare, marketing, and management. It’s the perfect location for professionals to enjoy an idyllic environment without losing access to urban luxuries.
 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

Meridian prides itself on thoughtfully designed community spaces that lend themselves well to the growing arts and entertainment scene. Capture sight of these at Meridian’s heart, the downtown district, where artful signage and graceful gardens adorn the many shops and eateries.

Enjoy the splendor and convenience of The Village at Meridian, a deluxe plaza home to movie theaters, restaurants, world-renowned and local retail shops, gyms, and a gorgeous open-air fountain that’s bordered by charming outdoor seating. The Meridian Crossroads is another must-visit destination outfitted with a plethora of shops and restaurants for the whole family to appreciate.

Once that appetite’s been worked up, head on over to Idaho Pizza Company, where the pizza is famously recognized to be “as good as the great outdoors.” Or try out Lucky Fins, a seafood restaurant that’s been voted best seafood restaurant by both the Boise Weekly and the Greenley Tribune for seven years running.
 

Things to Do

When it comes to festivals, parks, and activities, Meridian’s attentive city planning becomes apparent. The town places emphasis on increasing livability and scenic streets without sacrificing sustainability and green living. 

One of the leading annual festivals, Meridian Dairy Days, boasts activities abound. The organization prides itself on growing support for local 4H groups as well as putting on massively entertaining parades, pageants, and festivals for the whole community to enjoy. Cool off at Roaring Springs Waterpark, a marvelous waterpark that’s constantly expanding and changing.

Or take a day trip to any one of Meridian’s choice parks, such as the Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, which not only hosts a plethora of sports arenas and courts but also a splash pad, arboretum, playground, concessions, and more. Or unwind at Settlers Park, over 58 acres of rental event fields, courts, interactive fountains, and more, all perfect for any occasion.
 

Schools

Meridian is home to numerous excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
 
  • Challenger School
  • Renaissance High School
  • Meridian Medical Arts Charter School
  • Rocky Mountain High School
 
 
 

Overview for Meridian, ID

125,779 people live in Meridian, where the median age is 38.2 and the average individual income is $37,305.98. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

125,779

Total Population

38.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$37,305.98

Average individual Income

Around Meridian, ID

There's plenty to do around Meridian, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

78
Very Walkable
Walking Score
54
Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including A Sweet Experience, J Cookies, and Sunflower Bakery & Cafe.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.95 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.75 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.03 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.27 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.04 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.41 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Meridian, ID

Meridian has 43,959 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Meridian do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 125,779 people call Meridian home. The population density is 1,767.05 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

125,779

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

38.2

Median Age

49.53 / 50.47%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
43,959

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$37,305.98

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Meridian, ID

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Primary Schools ()
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Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby Meridian. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Meridian Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
Meridian Technical Charter High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Peregrine Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Meridian Medical Arts Charter
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Rocky Mountain High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Meridian Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Ponderosa Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
2/5
Hunter Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Prospect Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Cole Valley Christian Schools
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
A Child's Choice Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 10th
No rating available
Crossroads Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Barbara Morgan Stem Academy
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Ada Professional-Technical Center
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
No rating available
Lewis & Clark Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Paramount Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Pleasant View Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Idaho Technical Career Academy
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Chief Joseph School Of The Arts
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
River Valley Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Discovery Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Sawtooth Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Rebound School Of Opportunity
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
Willow Creek Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5

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