City of Meridian
Meridian, Idaho is ranked as one of the most livable communities in the nation. The violent crime rate is a fraction of the national average, the local economy is strong and unemployment low. Meridian has excellent schools, affordable homes, fun filled community events and abundant recreational opportunities. Unlimited adventure awaits in the expansive BLM and National Forest environments that surround this region.
- Population: 87,739
- Pct. With At Least a Bachelor’s Degree: 27.7%
- Amenities Per 100,000 Residents: 169.8
- The 7.4% increase in the number of jobs from 2012 through last year was much greater than the national job growth rate of 1.8% over that period.
- Over the five years through 2014, the city’s population growth rate of 28.0% was more than four times the nationwide population growth of 6.5%.
- Only 80 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 in Meridian last year, a fraction of the national violent crime rate of 366 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans.
* Source: “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” | 24/7 Wall St. | by Evan Comen, Sam Stebbins, Michael B. Sauter, and Thomas C. Frohlich | Nov 5, 2015
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(#10 Idaho) “Ranking at No. 10, the Gem State received recognition for its low cost of living and low crime rates. Individual income taxes here range from 1.6 to 7.4 percent. ” Read the Full Article
On Monday, Forbes released a list of best cities for young professionals in 2017. Boise took the No. 2 slot, second only to nearby Salt Lake City. Learn More
Boise, Idaho (#5) “The capital of Idaho is the fifth-best place to live on a $55,000 salary. If you earn exactly $55,000, Boise’s median monthly housing costs of $922 will consume only 20% of your income. That means plenty left over for fun and social activities. Boise has around 12.8 entertainment and civic establishments per 10,000 residents. And if short commutes are important to you, you’ll likely appreciate living in Boise where the average commute is only 18 minutes.” Read the Full Article
Meridian (#1) “Officially Idaho’s second-largest city, Meridian keeps topping national lists for good reason. A healthy economy, plenty of job opportunities, and a unique community centered around learning, fostering connections, and exploring new ideas has created a powerhouse of growth. The only con? The suburban, concrete-and-brick lifestyle might drift too far from the rural, nature-based lifestyle Idahoans typically treasure.” Read the Full Article
“Boise, Idaho (#4): Scenic, outdoors-oriented state capital city of 205,000 in state’s southwestern corner. Cost of living just 3% above national average. Robust economy Low serious crime rate. Good weather with low humidity and relatively mild winders and good air quality.” Read the Full Article
(#10 Boise, Idaho) The state best known for its spuds offers retirees safety and affordability — and those factors aren’t small potatoes. Scores highest for: cost of living, relatively low crime rates and seniors’ overall well-being. Read the Full Article
“Boise (#10) Located in the southwest corner of the Gem State, Boise benefits as a regional alternative to Seattle, Portland, or Salt Lake City,…The great outdoors is always close by with the Rocky Mountains and ski resorts. Big employers include St. Luke’s health systems, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Micron Technology, HP and the state government.” Read the full article
(#2 Boise) “In order to determine what state capitals are worth, WalletHub’s data team compared all 50 across 42 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards. Our data set ranges from “cost of living” to “K–12 school-system quality” to “number of attractions.” Read Full Article
(#5 Boise) “It seems like more and more people are discovering what makes Boise and The Treasure Valley such a special place to live. Thrillist.com is the latest to highlight our great city.” Read Full Article
“Next time you bake an Idaho potato in the oven, have a fond thought for Boise-where work-related stress is ranked (enviably) low at 148 out of 150. Other respectable rankings include 118th for money-related stress and 113th for family-related stress, keeping it squarely in the third tercile.” Read the full article
Boise (#12) makes it into the Top 20 in yet another national ranking!
“When considering a move people are concerned about finding a job in their field, earning enough to afford a home, sending their kids to good schools and feeling like a part of their community,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News, in a statement. “The Best Places to Live ranking takes all of that into account — the metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life.” Read the full article
“Boise (#12) is a recreationalist’s paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it’s worth a serious look. Idaho’s capital sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. Yes, there are wilder places. Yes, there are more urbane places. But Boise is a good place to live if you enjoy easy access to both.” Read the Full Article
(#6 Idaho) “To help you find that permanent, affordable place to call home, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key indicators of retirement-friendliness. Our analysis examines affordability, health-related factors and overall quality of life. ” Read Full Article
(#1 Meridian, ID) “More than one-third of the homes for sale in Meridian were built in the last three years. That’s the highest share of newer homes on the market in the country, according to the National Association of Realtors. The association put together a top-10 list of where to buy a home built after 2013. Meridian comes in first place, with 34 percent of its housing market built in 2014 or later.” Read Full Article
“Idaho (#7) is having a moment. The capital, Boise, [is] quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel + Bar, indie coffee shops, creative hubs, distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills.” Read the Full Article
(#2) Meridian’s “annual unemployment rate is quite low, At just 3.5% compared to the national jobless rate of 5.3%. Moreover, jobs are being added to the local economy faster than in most of the United States. The number of jobs increased by nearly 10% from 2013 through the end of last year, much faster than the national jobs growth rate of 4.0% over that period. Prospective employment is frequently the first priority for Americans considering relocation. With the strong job market, Meridian’s population has been growing dramatically in recent years. The city’s population growth rate of over 20% over the five years through 2015 is more than five times the nation’s 5-year population growth rate of 3.9%.” Read the Full Article
(#6 Boise, ID) “Life is full of achievements, from graduations to promotions and buying a house, all the way to retirement. It’s important for us to celebrate and reward ourselves for those achievements. For retirees, enjoying the golden years is what all that hard work was about. Seeking to determine the best cities in the U.S. for retirees, we used 24 data points from nine sources. Below you will find the results, as well as a detailed methodology describing how we arrived at them. ” Read Full Article
(#6 Boise, ID) “We make decisions on where we want to live in retirement based on how livable a city is or how much we love a neighborhood. Is it near water or in the mountains? How low is the crime rate? How walkable? Are arts and entertainment nearby? How close would it be to airports and health care?” Read Full Article
(#53 Boise, ID) The capital of Idaho is Boise, located on the Boise River in the southwestern portion of the state. The city is a regional hub for jazz and theater, plus nearly a dozen breweries are in existence. Some of the top microbrew choices are Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, Payette Brewing Co. and Sockeye Grill & Brewery, home to selections like Dagger Falls IPA and Woolybugger Wheat. Read Full Article
(#29 Boise, ID) “Small city on the expansion. Big city feel, with a small city vibe. The word friendly could be used synonymous with Boise.” Read Full Article
(#2 Boise, ID) “If you think potatoes and mountains are the only currency Idaho trades on, then you need to check out Boise. Boise, Idaho has a population of 205,671, 30% of whom are over the age of 50. Income tax rates range from 1.60% – 7.80%, and a median home value of $205,000 keeps housing affordable. A median property tax rate that puts the median bill around $1,188 means you’ll be spending less on taxes and more on those honey-do projects that come with retirement. The cost of living is 6% lower than average, and that means more than just cheap potatoes: you’ll be able to justify flying the grandkids in next summer.” Read Full Article
“(#49) Boise is a growing city with a growing entrepreneurial scene, and organizations assisting this growth include Trailhead, which has helped such startups as Animo, OmniGo! Events and IonVR. Other resources include Idaho Entrepreneurs, Boise Entrepreneurs, and Startup Grind Boise.” Read Full Article
(#27 Boise, ID) “Situated at the intersection of where desert meets mountains, the city of Boise’s cultural amenities are just as impressive as its natural surroundings. The Boise River flows through the city, past theaters, museums, great breweries and Boise State University. Top employers in Boise include St. Luke’s Health System, Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard. It’s easy to see why Boise is a Top 100 Best Place to Live.” Read the Full Article
(#1 Boise, ID) Factoring low crime rates, access to health care, recreation opportunities and affordability based on an average Social Security payment, Boise, Idaho once again makes another top ten list! Read Full Article
(#38 Boise) “To help Americans find the cities with the greatest number and variety of fun yet cost-effective options, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 51 key metrics. They range from “number of fitness centers per capita” to “movie costs” to “average open hours of breweries.” Scroll down for the winners, money-saving advice from experts and a full description of how we ranked the cities.” Read Full Article
(#1 Boise) “Running a city is a tall order. Not only must government officials navigate local politics, but they also must strive to balance the public’s interests with the city’s responsibilities and resources. And because resources generally grow limited as population sizes increase, especially when such increases occur rapidly, not all individual needs can or will be served.” Read Full Article
“Boise earned the top spot on our list of great places to retire. It is situated along the Oregon Trail in the Pacific Northwest and originally supported mining in the nearby mountains. According to TopRetirements.com, the city has various restaurants in a European-like downtown district called “BODO” (Boise downtown).” Read Full Article
Every two years, KPMG puts out a report called Competitive Alternatives that is a comprehensive analysis of business costs in more than 100 cities across 10 countries. Looking at 19 different industries, and 26 different cost factors, Boise ranks favorably in the 2016 edition.
Of the 12 U.S. Cities listed from the Pacific Northwest, Boise ranks #1 for competitiveness (excluding the two Canadian cities).
(#1 Boise, ID) “A longtime dream destination for would-be river guides, this city of 208,000 now offers something else, as well: a real city. Playtime happens outdoors, but a newly robust economy, driven by employers like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology, has spawned the same amenities found in places much larger. And with a median home price of about $209,000, you don’t have to mortgage your future to enjoy it.” Read Full Article
(#6 Boise, ID) “Idaho’s most populous city is also the least dangerous of the 100 ranked metro areas, with the lowest combined violent and property crime rates, per the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting. While it’s smaller than most cities in the top 20, Boise has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the top 10 and is one of the most affordable as well.” Read Full Article
(#6 Boise, ID) “WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 state capitals to identify which among them combines the best of everything an ideal city has to offer: affordability, a strong economy, high education standards and overall excellent quality of life. Our data set of 35 key metrics ranges from cost of living to K–12 school-system quality to number of attractions.” Read Full Article
“Boise, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Sacramento all have high forecasted home value appreciation; homes are expected to appreciate an average of about five percent over the next year.” Read Full Article
New homes, new businesses popping up in northwest Meridian Construction company owner says Costco is likely to open on Chinden and Linder this year
“As hundreds of new homes go up in northwest Meridian, businesses are showing more interest in that part of town. A Costco is likely to open this year on the corner of North Linder Road and East Chinden Boulevard, Datum Construction President and owner Keith Jones said. Crews with Datum are doing the groundwork for Linder Village, which will likely house Costco and almost 30 other commercial tenants, he said.” Read Full Article
(#1 Boise, ID) “Some cities, however, are better at taking care of their neighbors than others. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across 26 key metrics to find which among them have the most caring spirit. Our data set ranges from the percentage of sheltered homeless persons to the percentage of income donated to charity to the number of rehabilitation centers per capita. You can find the results, additional expert commentary and a detailed methodology…” Read Full Article
“MERIDIAN – A new national poll has Meridian sitting at the top of a list of the best cities to live in the country. A new 24/7 Wall St. study says the city’s crime rate is down, jobs are up and the local economy is growing faster than most of the country.” Read Full Article
“Meridian, located just outside of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, is 24//7 Wall St.’s best city to live in. The city is safe, and jobs have attracted growing numbers of new residents.” Read Full Article
“Boise is a great college town for your retirement. Boise State University provides plenty of intellectual stimulation to help keep an aging mind sharp. Its Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts hosts symphony concerts, dance performances and Broadway shows…Off campus, you can walk, run or bike the more than 20 miles of paved trails of the Boise River Greenbelt. Other outdoor activities to enjoy around the area include kayaking, boating, fly-fishing, golfing and skiing, just to name a few.” Read Full Article
(#10 Boise, ID for Clean Air) With the aid of 2015 EPA data, we ranked the 100 largest metropolitan areas (including their surrounding suburbs and counties) by the percentage of days with good air quality to come up with a list of the nation’s top 10 cities with the cleanest air and, of course, the other end of the spectrum. Read Full Article
“HomeSnacks.net recently released a top 10 list of best places to live after a data analysis of 200 cities in Idaho. Meridian came out on top.” Read Full Article
We have new video and photos of a big construction project in Meridian.
As you can see, construction on the new LDS temple is well under way.
The site is on North Linder Road, just north of Chinden Boulevard.
“Construction is underway for a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Meridian, Idaho. On April 2, 2011, President Thomas S. Monson, the leader of the Church, announced plans to construct the Meridian Idaho Temple.”
“Let’s face it. After retirement, most people are going to have less income than before. But at the same time they’ll have the opportunity to do something about it–like move to a place with cheaper costs, or at least one more to their liking in terms of population density, climate or economic growth. It’s a big country and there are a huge variety of places out there.” Read Full Article
Construction on the Meridian Temple is on target, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints local spokesman Brent McCurdy said.
McCurdy lives close to the temple site, which is off Linder Road north of Chinden Boulevard.
“Parents who want to expose their children to the great outdoors but also provide a big-city experience should give Boise, Idaho, serious consideration. It’s that best of both worlds concept, great schools and the long list of things for kids to do that put Boise at the top of our list of Top 10 Best Cities for Kids. Opportunities to hike up mountains, float down a river, ski and bike are minutes away, no matter where you live in Boise. Award-winning schools, low costs of living and a low crime rate help make the city even more appealing to young families.” Read Full Article