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Livability

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.

Statistics

  • 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

News Articles

The Best Cities to Live on a $55,000 Salary

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

Here Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Idaho And Why

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

11 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2017

“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

These are the 20 best US cities to live in

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

#12 Best Places to Live

“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

Meridian named No. 1 housing market for newest homes

(#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

The 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017

“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

Is it yours? America’s 50 best cities to live: 24/7 Wall St.

(#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

2016 Best Cities to Retire

(#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

Niche’s 2016 Boise Rankings

Top 10 Retirement Cities – Best Places to Retire

(#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

2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live

(#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

2016’s Most Fun Cities in America

(#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

2016’s Best-Run Cities in America

(#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

Great Places to Retire on $1,000 a month

“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

KPMG Competitive Alternatives: Boise Ranks #1 in Pacific US for Lowest Cost

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).

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Best Places to Live 2016

(#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

Here Are the 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

(#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

2016’s Best & Worst State Capitals

(#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

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

2015’s Most Caring Cities in America

(#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 is thriving and growing

“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

50 Great Places to Retire Across the U.S.

“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

Meridian Idaho Temple

“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.”

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The Best Places To Retire In 2015

“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

2014 10 Best Cities for Kids

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