Meridian, ID

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Meridian, ID

About Meridian, ID

Meridian, Idaho is a vibrant city located in the southwestern part of the state. From its charming downtown area to its array of activities and attractions, Meridian has something for everyone! Nature lovers will appreciate outdoor activities like fishing at Settlers Park Pond or camping at Falcon Crest Campground. Meanwhile, art enthusiasts will want to take advantage of all the galleries and exhibits available throughout town, such as the Meridian Museum of Art and Village Square Gallery. And after enjoying all these activities, visitors can grab some delicious local fare from places like Chubby's Diner & Bar or Casanova Italian Restaurant! With its diverse attractions and activities, Meridian is an unforgettable place to visit! Mid-sized capital city - Southwestern Idaho, on a river plain at the base of the Boise Mountains.

State: Idaho
County: Ada County
Metro Area: Boise City Metro Area
City: Meridian
Zip Codes: 83646 83642
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Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Elevation: 2868 ft above sea level

Boise is the capital, largest city, and cultural center of Idaho. The clean and attractive downtown is framed by mountains to the northeast and irrigated agricultural plains to the west. The economy is a diverse blend of agriculture, agricultural processing, light manufacturing, and high-tech industries, including Micron Technology (semiconductors), Hewlett-Packard, and J.R. Simplot (agriculture and french-fry fame). The presence of state government rounds out the economic picture. More recently, the mountains, pleasant climate and low costs relative to other West Coast locations has brought a strong surge of migrants, many from California, and the typical construction real estate and service businesses that emerge from such migration. Considerable recent job growth has resulted from this migration.

Outdoor recreation is abundant, with excellent fishing, hiking, bicycling, and other activities, particularly in the Boise National Forest just to the northeast. Bogus Basin offers an after-work ski opportunity 20 miles away. In town, the North End is a successful tree-shaded urban restoration for mixed residential and commercial use. The historic commercial area west of downtown has been revitalized and serves as a destination with a well-attended farmer’s market. Boise State University adds some college life, but entertainment and nightlife are not the city’s strong suits.

Residential areas have begun to sprawl into agricultural lands to the west towards Eagle and Nampa, resulting in suburban sprawl and concerns about traffic and water supply, although many of these suburbs are more attractive than other Western counterparts. Mostly due to inbound migration, the area is experiencing an economic boom, but there are some questions how long it will continue and how it will affect the quality of life long term. Cost of living is growing but is still reasonable especially for the region. Boise is an attractive capital city with a lot going for it today.

The Boise Mountains, which rise 5,000 feet to 8,000 feet, are covered with a mix of sagebrush and chaparral, giving way to ridges of fir, spruce, and pine at the summits. To the south and west, the land is generally level with benches defined by former flows of the Boise and Snake rivers. Most of this land is used for irrigated agriculture. The climate is dry and seasonal with sufficient variation. Summer has a typical continental upland climate, with low humidity and generally pleasant days, punctuated by an occasional thunderstorm or heat wave from the south. Temperatures over 100 degrees occur nearly every year. Winters are mostly mild with periods of clouds and brisk, stormy weather. There is little wind, and occasional cold spells drop temperatures to 10 degrees or lower with occasional snow and periods of fog. Most precipitation occurs in the winter. Fall is ideal and spring is pleasant but marked with change. First freeze is early October, last is early May.

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Meridian Cost of Living

Mild climate, outdoor recreation, and attractive setting make Meridian a great place to live.

+30.5% higher than avg
+19.0% higher than avg
$1,065 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-7.8% lower than avg
Meridian Crime
22.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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   Mild climate
   Outdoor recreation
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   Attractive setting
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Over 5 years ago

New to the area and so far we think it's a great place to live compared to Denver, where we moved from. Quality of life is so much better here! A lot less traffic than  More

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I have been here since 2013 and have watched child after child be diagnosed with Cancer. Many of the children have been diagnosed with "rare" Cancers. It has been  More

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Over 6 years ago

It has changed a lot over the years... Crime rates are still low and people are overall still nice HOWEVER way too many people are moving to my wonderful town! All the  More

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