History of Meridian, Idaho
The town was established in 1891 on the Onweiler farm north of the present site and was called Hunter. Two years later an I.O.O.F. lodge was organized and called itself Meridian because it was located on the Boise Meridian and the town was renamed. The Settlers' Irrigation Ditch, 1892, changed the arid region into a productive farming community which was incorporated in 1902.
Meridian was incorporated in 1903. The information in the following sections (Irrigation, Village, Rail Transportation, and Creamery) is found on the displays in the Meridian City Hall Plaza. - Source Wikipedia
Current Day Meridian
As of the census of 2010, there were 75,092 people, 25,302 households, and 19,916 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,803.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 26,674 housing units at an average density of 995.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.8% of the population.
There were 25,302 households of which 47.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.3% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.33.
The median age in the city was 32.5 years. 33.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.5% were from 25 to 44; 20.7% were from 45 to 64; and 8.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female. - Source Wikipedia
Meridian: Best Places to Live Finalist
Meridian is the 3rd largest city of Idaho. The clean and attractive surburban setting 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. Workers from Boise based Micron Technology (semiconductors), Hewlett-Packard, and J.R. Simplot (agriculture and french-fry fame) tend to commute to live in the Meridian area. 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, Utah, Oregon and Nevada to Meridian. The emergence of affordable housing, job opportunities and a high quality of living has brought a residential and business boom to the City of Meridian.
Forbes Voted Meridian: Best Places to Retire
Meridian is a high-desert (elevation: 2,605 feet) suburb just west of Boise. The average high temperature is 64 degrees; the average low is 41 degrees. Average yearly rainfall is only 10 inches a year, and snowfall 12 inches. Air quality is good. The area has a high rank on the Milken Institute list of best cities for aging, although doctors per capita are below the national average. The economy is good.
The Village in Meridian
The perfect gathering place for friends and family, The Village at Meridian features upscale apparel and specialty retail, fine restaurants and cafes, Village Cinemas, and luxury office space. Designed with European style architecture, the buildings and tree lined village streets surround a park setting complete with a children's play area and world class show fountain with hourly shows choreographed to lights and music. Located in the heart of Idaho's Treasure Valley, The Village at Meridian is a unique and unexpected destination you have to experience for yourself.