Meridian, Idaho

Generations Plaza in Meridian, Idaho
Generations Plaza in Meridian

In 1891, a town named Hunter was established on the Onweiler Farm just north of the present site of Meridian. The Settlers' Irrigation Ditch was built through the area in 1892 and with plenty of irrigation water, the area began to grow and became a fertile agricultural district. An International Order of Odd Fellows lodge was established in 1893 and, as it was located on the Boise Meridian, the lodge called itself Meridian. Shortly afterwards, the town was renamed.

Today, Meridian is Idaho's fastest growing city, growing to the point it has now surpassed the populations of Pocatello and Idaho Falls, making Meridian the 3rd largest city in Idaho, behind Boise and Nampa. Part of what has caused that is Meridian's location about halfway between Boise and Nampa in the heart of Idaho's "High Tech Industrial Zone."

Sunrise in Meridian, Idaho
Sunrise at the El Dorado subdivision in Meridian
Fast Facts about Meridian, Idaho
Meridian, Ada County, ID
Zip Codes: 83642, 83646, 83680
Incorporated: 1902
Elevation: 2,605'
Latitude: 43.6142°N
Longitude: 116.399°W
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 89.7%
Hispanic: 5.2%
Asian: 1.7%
African-American: 1.2%
Native American: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Two or More Races: 1.5%
High School or Higher: 92.2%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 27.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 5.9%
2009 Estimates:
Population: 68,516
Males: 33,627
Females: 34,889
Median Resident Age: 30.1 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $60,300
Estimated Median Home Value: $196,400
Population Density: 5,812 People per Square Mile
2011 Cost of Living Index for Meridian: 92.6
Major Industries:
Computer & Electronic Products, Construction, Health Care, Finance & Insurance Services, Lodging & Food Services, Government, Social Services, Professional Services, Transportation Services

Unemployed (March 2011): 9.0%
Photos of Meridian, Idaho courtesy of Shelly Houston.
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