Meridian 82 Exceptional
Meridian Livability #9 ranked city in Idaho#2,484 ranked city in the USARanks better than 91% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Meridian Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Meridian Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than Idaho
1022% more expensive than the US average
937% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Meridian cost of living
A Meridian Crime Total crime is 15% lower than Idaho
Total crime
1,22851% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8251% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Meridian crime
C Meridian Employment Household income is 31% higher than Idaho
Median household income
$64,33716% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,8723% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%38% lower than the US average
Meridian employment
B- Meridian Housing Home value is 19% higher than Idaho
Median home value
$199,1008% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0207% higher than the US average
Home ownership
76%19% higher than the US average
Meridian real estate or Meridian rentals
C Meridian Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Idaho
High school grad. rates
89%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%equal to the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
Meridian K-12 schools
C Meridian User Ratings There are a total of 46 ratings in Meridian
Overall user rating
64% 46 total ratings
User reviews rating
25% 6 total reviews
User surveys rating
78% 40 total surveys
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      Living in Meridian, ID

      Meridian, Idaho is a medium-sized city with a population of 88,247 people. If we look at the most recent Census, Meridian is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Meridian has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 81% of the population is classified as married and 54% have kids.

      Living in Meridian can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Idaho, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Meridian, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, housing and more.

      With a livability score of 82 out of 100, Meridian is ranked #971 in the United States and #1 in Idaho. This is a phenomenal score, as Meridian ranks well in multiple categories! Another exciting tidbit, is that Meridian ranks better than 90% of all US cities! For each of the livability categories, we see that Meridian ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A) and housing (B-).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Meridian, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Roaring Springs Waterpark, Wahooz Family Fun Zone, and Pinz Bowling Center.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Meridian gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 150 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Meridian. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Meridian are affordable. Median real estate prices in Meridian come in at $199,100, which is 18.6% higher than the Idaho average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Meridian, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 8.8% lower than the Idaho average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Meridian were 5.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.5%.

      Meridian transportation information

      Average one way commute22min20min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.9%78.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.7%10.0%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.2%0.7%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.8%2.8%2.8%
      Working from home7.5%5.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Meridian, ID data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).