Welcome To Meridian
Meridian is the third largest city in the state of Idaho.
it is home to several private company and government headquarters such as Blue Cross of Idaho, the Idaho State Police, Crucial and Scentsy.
Roaring Springs is a large water park in Meridian, which is conveniently located near the I-84 freeway. Wahooz is a large family entertainment complex open year round, featuring go carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, bowling, an arcade and grill.
The Village At Meridian is an outdoor lifestyle shopping complex that opened in 2013. It is home to retail stores, a variety of restaraunts, a movie theater, fitness center, bowling center and an outood ice rink (in winter). There is outdoor seating and a playground surrounding a dancing fountain, with shows every hour with lights and music. The city’s Parks and Recreation department manages 17 public parks throughout Meridian including Meridian Settlers Regional Park, which hosts free outdoor movies during the summer months.
The Meridian Speedway lies within city limits directly south of Old Town Meridian. During the summer months, the place to be on Thursday evenings is the Meridian Urban Market, also known to locals as MUM. This open air Downtown Meridian urban market provides a neighborhood farmer’s market, artisan market, food tasting, local art, live music and a beer/wine garden. MUM allows locals and visitors to engage in the local community life while also providing long-term opportunity to foster urban development.
Real estate in Meridian offers something for everyone. Meridian itself offers a vast array of housing and neighborhood choices, from custom home sites in the country to master planned communities. Meridian is fast becoming a favorite destination for local to shop with it’s varied shops and The Village At Meridian.
“Meridian… is 24/7 Wall Street’s best city to live in. The city is safe and jobs have attracted growing numbers of new residents.”
– 24/7 Wall Street (2015)
Meridian has a wide variety of real estate options, from single family homes with acreage, custom homes or even homes centered around golf course living. There are several master planned communities in Meridian that offer scenic walking paths, nearby schools and other amenities. If you’re looking for acreage and privacy, you can find that in Meridian too.
Downtown Meridian’s historic roots are evident today, yet revitilization is in the last decade has brought a number of new businesses, a new city hall and remodeled homes. There are many dining choices in Downtown Meridian, including Flatbread Neopolitan Pizza, Epi’s Basque Restaraunt and Sunrise Cafe.
The Village At Meridian
The perfect gathering place for friends and family. The Village At Meridian features upscale apparel and speciality retail, fine restaraunts and cafes, Village Cinema and luxury office space. Designed with European-style architecture, the buildings and tree-lined streets surround a park setting complete with a childen’s play area and world class show fountain with hourly shows choreographed to lights and music.
Shopping and Recreation
Something For Everyone
The Village at Meridian is an outdoor shopping mall that opened in October 2013. It is home to retail stores, restaurants, a movie theater, a fitness center, arcade/bowling, and an outdoor ice rink. There is outdoor seating and a playground surrounding a fountain that has a show every hour with lights and music. Majestic Cinemas is an 18 screen first-run movie theater located southwest of the Eagle I-84 exit. Roaring Springs is a large water park in Meridian. Located next to Roaring Springs is Wahooz, a large family entertainment complex open year-round featuring go carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, bowling, an arcade and grill.
The city’s Parks and Recreation department manages 17 public parks throughout Meridian including Settlers Regional Park which hosts free outdoor movies during the summer months. Eagle Island State Park is about 2.5 miles north of Meridian and includes a man-made lake with a beach, equestrian and hiking trails, fishing, and a water slide. The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is south of Meridian. During the summer months of May through September, the place to be on Thursday evenings is the Meridian Urban Market, also known as MUM by locals. This open-air Downtown Meridian urban market provides a neighborhood farmer’s market, artisan market, food-tasting, local art, live music and a beer and wine garden.
- A charming downtown with more than a dozen shops and restaraunts ranging from casual to fine dining
- Centrally located in the Treasure Valley, close to the freeway, Boise and Eagle
- Wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities available year round
- City of Meridian was incorporated in 1893
- Home to The Village At Meridian, Scentsy headquarters and home to the Idaho State Police.
Julius M. Kleiner Park
Julius M. Kleiner Park is a 58-acre regional park located in Meridian. It is beautifully designed with hundreds of trees, water features, walking paths, an ampitheather, a senior center and more. It has become one of the more popular parks in Meridian and is conveniently located adjacent to The Village At Meridian.
A wonderful downtown Meridian gathering place for coffee, treats, full breakfast or lunch.
The West Ada School District serves the city and is the largest in the state. The school district is committed to involving families, staff and community members in regular, two-way, meaningful communication with a focus on student achievement.
Sense Of Community
Bringing People Together
Meridian is strategically located in the heart of the Treasure Valley. It has been the fastest growing city in Idaho since 1994, with the population tripling between 1990 and 2000, and more than doubling between 2000 and 2007. Meridian is listed in Money Magazine’s 50 Best Places To Live and is recognized nationally for its quality of life, safety and cost of living.
Many of the larger planned neighborhoods in Meridian were designed around bringing people together. In many of these planned developments you’ll find amenities such as walking paths, basketball courts, swimming pools, parks and clubhouses. Some communities in Meridian offer specialized lifestyle amenities such as equestrian or golf course living.
- Population: 83,596
- Population Density: 2,803 residents per square mile
- Median Household Income: $53,276
- Average Commute: 23 minutes
- Median Age: 33 years old
- Average Home Sales Price: $278,140
The first creamery was built in Meridian in 1897; soon after other dairy-related businesses followed. Meridian quickly established itself as a dairy center for the state. The community has been celebrateing it’s dairy roots since 1929 with the annual Meridian Dairy Days. There are still several active dairy farms and dairy processing operations in Meridian.
The interurban electric railway connected Meridian with other Treasure Valley towns in 1908. The trolley provided convenient public transportation, as well as a means for shipping milk to the creameries and hauling fruit to market. The popularity of the automobile led to the demise of the area trolley in 1928.
Many of the early settlers planned large fruit orchards, and through the 1940s Meridian was home of a large fruit growing, packing and shipping industry. Local apiaries were among the largest in the nation, as bees were necessary to sustain the fruit growing industry.