Meridian : Idaho

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What it's Like to Retire in Meridian

Meridian is a town 10 miles west of Boise, Idaho.  The population is just over 75,000, more than a 1115% increase from 2000. Now the third largest city in Idaho (and its fastest growing), it is also a suburb of Boise. It is close to Idaho's mountains with outstanding recreational opportunities. It offers a diversified economic base since many major high tech companies are located in this area.

Where to Retire in Meridian and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities, along with developments that tend to attract this demographic (see link at right). Zillow's Home Value Index was $170,600 in late 2015. 


What is special about Meridian

Fast growing city with many new developments.  Close to outstanding recreational opportunities. Moderate cost of living.

What is not special about Meridian

Rampant growth.  Other than Boise, you are far from any city.

Who will like retirement in Meridian

Retirees who like outdoor activities and want to experience four distinct seasons.


Local economy is driven by

High tech industry and construction.

Climate and Physical Environment

Located on Idaho's western border in the southern part of the state.  It is close to Idaho's mountains - Sun Valley is about 3 hours away. The elevation in Meridian is 2600'. Climate is dry in summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Boise has a number of cultural attractions. The University of Phoenix, Boise State University, and several small colleges are nearby.


Crime occurs at about half the rate of the U.S. average.

Medical facilities

Treasure Valley Hospital is about 6 miles away in Boise;  Boise VA Medical Center is 10 miles away in Boise.



Boise's airport is about 14 miles away.

Valuable Links

Idaho retirement guide
City of Meridian
Meridian photo gallery
Review of Boise as a retirement community

What people are saying about Meridian

Additional Info
There are several other hospitals near Meridian. St. Luke\'s and St. Alphonusus are very large hospitals. Also, you may be far away from other cities but we have a wonderful airport and can get about anywhere. Crime is SO much lower than Redding, CA where we came from two years ago. Yes it is growning fast!
Posted by erdocsmom on November 10, 2016

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Facts about MERIDIAN
  • State: ID
  • Environment: Suburban,Mountain,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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