Meridian : Idaho

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What it's Like to Retire in Meridian

Meridian is a town 10 miles west of Boise, Idaho.  A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739.  Meridian is the state's fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.  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.  Picture of Meridian City Hall and picture of the Welcome Sign on Meridian Road courtesy of Wikipedia and Dmharris.

Watch this short Youtube video prepared by City of Meridian:


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 $281,800 in mid-2018. 


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. The Center at The Park is Meridan's very active senior center that offers programs, classes, and activities.


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

City of Meridian

Meridian Senior Center

Idaho retirement guide

Meridian photo gallery

Review of Boise as a retirement community


What people are saying about Meridian

City of Meridian population updated
We have updated the population number for Meridian to a more recent estimate in 2015, which places it at 90,739. Thanks, TD
Posted by admin on March 14, 2017
Serious math error
\"The population is just over 75,000, more than a 1115% increase from 2000\" is terribly wrong. Meridian\'s population in the year 2000 was 36,727. In 2010 (apparently when this page was last edited), its population was 75,602, and today its population is around 90,000 to 100,000. At the stated number of 75,000 (2010), the increase from the year 2000 was only about 100%, far from 1115%. Even today, the increase from the year 2000 is only about 200%.
Posted by TDHofstetter on March 13, 2017
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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