Meridian : Idaho


What It Is Like to Retire in Meridian

Meridian is a town 10 miles west of Boise, Idaho.  The 2019 population was 114,161.  Meridian is the state's fastest-growing city, the population has exploded and had a 226.9% increase since 2000.  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 along with photo of of part of the Meridian Heritage Pavilion in the Meridian City Hall Plaza in which bricks from the original creamery were used to construct the building, and the Challenge Butter smokestack door, which is spotlighted, now covers a time capsule that will be opened in 2033, all courtesy of Wikipedia and Dmharris. (public domain).

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 left). Zillow's Home Value Index was $572,814 in early 2022, and reports the prices have risen over 27% during the past year. 


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. The majority of Meridian lies on a flat plain, roughly in the north central part of Treasure Valley. The Boise River runs north of the city and the Snake River runs far south of the city. Squaw Butte is visible to the north at 5,873 feet.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Boise has a number of cultural attractions. The University of Phoenix, Boise State University, and several small colleges are nearby. The Meridian Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary season in 2009–10.


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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