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Overview

Introduction to Meridian, Idaho

Meridian, Idaho, in Ada county, is located 9 miles W of Boise, Idaho (center to center) and 336 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Boise City metropolitan area.

Meridian History

The early settlers of Meridian lived along the Five Mile Creek. The first school of the area was established in 1885. A mail drop was soon established along the railroad line and was named as Hunter. The city adopted its present name in 1893, after the Meridian Lodge of the Odd Fellows. It was incorporated in 1903. The early economy of the city was largely depended on its fruit orchards. In 1908, Meridian was connected by the Interurban electric railway.

Meridian and nearby Attractions

  • Roaring Springs Water Park
  • Adventure Island Playground
  • World Center Birds of Prey
  • Warhawk Air Museum
  • Eagle Island State Park
  • Idaho Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Meridian

While staying in Meridian tourists can visit the Roaring Springs Water Park, which includes Thunder Falls, Kiddie Slide, and an icy landslide. The water park also offers the White Water Bay Wave Pool, Endless River, and the Leisure Lagoon. You can also let your kids enjoy at the Adventure Island Playground. The Boondocks Fun Center is also worth taking a look around. The city also offers easy access to Boise City Zoo, World Center Birds of Prey, Warhawk Air Museum, and Eagle Island State Park.

Meridian Transportation

The nearest airport is Boise Air Terminal/ Gowen Field.

Meridian Higher Education

Boise State University, Eastern Oregon University, Walla Walla Community College, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 84,018
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 37,409
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 61.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.3%
Median Earnings25+ $37,810
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,859
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,935

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,666
% Above Poverty Level 90.8%
% Below Poverty Level 9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,003
Median House Value $191,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.5%
US/American 0%
English 17.1%
Irish 8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Meridian Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Boise, Idaho (center to center)
Nearest Large City 336 miles SE of Portland, Oregon
County Ada
Metro Area Boise City
Standard Zip Codes 83642
P.O. Box Zip Codes 83680
Phone Area Codes 208
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.612
Longitude -116.39

Meridian Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BOISE AIR TERMINAL
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 60 to 89 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 12.1 inches
Station BOISE 7 N
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 36 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 19.2 inches
Station CALDWELL
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 58 to 93 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eagle 21,863 $90,482
Garden City 11,313 $51,635
Kuna 16,557 $64,795
Nampa 86,203 $45,254
Star 6,768 $63,558

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Meridian Public Libraries

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Meridian District
1326 W CHERRY LN
Meridian, Idaho
(208) 888-4451
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Meridian High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
2000 S. MILLENIUM WAY
208-855-4050
Serves 1,803 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL
1900 WEST PINE AVENUE
208-888-4905
Serves 1,522 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

MERIDIAN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
3800 NORTH LOCUST GROVE ROAD
208-288-2928
A Charter School.
Serves 183 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

MERIDIAN ACADEMY
2311 EAST LANARK STREET
208-887-4759
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 147 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

MERIDIAN MEDICAL ARTS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
3750 N. LOCUST GROVE ROAD
208-855-4075
A Charter School.
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

ADA PROFESSIONAL-TECHNICAL CENTER
357 E WATERTOWER LN STE D
208-855-0173
A Vocational School

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