Located in the center of Idaho’s largest metropolitan area, known as the Treasure Valley, Meridian was Idaho’s fastest growing city in the 1990s. Known for its quality of life, the Meridian area offers excellent schools, affordable housing, a growing business climate and an active community life.
While we enjoy four distinct seasons, moderate temperatures and low humidity make for pleasant outdoor living throughout most of the year. The average annual temperature is 52 degrees. In an average summer, the median temperature ranges between 56 and 87, with winter ranges between 23 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Annual precipitation is around 11.71 inches. Meridian sits at 2,606 feet above sea level.
Roaring Springs Water Park is one of the newest water parks in America. A destination in itself, it is adjacent to Boondocks Fun Center, which has bumper cars, miniature golf and a video arcade. Meridian is home to the Meridian Speedway, with stock car racing from April through September.
The Idaho Peace Officers Memorial is located on the grounds of the Idaho State Law Enforcement Headquarters. For history buffs, visit the Pine Street School, a restored one-room school-house museum and winner of the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. Meridian has several homes on the National Historic Register, including the Tolleth House, home of an antiques and collectibles store.
The Chamber houses an Idaho Visitor Center, containing information on every area of the state and brochures on nearly every historical, geological or recreational attraction. Stop by for a State highway map and an official State Travel guide, as well as individual brochures. Our staff and volunteers will give you ideas for day trips or vacations.
Because of Meridian’s recent growth, housing options are very good. New subdivisions abound in every area of the city, and established neighborhoods offer a wide range of choices. Senior communities are available, offering security and special amenities. Several planned communities have neighborhood parks and a wide range of home prices, with adjacent commercial areas.
Utilities are reasonable, and electricity rates are among the lowest in the nation.
A wide range of shopping options are available to Meridian residents. From specialty stores located in old homes in historic “Oldtown” to the growing Crossroads Mall, shoppers can find anything they need in Meridian. Other areas of the city feature retail and service businesses in an amazing variety, from national and regional chain stores and restaurants to locally-owned favorites.
Dining & Entertainment
Meridian restaurants range from locally-owned ethnic restaurants (featuring Basque, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Vietnamese menus) to well-known chains for everything from great American steaks to seafood.
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra, an all-volunteer community orchestra, offers a “family-friendly” season each year. Featuring light classical and “pops” concerts each season, the Symphony brings great music to the community and also performs in small groups for various community functions.
Meridian has several annual events and festivals. The Chamber Chili Cook-off in January is a local favorite to chase away the winter blues. Meridian Dairy Days honors our heritage as the center of the dairy industry in the first half of the 20th century. Celebrated continuously since 1929, Dairy Days features a Dairy Show, Parade, Pancake Feed, carnival, and an arts and crafts fair.
Scarecrow Festival, in October, is a Meridian-original. Harvest-oriented festivities abound, and scarecrows with various themes show up on every street corner. Holiday activities the first week in December feature a parade, the Wreath Festival, City Tree Lighting and various other events.
Meridian residents enjoy the cultural events offered in Boise and Nampa, from ballet to Shakespeare; opera to Broadway shows. The Treasure Valley has a wealth of musical and theatrical groups, offering shows throughout the year.
The Meridian Parks & Recreation Department operates six public parks, including a skateboard park. Recreational and hobby classes for children and adults are offered year round. Youth sports of all varieties are offered by various organizations, including the Meridian Police Activities League. A public swimming pool is open June through August.
From fishing to skiing, boating to backpacking, Idaho is the place to be. Bogus Basin Ski Resort is 26 miles from Meridian, and world-famous Sun Valley is accessible by both plane and car (within three hours). We are located four miles from the Boise River, which is open to fishing most of the year and stocked with fishery species on a regular basis. Dams on the Boise and the Snake rivers afford great camping, boating and fishing opportunities.
The Meridian School District is the largest in the state, serving the communities of Meridian, Eagle, Star and parts of Boise. Known for its progressive outlook, the District regularly solicits input from parents, civic groups and business leaders to constantly improve student motivation and achievement. Elementary schools include years K-5, middle schools years 6-8 and the high schools include freshman through seniors.
Year-round schools are available at the elementary level. The District offers alternative middle and senior high schools for children who do well in smaller classes. Within the Meridian District, there are two charter high schools – one with a technology focus and the second with a medical arts focus.
Area higher education choices include Boise State University, Albertson College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University and branches or online campuses of the University of Idaho, the University of Phoenix and George Fox University. Construction is underway on the West Campus of Boise State University, located just five miles west of Meridian.
St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center operates a 64-bed, full-service hospital in Meridian, the hospital offers a full-range of services, including a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient and outpatient surgery, maternity and pediatric services, critical care, diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment. The campus contains offices for over 37 area physicians that cover a wide range of specialties.
St. Alphonsus Meridian Health Plaza offers urgent care; outpatient surgery; lab and diagnostic services; physical, speech and occupational therapy; a community health education center; and the office of family practice and internal medicine physicians, as well as medical and surgical specialists.
Meridian has numerous other medical and dental clinics, as well as various single physician, optometric and chiropractic offices.
Business is booming in Meridian! Hand-in-hand with the 1990s’ population surge, commercial development has blossomed. Meridian is the headquarters for Blue Cross of Idaho, the Idaho Athletic Club, Micro 100 Tool Corporation, Precision Craft Log Structures, Western Electronics and Western States Equipment Company.
Meridian is also home to the Idaho State Police Headquarters, the Peace Officer Training Academy and St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center.