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Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Meridian, Idaho

Home of Kuna Butte summit, Meridian is a fast growing town 10 miles west of Boise, Idaho. The population is just over 60,000. Now the third largest city in Idaho (and its fastest growing), and 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 left). Zillow's Home Value Index was $530,915 in mid-2021, and reports the prices have risen 44.4% over 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.

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 200910.

Crime

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.

Transportation

Boise's airport is about 14 miles away.

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