Meridian is safer than the majority of cities, towns, and villages in America (63%) and also has a lower crime rate than 54% of the communities in Idaho, according to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI crime data. How risky is that? Your chance of becoming a victim in Meridian is one in 66 based on the total crime rate (violent and property crimes, combined). In America overall, your chance of becoming a victim of crime is 1 in 30.
Additionally, NeighborhoodScout analyzed all cities and towns in America with a similar population size to Meridian, and we found that the crime rate in Meridian is one of the lowest in the nation for its size. This means Meridian is one of the safest places in America in which to live for its size, a very important finding.
The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.
Now let us turn to take a look at how Meridian does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Meridian.
NeighborhoodScout's research shows that Meridian's violent crime rate is 1 per one thousand inhabitants, which is about average for all communities in America, across all population sizes. Violent crimes that are tracked and included in this rate are armed robbery, aggravated assault, forcible (not statutory) rape, and murder and non-negligent manslaughter. Roughly similar to the national average, our analysis shows that your chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Meridian is one in 711.
NeighborhoodScout's analysis of property crime reveals that the property crime rate in Meridian is below average to all cities and towns in the nation. This means that you are less likely to become a victim of arson, motor vehicle theft, larceny, or burglary in Meridian than in most communities in America. Your chance of becoming a victim of property crime if you live here? Just one in 73.