Meridian is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 90,739 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Meridian is the third largest community in Idaho. Meridian has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Meridian, where the median household income is $63,023.00.
Meridian real estate is some of the most expensive in Idaho, although Meridian house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Meridian is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Meridian is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Meridian who work in office and administrative support (15.55%), sales jobs (11.43%), and management occupations (10.21%).
Also of interest is that Meridian has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.40% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because of many things, Meridian is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Meridian a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Meridian has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Meridian’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The overall education level of Meridian citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.34% of adults in Meridian have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Meridian in 2010 was $27,427, which is wealthy relative to Idaho, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,708 for a family of four. However, Meridian contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Meridian is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Meridian home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Meridian residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Meridian include German, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Meridian is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.