Meridian is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 95,623 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 $64,337.00.
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 (15.77%), sales jobs (11.72%), and management occupations (9.50%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Meridian telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.52% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Meridian really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Meridian perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Meridian is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Meridian, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The education level of Meridian citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.44% of adults in Meridian have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Meridian in 2010 was $28,872, which is wealthy relative to Idaho, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $115,488 for a family of four. However, Meridian contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 European.
The most common language spoken in Meridian is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.