Meridian, Idaho

Life in Meridian, Idaho, explained by people who’ve lived in Meridian:

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Meridian Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Meridian?

  • Being right in the middle. Close to downtown and many other amenities. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • I loved then small town feel. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Small town feel. (Nate, 8 years)
  • Used to be the right mix of rural and urban. Not so much anymore. (Dave, 16 years)
  • Nothing. (Monte, 21 years)
  • It’s home. (Sue, 25 years)
  • When it was a small town. (Paula, 50 years)

Meridian Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Meridian?

  • The roads. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • Recently, the traffic. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Congestion. (Nate, 8 years)
  • Traffic. (Dave, 16 years)
  • Size. (Monte, 21 years)
  • It has grown too much. (Sue, 25 years)
  • Losing all the farm land to subdivisions. (Paula, 50 years)

Meridian Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Meridian?

  • We enjoy the shopping, events at the parks, movies, but unfortunately the majority of the things we do, we go out of town like camping and fishing. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • Meridian Speedway. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Village & Wahooz/Roaring Springs. (Nate, 8 years)
  • Roaring Springs, Wahooz, The Village, Majestic Theater. (Dave, 16 years)
  • Drugs. (Monte, 21 years)
  • The Village, Roaring Springs, car races at the speedway. (Sue, 25 years)
  • Speedway. (Paula, 50 years)

Meridian’s Reputation

What’s Meridian known for?

  • From what I’ve learned it was established as the dairy center for the state and family friendly neighborhoods. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • Meridian Speedway. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Water tower. (Nate, 8 years)
  • Nothing… (Dave, 16 years)
  • Suburban. (Monte, 21 years)
  • The water tower, the speedway, Roaring Springs, the Village. (Sue, 25 years)
  • Growth. (Paula, 50 years)

Meridian Crime

What’s the crime like in Meridian? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • We live in new build homes near Black Cat and McMillan and we have had a bit of crime in there lately, but nothing like where we used to live. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • Not sure. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Bad in the older parts of town. (Nate, 8 years)
  • No idea. (Dave, 16 years)
  • Not bad as people make it seem. (Monte, 21 years)
  • More than I’ve ever seen. (Paula, 50 years)

Meridian Advice

Any advice for people moving to Meridian?

  • Learn the culture and know that Idaho moves a bit slower than other states…which is a good thing. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • It’s becoming another California. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Keep it friendly. (Nate, 8 years)
  • Be ready to pay WAY MORE for a home than in Caldwell or Nampa. (Dave, 16 years)
  • Bring good food! (Monte, 21 years)
  • Please don’t ! 😁 (Sue, 25 years)
  • Don’t. (Paula, 50 years)

Meridian Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Meridian (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Meridian Speedway. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Dairy days. (Nate, 8 years)
  • In high school we used to go to Gotcha Paintball, but they tore that down years ago. (Dave, 16 years)
  • My favorite has been Friday night football games. Wish there was a junior college here though. (Monte, 21 years)

Meridian’s Future

How do you think Meridian will change over the next 10 years?

  • I think it’s going to continue to grow but if ACHD doesn’t do something about the roads, traffic is going to tons worse than it is now. (Christina, 1.5 years)
  • It will become another California. Look at the mall off Eagle road. So California. (Tom, 5 years)
  • Double in size. (Nate, 8 years)
  • Just more and more urban and crowded. Sad. (Dave, 16 years)
  • Get larger and bring more entertainment and food too. (Monte, 21 years)
  • It will just keep getting bigger.😑 (Sue, 25 years)

Meridian Facts

Any other interesting facts about Meridian?

  • Needs more entertainment. (Nate, 8 years)
  • It has Dairy Days because there used to actually be cows in Meridian. (Dave, 16 years)
  • It has a lot of room, but people won’t tell you that. (Monte, 21 years)