Meridian is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 114,161 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Meridian is the third largest community in Idaho. Much of the housing stock in Meridian was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Meridian economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Meridian, where the median household income is $71,389.00.
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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Meridian is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.19%), sales jobs (13.50%), and management occupations (10.49%).
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: 7.99% 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 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.
The citizens of Meridian are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.24% of adults in Meridian have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Meridian in 2018 was $33,328, which is wealthy relative to Idaho, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $133,312 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 English, German, Irish, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Meridian is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.