Meridian, Idaho

Meridian: The most populous city in Ada County, Idaho. It is located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho. Meridian is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Meridian City Hall and the Meridian Museum of Art.


Meridian is a city located in the county of Ada in the U.S. state of Idaho. Its population at the 2010 census was 75,092 and a population density of 973 people per km². After 9 years in 2019 city had an estimated population of 114,161 inhabitants.

The city was created 131 years ago in 1892.

Meridian is the third largest city in Idaho, located in Ada County just west of Boise. With over 115,000 residents, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in Idaho.


Meridian was incorporated as a village in 1891 on the Oregon Short Line Railroad. Early settlers were drawn by the fertile soil for farmland.

Growth accelerated in the 1990s and 2000s as the Boise metro expanded. Affordable homes, land, and good transportation access appealed to residents. Meridian grew from 15,000 to over 95,000 between 1990 and 2015.

Today Meridian balances suburban growth with retaining its family-friendly small town feel.


Major local employers are the West Ada School District, Blue Cross of Idaho, Idaho Power, and Wal-Mart.

Residents also commute to Boise for jobs. The economy focuses on education, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail services.


Popular spots include Settlers Park, Meridian Speedway, Roaring Springs Water Park, Village at Meridian outdoor mall, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

The Meridian Food and Wine Festival and Eagle Island State Park nearby provide outdoor recreation and events. The city boasts top-ranked schools and parks.


Offering prosperity, affordability, public services, recreation, and location near Boise, Meridian provides an outstanding lifestyle that appeals to Idaho families and new residents.

Meridian locator map
Location of Meridian on Idaho map.

Quick Facts about Meridian

Population : 114,161 (2019)
Country : United States of America
State : Idaho (United States)
County : Ada County
Phone Area Codes : 208
Area : 77.15 km2
Altitude : 2,605 feet / 794 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1893 (131 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Boise
Local time : 00:31:47 (13th April 2024)
Postal code : 83642
Density : 1,480 Pop. per km² as of 2019
Population growth : 34.22% (2010-2019)
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Meridian-idaho-welcome-sign image


Meridian is located at 43°36'44"N 116°23'29"W (43.6121100, -116.3915100).

Meridian map


The population of Meridian increased by 34.22% in 9 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 75,092 - census
2011 79,723 5.81% estimation process
2012 82,125 2.92% estimation process
2013 85,086 3.48% estimation process
2014 89,174 4.58% estimation process
2015 92,144 3.22% estimation process
2016 96,227 4.24% estimation process
2017 100,539 4.29% estimation process
2018 106,464 5.57% estimation process
2019 114,161 6.74% estimation process

Meridian zip code is 83642. County name: Ada, County fips: 16001

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People born in Meridian (11)

People born in Meridian, including movie actress Raquel Devine, politician Ron Packard, baseball player Vern Law, .


  • EVA (character in Metal Gear) she was born in 15/05/1936
  • Bill Gore (American businessman and entrepreneur) he was born in 25/01/1912
  • Brock Forsey (Player of American football) he was born in 11/02/1980
  • Kyle Brotzman (American football player) he was born in 03/10/1986
  • Randy Tolsma (American racing driver) he was born in 04/05/1966
  • Tyler Shoemaker (American football player) he was born in 14/09/1988
  • Kiera Winters (actor) she was born in 01/01/1992
  • Louise Myrth Ireland Frey (American physician, entomologist and writer) she was born in 12/11/1912

Schools in Meridian

College & universities near Meridian, ID

Code Name City ZIP
461652 Aveda Institute-Boise Boise (ID) 83704-4406
460525 Milan Institute-Boise Boise (ID) 83709
476850 Boise Barber College Boise (ID) 83709
460899 Stevens-Henager College Boise (ID) 83709-6733
455114 College of Western Idaho Nampa (ID) 83687

Stations (4)

Amtrak & bus stations near Meridian, ID

Code Name Address Type
NAM Nampa, Idaho 3116 Garrity Blvd BUS
BOI Boise, Idaho 1212 West Bannock St. BUS
ONT Ontario 653 East Idaho Avenue BUS
VAE Vale, Oregon 151 Smith Street North BUS

Post offices near Meridian

Post Office Name City ZIP
Meridian Post Office Meridian (ID) 83642
Five Mil Post Office Boise (ID) 83709
Cole Villag Post Office Boise (ID) 83704
Eagl Post Office Eagle (ID) 83616
Garden City Post Office Garden City (ID) 83714

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  • Meridian , Texas city in Texas, USA with a population of 1,502 people.
  • Meridian , New York city in Cayuga County, New York, United States of America with a population of 285 people.
  • Meridian , Oklahoma town in Logan County, Oklahoma, United States of America with a population of 45 people.

Other cities in Ada County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Ada County , ID.

City Name Population Title
Boise 228,959 The capital of Idaho.
Eagle 29,796 City in Ada County, Idaho, United States
Kuna 22,257 City in Ada County, Idaho, United States
Garden City 11,969 City in Ada County, Idaho, United States
Star 10,532 City in Ada County, Idaho, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Meridian distances to largest Idaho cities