The city’s amenities are conveniently located within walking distance, including Meridian’s theatre, restaurants and shopping centres. It has hosted over 50 events at the Idaho Center Amphitheater. The city itself is very pedestrian-friendly – it was even given two “walkability” awards in 2007 by the US EPA!

Meridian’s Farmer’s Market is a seasonal attraction and offers fresh local produce, crafts and entertainment.

Meridian Idaho Place To Be

The Nez Perce tribe originally inhabited the City of Meridian due to its location along the Boise River; they called it “Schitsu’umsh,” meaning “Sandy River.” The city itself derives its name from the nearby Fort Boise.

In 2010, Money magazine named Meridian “The Most Desirable Place to Live in America,” and is a great place for families, retirees and professionals alike. It has a low crime rate and a very healthy economy. A small town with big-city amenities, Meridian is one of America’s most sought-after places to live.

Meridian has also named the #1 best place to raise kids by Money Magazine in 2010, attributed to its low crime rate, highly-ranked public school system and affordable housing prices.

Tourist Spot

A great place to live with access to all of Idaho’s amenities, Meridian is also an excellent choice for tourists. The city hosts over 40 events a year at the venue, including concerts with some of today’s top artists. Reader’s Digest has been named the “Best Place in America To See Wildlife” for its abundance of ducks, deer, owls, and other exotic wildlife. Additionally, the city has been ranked as one of the top cities in America for families by several publications, including Parenting Magazine, Family Circle and Money magazine.

Meridian is a popular destination for tourists due to its central location in Idaho – it’s only 20 miles from Boise, and I-84 makes it a short drive from Portland and Salt Lake City. This makes it the perfect place to stay when exploring Idaho’s great attractions – whether you’re interested in outdoor recreation, popular amusement parks or historic sites.