Meridian Idaho barely boasted 30,000 population when I arrived on September 1, 2000.
There were working farms everywhere within a mile of downtown Meridian, and the old creamery building with its magnificent, towering smokestack presided over downtown alongside the old grain elevator next to the railroad tracks.
Meridian, Idaho is now ranked as the 10th fastest-growing city in the U.S.
Meridian’s population now exceeds 75,000, the old creamery has been replaced by the new Meridian City Hall, and it’s apparent that Meridian is undergoing tremendous planned growth.
Meridian is home to new shopping centers, numerous thriving master-planned communities, and several new city parks ~ thanks to its quality of life and a healthy local economy.
The new Ten Mile Road interchange with I-84 opened recently and the new Meridian Road interchange is currently under construction.
Although home prices have risen substantially in recent years, homes in Meridian are a bargain compared to other similar communities around the country.
You can still find a nice, smaller home for less than $200,000.
Larger homes in beautiful planned communities with lushly-landscaped common areas are available for $300,000 and up.
Millions of square feet of new retail space are opening, planned, or under construction throughout Meridian.
The new Village at Meridian lifestyle mall opened last year and includes a theater complex, numerous restaurants, retail space, and office space.
Check out the Meridian Chamber of Commerce website for more information about Meridian.