Idaho has been making headlines a lot lately – in a good way. Whenever a new list is released for the best places to live, work, or play in the U.S., an Idaho city makes the list. Last week, USAToday.com released its list of America’s 50 best cities to live in, and not surprisingly, Meridian, Idaho made the #1 spot.
USAToday.com weighed many aspects when determining the best places to live, including the quality of schools, how healthy the local job market is, the safety of the community, the culture of the city, housing affordability and even the climate. Each city had to have populations over 65,000 or more to qualify and data was retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Interestingly, the most desirable cities on the list had an above-average population growth in the last decade. Meridian’s current population is 87,729. The average home value is $193,000 and the poverty rate is at a low rate of 10.9%. USAToday.com emphasized that the city of Meridian only reported 80 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. This is a very small percentage compared to the national average of 366 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans.
A big part of making the #1 spot for the best city to live in is access to amenities, restaurants and attractions. Meridian has kept up with its explosive growth and boasts amazing amenities, including its most recent major commercial development and destination location, the Village at Meridian. With over a million square feet, the Village’s state-of-the-art open-air entertainment concept has something for everyone. You can shop, dine, watch a movie at the Village Cinema, visit the med spa or day spa, or watch a sports game on a 55-foot big screen TV at Big Al’s while the kids bowl at one of the 42 high-tech lanes.
Located across from the Village to the east and sitting on 58 acres is Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park. This highly popular destination park features two fishing ponds, large grass fields, a massive playground, picnic areas and a community garden. Another fun Meridian park is Settlers Park, featuring a playground area and winter disc golf course.
Meridian Speedway is also a fun family destination you won’t want to miss. The racetrack offers races ranging from sprint cars, stock cars, and other fun specialty events. In the summertime, Roaring Springs Waterpark is a must-visit destination for everyone.
Dining options that will please any palette
Are you a foodie? Meridian offers hundreds of dining choices to please any palette. Check out a few of these local favorites:
Epi’s Basque Restaurant
Kahootz Steak & Alehouse
Matador in the Village (amazing breakfast buffet)
Rick’s Press Room Grill and Bar
San Francisco Sourdough Eatery
Lucky Fins Seafood
Slanted Rock Brewing Company
A city that appeals to everyone
We agree that Meridian, Idaho deserves the #1 spot on the best cities in America to live. The Treasure Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and play. With its four seasons, the climate appeals to every interest. There’s always something to experience and the culture here is full of art, life, excitement, and activities. If Idaho is in your future, make sure Meridian is on your list of cities to visit and enjoy.