Once a sleepy farm and dairy town, in the past 25 years Meridian has become a magnet for people who want the amenities of the city but enough space to move freely. Meridian’s main thoroughfare, Eagle Road, is lined with familiar chains, a new shopping mall, a hospital, and hundreds of other businesses. Downtown Meridian offers a quiet change of pace with local eateries and mom-and-pop stores.

 

Meridian is well known as a great place to raise kids, as evidenced by its high number of soccer fields and new schools. In fact, Meridian is home to the largest school district in the state. Houses here are spacious and family-friendly, with a lot of new construction and commuter-friendly subdivisions.

 

The city still holds on to its agricultural roots with Dairy Days, an annual festival that has been celebrated since 1929, but the city is rapidly changing: It has been the fastest-growing city in Idaho since 1994, and it shows no signs of letting up. Its central location makes it convenient to thoroughfares like I-84 and Idaho 55, offering quick access to the Foothills and mountain getaways like McCall.

 

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