Those of us who live here weren’t surprised to learn that Meridian Idaho was named the 13th Fastest-Growing City in the U.S. last week.
Once a small cow town, Meridian’s population increased 4.5% to 95,263 people last year.
In 1990, Meridian’s population was fewer than 10,000 people.
When I arrived here on September 1, 2000, Meridian’s population was around 30,000 people.
Over the past quarter century, no other Idaho city has grown like Meridian has.
Along with that amazing growth, Meridian has managed to retain its quality of life and continues to be included on Top 10 Lists from various national organizations.
Much of Meridian’s growth has occurred in the past 10 years with dozens of new residential developments in Northwest Meridian.
Cow pastures with old heritage barns are steadily being replaced with beautiful developments and two-lane roads are being widened to accommodate increasing traffic.
The rumor mill continues to speculate that Meridian will be home to a 3rd local Costco store near the intersection of Chinden Avenue and Linder Road.
Power lines have already been moved to facilitate widening of Chinden Avenue west toward Highway 16 in the future.
Most of Meridian’s future growth will occur in the western and southern areas of Meridian, where vacant land awaits future development.
Source: U.S. Census
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