About Meridian Idaho History
Meridian is a city in Ada County, Idaho. The population was 55,548 at the 2010 census, up from 19,028 in 1990. Meridian is Boise’s largest and northernmost suburb.
Meridian was founded on March 28th 1985, by Ada County Commissioners adopting Council Ordinance Number 85-6 designating the area as the Meridian Plan District and creating the Meridian Plan Review Board. The City of Meridian officially came into existence on January 17th 1986, when Ada County Commissioners declared that Chapter 11 of Ada County Code (1979 Reply.), Article 8, entitled “Meridian Plan District,” be adopted in its entirety as a part of Title 11 of Ada County Code (1979 Repl.). The Meridian Plan District boundary was the existing Boise Meridian Road Right-of-Way (ROW) and an additional 1,000 feet to each ROW side.
The City has grown every year since its incorporation: in 1990, there were 19,028 people; 32,706 in 2000; and 55,548 at the 2010 census. The City was named after the intersection of its two main roads, Meridian Road and Cole Road.
As of the census of 2010, there were 55,548 people, 21,299 households, and 14,637 families residing in the City. The population density was 3132.8 inhabitants per square mile (1214.5/km²). There were 22,559 housing units at an average density of 1286.0 per square mile (489.5/km²). The City’s racial makeup was 91.1% White, 0.7% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.3% of the population.
There were 21,299 households, out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18, 59.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61, and the average family size was 3.13.
In the City, the population’s age distribution was as follows: 27.8% of the population was under 18 years old; 7.1% were between 18 and 24 years old; 32.3% were from 25 to 44, 26.7% were from 45 to 64, and 7.2% were 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there are 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males in the same age range.
The median income for a household in the City was $65,446, and the median income for a family was $74,011. Males had a median income of $53,779 versus $33,027 for females. The per capita income for the City was $27,586. About 3.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
Meridian is served by Meridian School District #81. Meridian High School serves grades nine through twelve and is the only high school in the City. There are also two middle schools, North Junior High with grades seven and eight, and South Junior High with grades six to eight. Elementary schools include Black Pine Circle (K-5), Eastside (K-5), Eagle Crest (K-5), Eagle Ridge (K-5), John Riggs (K-5), Lake Hills (K-5), Sawtooth Pointe (K-5), Trailside Pointe (K-5) and Westpark Elementary School, with grades K through five. The City also has four private schools: Meridian Academy of Advanced Math & Science, Meridian Academy, St. Dominic School and Westside Christian School. Meridian High is a member of the Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA).
The City houses six post-secondary institutions: Boise Bible College; ITT Technical Institute; The Art Institute of Seattle; DeVry University – Addison Campus; Remington College – Boise Campus; and Northwest Nazarene University (NNU).