With a population of more than 64,000, Meridian is Idaho's third-largest city and is considered part of Boise's metropolitan area. First settled along 5 Mile Creek, the city opened its first school in 1885 and incorporated soon after in 1903. An important Idaho dairy center in the 1900s, Meridian is now built on the foundation of government, finance, business and technical fields.
Notable Meridian neighborhoods include:
Meridian was the dairy capital of Idaho for the majority of the 20th century, starting from when the first Meridian Creamery was opened in 1897. In the past two decades, Meridian has yielded many of its farms due to the influx of area residents, and the expanding population has helped the city to grow in areas of government and business. Meridian is the location of corporate headquarters for businesses such as United Heritage, Western Electronics, and Arnold Machinery. As part of the Boise metropolitan area, Meridian is also located near other major company headquarters such as Hewlett-Packard's printer division, Washington Group International, Boise Cascade and Micron Technology.
The city offers an array of activities for all age groups:
While the typical U.S. city gets approximately 25 inches of snow per year, Meridian gets about four. However, because of the significant difference in elevation between the valley floor and the mountains, this area is prime for skiing. The mountain ranges can expect upward of 100 inches per year. This makes Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area a popular place for outdoor recreational activities such as skiing, tubing and snowboarding. The area also offers numerous opportunities for kayaking and river rafting as well as golfing, hiking, fishing and hunting in its 10 parks that cover more than 78 acres.
There are several ways to get to Meridian, including:
Located in Meridian are campuses of the University of Phoenix and George Fox University. In 2009, the University of Idaho moved its Treasure Valley Health Professions campus to Meridian. This facility offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in various medical professions including nursing, pharmacy, clinical laboratory science, counseling and paramedic science. Within 20 miles of Meridian are several institutions of higher education, including Boise State University, Northwest Nazarene University and College of Idaho. The University of Idaho and Idaho State University also have satellite programs in the area.
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