In 1941 Meridian's status changed from a village to a city and now today it's considered the best place to live in the entire nation!

City of Meridian  (date not listed - maybe 1940's?)

Could this new report that's just been released bring another population boom to the Treasure Valley?

I didn't used to give much credence to the "best of" city rankers until I witnessed the ripple affects from all the reports over the last several years that had Boise at or near the top of these kinds of lists.   Home sales and values shot up, new businesses moved in and the Treasure Valley was in the spotlight for more than just Boise State's football team.

The ranker from Wall Street 24/7 examined 550 cities with populations of 65,000 or more.   Meridian currently has a population growth rate that is 4x times that of the national average.   It will be interesting to see how this new study will enhance that growth as people seek out Meridian for its low crime rate, good paying jobs, affordable homes and great access to schools, restaurants and attractions.

I am not a native Idahoan, but in chatting with several people on the air this morning that were born and raised here we decided that if you can "remember when" you used to drive on Eagle Road when it was just 2 lanes you can consider yourself a "pseudo native."

Do you remember when Meridian was just a sleepy little farm town?

(Read the full Wall Street 24/7 report.)

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