Cost of Living
Cost of living is a motivating factor in selecting what community fits best. The rent burden for Meridian is about 19.9% of the average monthly income. The median monthly price for rent in Meridian is $1,208 and the median home value for Meridian is $222,633. Meridian has a sales tax of 6.00%.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
Climate and weather is a big factor in choosing which destination meets the needs of you or your loved one. The average humidity rating for Meridian is approximately 21%. Humidity ratings reach their peak in the month of December at roughly 26%. The average air quality index rating in Meridian is approximately 44.0. The average AQI conditions are rated as good. This means that there is no health advisory associated with the air quality for this destination. The air quality index rating is at its peak in the month of August at around 73.2. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. During the summer months, the average temperature in Meridian is approximately 75F. The low summer temperature drops to about 53F during the month of June. The summer high temperature is at around 97F during the month of July. In the winter months, the average temperature dips to approximately 33F. The peak winter temperature gets to roughly 48F in the month of February. The lowest winter temperature will rise to about 23 F in the month of January. Monthly, Meridian measures approximately 1 inches of precipitation. The most rain normally happens in December with an average of 2 inches during the month. For snowfall, Meridian gets on average 10.30 inches of snow in a year. Meridian has a cold semi-arid type of climate.
Demographics and Values
Out of the total city population, 49.0% are male and 51.0% are female. In Meridian, 21.1% of the population are over the age of 55, 9.0% are over the age of 60, 5.4% are over the age of 70, and 2.5% are over the age of 80. The median age of Meridian is 36 years old. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Meridian 16.3% worship the Church of Jesus Christ, 10.5% practice another Christian faith, and 7.0% practice Catholicism. In Meridian, 55.7% are nonbelievers. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Meridian, out of the total population 0.2% practice Judaism, 0.8% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.2% practice Islam. In Meridian, 8.0% of the citizens are veterans of the United States military. Meridian is considered unfriendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In the previous presidential election, 13.4% voted for a third party candidate, 47.9% voted Republican, and 38.7% voted Democrat in Ada county. In Meridian, 9.2% do not have health insurance, 4.7% are widowed, 9.8% live in poverty, and 65.8% participate in the labor force. Racially, the population of Meridian is 1.8% mixed race, 1.1% other or not specified, 0.2% Native American, 6.6% Hispanic, 0.8% black, 93.6% white, 2.3% Asian, and 0.2% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian. In terms of crime, Meridian has 1.5 violent crimes per 1000 residents and 14.9 property crimes per 1000 residents. In terms of education, 9.7% have a graduate degree, 24.7% have a high-school diploma, and 33.8% have a college degree. The current population of Meridian consists of 99,926 people. The current population of Meridian is growing at a rate of 0.061%. Meridian has a population density of 1,148 people per square mile.
An overview of Idaho
There are 46 general hospitals and 77 health centers that provide care for 1,790,237 Idaho residents. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be St Luke's Magic Valley Ram, St Luke's Regional Medical Center, and Mountain View Hospital. In terms of resources, Idaho has a cost of living index of 94.2, a grocery index rating of 92.2, and a housing index rating of 87.1. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. In terms of personal well-being, Idaho ranks 26th in healthcare and 16th in quality of life compared to other states. Residents of Idaho enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 15th in the United States.
Social demographics of the state
Thirty-five percent of Idaho residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state's 2,427 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-21%, Mainline Protestant-16%, and Historically Black Protestant-1%. In Idaho there are 55 masonic lodges. The state has a median age of 37 and 28% of its population being over the age of 55. In terms of diversity, Idaho ranks 34th in the nation. In the most recent presidential election, 59% of Idaho residents voted Republican and 27% voted Democrat.
State-wide weather information
The average air quality index rating in Idaho is 32.5 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of August with a rating of around 67.0 AQI. Idaho experiences an average humidity rating of about 62%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 77% in the month of December. The most precipitation occurs in November with an average of 6.10 inches of precipitation a month. On average, the state receives 1.42 inches of precipitation a month. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 65F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 97F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 31F during the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 26F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 49F during the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around -2F in the month of December. While residents of Idaho mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Idaho can include floods, earthquakes, and and tornadoes (moderate).
Wildlife to be found in Idaho
The state of Idaho has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of Douglas maple, Boise sand-verbena, fragrant white sand-verbena, and dwarf sand verbena. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the American shad, the ringtail, the goose, or the white sturgeon. The state animal of Idaho is the appaloosa horse.