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Meridian among nation’s fastest growing cities

The US Census Bureau put out its latest population estimates for city’s large and small today. It might not surprise you to hear Meridian near the top of the list.

Idaho’s second-largest city added 6.1% more people from the prior year, according to the 2018 estimate. That nets it the fifth fastest-growing ranking according to Census data. Only Buckeye, Arizona, New Braunfels, Texas, Apex, North Carolina and Frisco, Texas grew at a faster clip among cities with more than 50,000 residents.

That brings the total number of residents to 106,804 – the first time the city topped the 100,000 mark in Census estimates.

[New Census report shows Boise area remains one of nation’s fastest-growing]

Statewide, Idaho added a higher percentage of new housing units than only one other state (Utah). The Census number crunchers said the number of homes, condos and apartments grew by 1.9% from the prior year. The national average stands at 0.8%.

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A look at 2017 Census numbers gives a look at the breakdown of just who lives in Meridian.

The population gender is balanced – half men and half women. The average age of a Meridian resident is 35.8 – slightly younger than the average for the rest of the Boise metro area, which stands at 36.4.

The single largest age category is 10-19 year-olds, with 17% of the population. The residents of Meridian are overwhelmingly white, with 89% identified in this category. Hispanics are about 7% of the overall residents.

The median household income is $64,273 – about 20% higher than the rest of the Boise metro area average.

Not surprisingly, 36% of residents are new to the area since 2015. Just 8% of Meridian residents lived in town prior to 1980.

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