August 21, 2012

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Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

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Meridian Named to CNN Money’s “Best Places to Live” List


Meridian, ID – (August 21, 2012) – CNN Money has named Meridian, Idaho, to its 2012 list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S, among small cities.  This is the 3rd time the City of Meridian has received this recognition since 2005 and Meridian is the only city in Idaho to make the 2012 list.


Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd says, “Considering how many towns and cities there are in the U.S., it’s an incredible honor to be recognized as one of the very best. This is not just about recognition, but the validation that our community members – our businesses, educators, families, faith leaders, non-profits and others – working together, are doing the right things for our citizens and for future generations.”


The publication annually ranks the 100 Top Places to Live in the United States, among cities with a population of 50,000 to 300,000. It bases its rankings on criteria such as median household income, job growth, housing prices, test scores, crime rates, and other factors contributing to quality of life.


In its report, Money/CNN editors lauded Meridian for its ability to weather the nation’s recent economic downtown, citing the diversity of its businesses as a factor in its success. It also cites The CORE, Meridian’s heath and technology business enterprise corridor; the many major local employers who choose to have their headquarters in Meridian; and the relatively easy commute drivers have to and from their places of employment.  


The complete list can be viewed online at:


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and has been selected by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit