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Meridian among fastest-growing cities in the nation

A report by the US Census Bureau shows Idaho's second-largest city is also the state's fastest-growing.
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Signs in downtown Meridian.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The population of the Treasure Valley continues to grow at a breakneck pace, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the city of Meridian.

A new report from the US Census Bureau shows that Meridian is among the fastest-growing cities in the nation with a population of 50,000 or more. According to the report, Meridian's population increased by 6.1 percent in 2018, and is tied with Frisco, Texas, as the fourth fastest-growing city.

The city's population was estimated at 106,804 in 2018, making it the second-largest city in the state behind Boise (228,790).

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With an increase of 8.5 percent, Buckeye, Arizona is the fastest-growing city in the US. The Census Bureau said in its report that the cities seeing the most growth are primarily in the southern and western U.S.

The report also noted that Idaho was ranked second in the nation - behind Utah - when it comes to housing unit growth. The number of homes in the state increased by 1.9 percent between 2017 and 2018. 

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