False alarm: Nampa still bigger, for now; Meridian No. 3

May 22, 2014 

Apartments are going up at a former DBSI property at the corner of Locust Grove Road and East Wrightwood Drive in Meridian.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Nampa holds on Meridian was No. 10 on a list of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, but that momentum was not enough to make it Idaho's second-largest city. Census numbers released Thursday show Meridian's population grew 4 percent to 83,596; Nampa's grew 3.1 percent to 86,518. Boise, still No. 1, grew 0.9 percent to 214,237. Last month it was reported that Meridian would be No. 2.

Head count Meridian added 3,187 people, Nampa grew by 2,597, and Boise increased by 2,000.

COMPASS says otherwise The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho in March released its own population estimates, pegging Meridian at 85,240 and Nampa at 84,840. When its comes to statewide and national number-crunching, the Census is the go-to agency.

10 fastest-growing U.S. cities of 50,000 or more San Marcos, Texas; Frisco, Texas; South Jordan, Utah; Cedar Park, Texas; Lehi, Utah; Goodyear, Ariz.; Georgetown, Texas; Gaithersburg, Md.; Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Meridian.

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