What you need to know about Meridian, MS

Meridian, a.k.a. "The Strategic Center of the South," is home to economic clusters such as the military, which includes Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field, manufacturing and health care. The city is also the first in Mississippi with a Designated Entertainment District, a natural continuation of its rich music heritage, which includes the legacy of native son Jimmie Rodgers, "The Father of Country Music." Other popular attractions include nine historic districts, MSU's Riley Theater, Meridian Little Theater and the Dentzel Carousel, which dates from 1896.

Best Places to Eat in Meridian, MS
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Meridian, MS Top Employers
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Live Music Venues in Meridian, MS
The live music scene in Meridian, MS features the Meridian Underground Music Exchange and the Sucarnochee Review.

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Population

40,809
Up by 2.85%
Meridian MS Companies Strive for Better Sustainability
Algix, Kemper Project strive for better sustainability
Month by Month Calendar of Meridian Festivals
Meridian hosts festivals and events all year long

Nearby Cities

A boy walks out of the Causeyville General Store, an old southern store in Meridian, MS.
Initiative Inspires Proclamations of Community Pride
Local residents love where they live -- and are happy to tell you why
A woman jogs past Bonita Lake in Meridian in the early morning.
Health Care in Meridian, MS
Residents have a wealth of health-care options

Median Home Price

$85,300
Lower than the state average

Housing

Homes Owned 51.62%
51.62% Complete
Homes Rented 48.38%
48.38% Complete

Real Estate

In Meridian, Mississippi


Ready to move to Meridian? There are a variety of housing options in the area. Click below to learn about the recent trends, average home values and even a few current real estate listings in Meridian.
Northeast Park in Meridian, MS
Outdoor Recreation in Meridian, MS
It’s easy to find fun and healthy outdoor options
The Balcony Bar at Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian, MS
Local Markets and Food in Meridian, MS
Longtime eateries are hungry to please customers
Downtown Meridian, MS.
Businesses in Meridian, MS
Meridian, Miss., the “Strategic Center of the South,” is a regional draw for jobs, retail, culture and health care.
It's staggering the quality entertainment the [MSU Riley Center] has brought to Meridian. We are fortunate to experience this here without having to travel to larger markets. Instead, we benefit from tourists coming to us.

Wink Glover, longtime Meridianite

Schools

In Meridian, Mississippi


The quality of a school district is often a top factor for parents considering where to live. Strong school systems attract new residents and help their cities prosper. See how Meridian rates.

Median Household Income

$29,531
Lower than the national average

Business

In Meridian, Mississippi


Being a great place to live and being a great place to work often go hand-in-hand. Here’s what the business and employment climate is like in Meridian.
Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, MS
The Healthcare Industry in Meridian, MS
Hospitals and clinics in Meridian, MS have created a thriving healthcare industry.
Three people pick lettuce leaves from a raised bed garden in Meridian, MS
Meridian's Community Gardening Initiative Takes Off
The success of a community garden has put Meridian on the path to healthy, sustainable food production.

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old
Meridian, MS Symphony Orchestra
Arts & Culture in Meridian
Meridian, Mississippi's culture is all inclusive with theater, art, music and fun.
MSU Riley Center in Meridian, Mississippi
Meridian Honors History, Focuses on Future
New efforts to commemorate Meridian’s Civil War and Civil Rights history jibe with downtown Meridian’s redevelopment and growing economic vitality.
Angel Court Jewelry in Meridian, MS
Learn more about Angel Court Jewelry in Meridian, MS.
Diners sit around tables on the balcony at Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian, MS.
Dine at Weidmann's in Meridian, MS
Discover what makes Weidmann's Restaurant one of the best restaurants in Meridian, MS.

Health

In Meridian, Mississippi


Access to quality hospitals, doctors and health-care providers is just part of what makes a healthy community. Here’s how to get and stay healthy in Meridian.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 22%
22% Complete
Graduated High School 84%
84% Complete
The Holiday Inn in Meridian, MS
Entrepreneurs in Meridian, MS
Learn how Meridian, MS's business climate has helped entrepreneurs grow their ventures.
Ross Collins Career and Technical Center in Meridian, MS
Ross Collins CTC in Meridian, MS
See how the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center continues its tradition as a training ground for students throughout the Meridian area.

More About Meridian, MS

Meridian MS Companies Strive for Better Sustainability
Algix, Kemper Project strive for better sustainability
Month by Month Calendar of Meridian Festivals
Meridian hosts festivals and events all year long
Initiative Inspires Proclamations of Community Pride
Local residents love where they live -- and are happy to tell you why
Health Care in Meridian, MS
Residents have a wealth of health-care options
Outdoor Recreation in Meridian, MS
It’s easy to find fun and healthy outdoor options
Local Markets and Food in Meridian, MS
Longtime eateries are hungry to please customers
Businesses in Meridian, MS
Meridian, Miss., the “Strategic Center of the South,” is a regional draw for jobs, retail, culture and health care.
The Healthcare Industry in Meridian, MS
Hospitals and clinics in Meridian, MS have created a thriving healthcare industry.
Meridian's Community Gardening Initiative Takes Off
The success of a community garden has put Meridian on the path to healthy, sustainable food production.
Arts & Culture in Meridian
Meridian, Mississippi's culture is all inclusive with theater, art, music and fun.
Meridian Honors History, Focuses on Future
New efforts to commemorate Meridian’s Civil War and Civil Rights history jibe with downtown Meridian’s redevelopment and growing economic vitality.
Angel Court Jewelry in Meridian, MS
Learn more about Angel Court Jewelry in Meridian, MS.
Dine at Weidmann's in Meridian, MS
Discover what makes Weidmann's Restaurant one of the best restaurants in Meridian, MS.
Entrepreneurs in Meridian, MS
Learn how Meridian, MS's business climate has helped entrepreneurs grow their ventures.
Ross Collins CTC in Meridian, MS
See how the Ross Collins Career and Technical Center continues its tradition as a training ground for students throughout the Meridian area.
Meridian Hosts Annual State Games
The city has hosted the State Games of Mississippi since 1992.
Performing Arts in Meridian, MS
Meridian is a haven for community actors, directors and patrons of the performing arts.
Live Music at Squealer's in Meridian, MS
Squealer's in Meridian, MS has good barbecue dishes and features live music every Thursday night.
Live Music in Meridian, MS
Meridian's music scene is vibrant with a number of venues and festivals.
Colleges in Meridian, MS
Meridian, MS has many college and higher education options for area students.
Healthcare Services in Meridian, MS
Staying healthy in Meridian, MS is easy with many healthcare options in the area.
Meridian, MS Festivals Fund Local Causes
59Twenty is one of several annual festivals that occur in Meridian and Lauderdale County to raise money for good causes.
Historic Downtown Neighborhoods in Meridian, MS
Learn about Meridian's nine historic districts which encompass beautiful residential areas as well as a thriving downtown.
Successful Businesses in Meridian, MS
Meridian, MS's central location, skilled workforce and excellent quality of life put local businesses on the fast track to success.