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.

Digital Magazine

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.
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.

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

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.
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.