City of Meridian, MS
Meridian is known as The Strategic Center of the South. Due to its location, major industries such as military, which includes Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field, manufacturing, and health care thrive here. The city is also the first in the state with a Designated Entertainment District. Other popular attractions include nine historic districts, MSU's Riley Theater, Meridian Little Theater and the Dentzel Carousel, which dates from 1896.For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Meridian has a Walk Score® of 27.
Median Household Income$31,002
Median Home Price$84,400
East Mississippi's culture is all inclusive with theater, art, music and fun – all intertwined with the historic districts in the area. Performing Arts MSU Riley Center is the perfect place for any theater enthusiast. Since opening in 2006, the center attracts approximately 60,000 visitors a year. At the heart of it all, the second floor 1889 grand opera house seats 950 attendees. The center also has a 200-seat studio theater and 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
The enviable synergy between Meridian’s rich past and its promising future is creating a vibrant present. “There’s excitement here in Meridian,” says Karen Rooney, Meridian Main Street executive director. “People realize something is happening here.” Looking Back
For patrons of and participants in the performing arts, Meridian offers a treasure trove of venues, shows and acting opportunities, with a long tradition of arts appreciation.
Great food, inviting atmospheres and unique local flavors can be found in the restaurants and markets of Meridian and East Mississippi. Local Favorites
Since 1870, Weidmann's Restaurant in downtown Meridian has shared its signature dishes with local diners and visitors. After almost 150 years, the landmark restaurant continues to serve much of the same fare enjoyed by generations of Meridian families.
Ladies and gentlemen: Goodhope Goulash. No, that's not one of the menu items featured at Squealer's Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Que, but one of several local bands that have played on stage before large Thursday night crowds at the Meridian restaurant located on Great River Drive.
East Mississippi is beautiful on the outside, especially with regard to outdoor recreation activities. Here are examples: Great Parks
Now playing, since 1992: The State Games of Mississippi, headquartered in Meridian. The East Mississippi city began hosting the annual statewide sporting event 22 years ago, and current-day organizers wanted the 2013 Games to be the most successful ever. As a result, more than 40 sports competitions are now held annually throughout the entire month of June, with nearly 30 of the events staged in Meridian and Lauderdale County.
The people of Meridian are accustomed to tapping toes, clapping hands and music in the air all year long, thanks to many outdoor music festivals, downtown concerts and bands playing nearly every night at several other venues. These all reflect Meridian's deep musical roots. They still celebrate local legends such as Jimmie Rodgers,"The Father of Country Music," and proudly claim markers for the Mississippi Blues Trail and Country Music Trail.
Meridian, MS has a variety of shopping destinations to choose from. Below is a listing of some of the stores available here. Book Dealers Bible Bookstore, 820 23rd Ave. 39301 (601) 693-5966 Book Exchange, 2113 Front St. 39301 (601) 693-2406