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Meridian, MS: What you need to know

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.


Meridian, MS City Profile

Quick Facts

Population 40,507
Median Age 35
Median Household Income $30,355
Median Home Price $83,500

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Meridian, MS Demographics

Median Population in Meridian, MS

Median Age 34.8%
Age 18 Over 74.7%
Age 21 Over 70.3%
Age 62 Over 17.4%
Age 65 Over 13.6%

Race in Meridian, MS

  Ethnicity White 34.5%
  Ethnicity Black 61.7%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.3%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 1.8%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.2%
  Ethnicity Other 1%

Population By Gender in Meridian, MS

  Male 46.5%
  Female 53.5%

Language in Meridian, MS

  English Only 96.2%
  English Other 3.8%

Economics in Meridian, MS

  Median Household Income $30,355
  Median Home Price $83,500
  Homes Owned 48.7%
  Homes Rent 51.3%
  Median Property Rent $670

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

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Commute Types in Meridian, MS

  Walked 1.1%
  Worked at Home 0.9%
  Public Transportation 0.2%
  Other Means 2.8%
  Drove Alone 83.7%
  Carpooled 11.3%

Total Employed Armed Forces: 70
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