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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B
Meridian is a town in Mississippi with a population of 38,602. Meridian is in Lauderdale County. Living in Meridian offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Meridian and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$83,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$703
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    224
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    42.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    136
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,066.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,568
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    304
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Meridian

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$32,807
National
$55,322
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Meridian Reviews

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As a single mother of 3, Meridian is an affordable place to live. The Clarkdale school has been amazing! It is not the safest city, but you learn when to be out and when to be home. You also learn what areas are considered “safe”. Jobs are extremely difficult to come by, even with degrees, licenses, and certifications.
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Meridian is one of the few cities in MS that is actually growing. There is a new Arts and Entertainment museum (the Max) with awesome exhibits and a children's museum is in the works. The downtown area is currently being revitalized with shops, restaurants, The Riley Center, Mississippi State University of Meridian's Business building, and, of course, the Max. My experience living in Meridian has been great.
Meridian has been an average town and has been known in the past as a “retirement” town. This has changed in the past ten years. There is more violence now than there was in the past. At night, it is seldom that one can come to town without being harassed at least once. Because of the interstate system running through town, there seems to be more drug abuse than in most cities. This has been recognized by many non-locals that travel with their jobs. Meridian has recently made efforts in the arts with The Max which has been labeled as an arts and entertainment center in down town. Meridian community college is a good 2-year college that offers free two year education for students that graduate within Lauderdale county. Although there is violence and some issues that make this city unsafe at times, there are opportunities for those who seek them out.