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Living in Meridian, Mississippi:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Meridian, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Meridian what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


5 comments on “Meridian”

The city of Meridian is insignificant to most people. Despite a few mentionable footnotes in its history, including being the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers and the host of the James Chaney murder trial, the Mississippi town would not be described as important. Meridian, while not a large city, has a varied selection of entertainment, eateries, and public spaces that create a lively atmosphere. MSU Riley Center is a performing arts theatre.

Alyssa, says: 2020

Before moving to Meridian, Mississippi, one should know the crime level is high. The city never seems to progress. It’s been getting worse as the years go by. The town is also extremely small.

Dalton, says: 2020

At Lake Okatibbee you can enjoy the beaches, wildlife, and public trails. Okatibbee rarely is vacant since parties are hosted there year-round by any number of communities like churches, school field trips, and family reunions. Meridian has a stellar community college. The teachers are passionate and caring, and the classwork is challenging but not strenuous. MCC hosts student-led plays that attract locals of all types. While they are small in production value, Meridian treats them like a local thrill with packed seats and even annual passes to all productions.

Michele, says: 2020

Before moving to Meridian, MS, one should consider the lack of qualified teachers employed by the city schools. I would strongly recommend to thoroughly research the local school districts before purchasing a house. While both the city schools and county schools have excellent academic opportunities, the county schools retain a higher rate of highly-qualified teachers.

Daniel, says: 2020

Anyone moving to Meridian should know the rent tends to be high, especially near the center of town. They should also be aware that the violent crime rate is higher than average for a city of this size. There is not much to do here for amusement, and the majority of employment in this town is based on service jobs and the hospitality industry.

Jennifer, says: 2020

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