Cost of living: 14.1% below national average
City population: 37,848
Median household income: $32,422
Median home value: $83,300
Unemployment rate: 6.7%
Meridian was revived from 1890 to 1930 from the ashes of the Civil War. With nine registered historic districts, including the Highland Park Dentzel Carousel, it is also known for being the home of many talented people, among whom Jimmie Rodgers, known as the “Father of Country Music.”
The young generation might not have so many career opportunities as the Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field are two of the largest employers in the town. But for the senior population, it is a great place to be spending retirement years as the cost of living is 14.1% below the U.S. average. What really differentiates Meridian from other affordable small towns is its extremely low housing expenses, which are a third lower than what the rest of America pays.
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