Other cities in the 601 area code include: Clinton, Redwood, Vicksburg, Brandon, Laurel, Natchez, Canton, McComb, Brookhaven, Carriere, Picayune, Flowood, Philadelphia, Columbia, Forest, Waynesboro, Crystal Springs, Carthage, Ellisville, Wiggins, Magee, Florence, Hazlehurst, Morton, Newton, Lucedale, Poplarville, Mendenhall, Collins, Purvis, Decatur, Flora, Magnolia, Quitman, Raymond, Union, Collinsville, Sumrall, Tylertown, Bay Springs, Port Gibson, Marion, Pelahatchie, Raleigh, Taylorsville, Fayette, Terry, Prentiss, Monticello, Stonewall, De Kalb, Gloster, Woodville, Richton, Mount Olive, Leakesville, Beaumont, Toomsuba, Edwards, Lauderdale, Liberty, Utica, Heidelberg, New Augusta, Walnut Grove, Buckatunna, Hickory, Enterprise, Roxie, Newhebron, Lake, Bogue Chitto, Seminary, Soso, Meadville, Bolton, Mc Lain, Osyka, Louin, Shubuta, Bassfield, Georgetown, Mize, Lena, Silver Creek, Bailey, Centreville, Crosby, Hermanville, Little Rock, Lorman, Lumberton, Moselle, Neely, Preston, Pulaski, Rose Hill, Smithdale, State Line, Union Church, and Wesson.
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. state of Mississippi. It is the primary seat of Hinds County, equally sharing its county power with the Town of Raymond. The City of Jackson also owns more than 3,000 acres, which is the home of the Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport located in both Madison and Rankin Counties. Jackson is on the Pearl River, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico, and it is part of the Jackson Prairie region of the state. The city is named after General Andrew Jackson, who was honored for his role in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 and later served as U.S. President.The current slogan for the city is "The City with Soul." It has had numerous musicians prominent in blues, gospel, folk, and jazz, and was even mentioned in Mark Ronson's 2014 hit song " Uptown Funk ", featuring Bruno Mars. The city is the anchor for the metropolitan statistical area (MSA). While its population declined from 184,256 at the 2000 census to 173,514 at the 2010 census, the metropolitan region grew. The 2010 census ascribed a population of 539,057 to the five-county Jackson metropolitan area.
Hattiesburg is a city in the U.S. state of Mississippi, primarily in Forrest County (where it is the county seat) and extending west into Lamar County. The city population was 45,989 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 46,805 in 2015. It is the principal city of the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties.Founded in 1882 by civil engineer William H. Hardy, Hattiesburg was named in honor of Hardy's wife Hattie. The town was incorporated two years later with a population of 400. Hattiesburg's population first expanded as a center of the lumber and railroad industries, from which was derived the nickname "The Hub City". It now attracts newcomers to the area because of the diversity of the economy, strong neighborhoods and the central location in South Mississippi.Hattiesburg is home to The University of Southern Mississippi (originally known as Mississippi Normal College) and William Carey University (formerly William Carey College). South of Hattiesburg is Camp Shelby, the largest National Guard training base east of the Mississippi River.
Meridian is the sixth largest city in the state of Mississippi, United States. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. Along major highways, the city is 93 mi (150 km) east of Jackson, Mississippi ; 154 mi (248 km) west of Birmingham, Alabama ; 202 mi (325 km) northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana ; and 231 mi (372 km) southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.Established in 1860, at the intersection of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and Southern Railway of Mississippi, Meridian's economy was built on the railways and goods transported on them, and it became a strategic trading center. During the American Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman burned much of the city to the ground in the Battle of Meridian (February 1864).Rebuilt after the war, the city entered a "Golden Age", as it become the largest city in Mississippi between 1890 and 1930, and a leading center for manufacturing in the South, with 44 trains arriving and departing daily. Union Station, built in 1906, is now a multi-modal center, giving access to the Meridian Transit System, Greyhound Buses, and Trailways, averaging 242,360 passengers per year. Although the economy slowed with the decline of the railroad industry, the city has diversified, with healthcare, military, and manufacturing employing the most people in 2010. The population within the city limits, according to 2008 census estimates, is 38,232, but a population of 232,900 in a 45-mile (72 km) radius and 526,500 in a 65-mile (105 km) radius, of which 104,600 and 234,200 people respectively are in the labor force, feed the economy of the city.The area is served by two military facilities, Naval Air Station Meridian and Key Field, which provide over 4,000 jobs. NAS Meridian is home to the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy (RCTA) and the first local Department of Homeland Security in the state. Key Field is named after brothers Fred and Al Key, who set a world endurance flight record in 1935. The field is now home to the 186th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard and a support facility for the 185th Aviation Brigade of the Army National Guard. Rush Foundation Hospital is the largest non-military employer in the region, employing 2,610 people.Among the city's many arts organizations and historic buildings are the Riley Center, the Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian Little Theatre, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Meridian was home to two Carnegie libraries, one for whites and one for African Americans. The Carnegie Branch Library, now demolished, was one of a number of Carnegie libraries built for blacks in the Southern United States during the segregation era.The city has been selected as the future location of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center (MAEC). Jimmie Rodgers, the "Father of Country Music", was born in Meridian. Highland Park houses a museum which displays memorabilia of his life and career, as well as railroad equipment from the steam-engine era. The park is also home to the Highland Park Dentzel Carousel, a National Historic Landmark. It is the world's only two-row stationary Dentzel menagerie in existence. Other notable natives include Miss America 1986 Susan Akin, James Chaney – an activist who was killed in the Mississippi civil rights workers murders in 1964, and Hartley Peavey, founder of Peavey Electronics headquartered in Meridian. The federal courthouse was the site of the 1966–1967 trial of suspects in the murder of Chaney and two other activists; it was the first time an all-white jury convicted a white official of a civil rights killing.
The 601 area code lies within the Central Daylight Time Zone (or CDT). The current time in Central Daylight Time is 3:07 PM on Apr 20, 2021.