Meriden is an industrial city located in central Connecticut about 18 miles (29 km) south of Hartford. One of its chief products has for many years been silverware. European settlement began in 1661. It was incorporated as a town in 1806 and as a city in 1867.
Meriden's tall buildings do not group into a coherent skyline. The modestly scaled downtown lies on low ground near the railroad. High-rise housing developments are located to the south, southeast, and northeast. Church spires and the City Hall are located on high ground to the east.