Merri-bek is located in the inner north of Melbourne, five kms from the central business district. It is culturally diverse, with a third of residents born overseas, mostly in non-English speaking countries.
The city is a mix of residential and industrial areas, with a major retailing strip along Sydney Road. Other features include the Fawkner Crematorium and the former Pentridge Prison.
The main industries include electrical equipment and appliance manufacturing, photographic and scientific equipment manufacturing, clothing manufacturing, retailing and health and community services.