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Population (year 2000): 39,968. Estimated population in July 2005: 38,605 (-3.4% change)
Males: 18,250 (45.7%), Females: 21,718 (54.3%)

Zip codes:

Median resident age: 34.6 years
Median household income: $25,085 (year 2000)
Median house value: $59,600 (year 2000)

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Races in Meridian:

  • Black (54.4%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (43.5%)
  • Hispanic (1.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)

Ancestries: United States (7.2%), English (5.3%), Irish (4.5%), German (3.1%), Scotch-Irish (2.1%), Subsaharan African (1.3%).Mississippi

Elevation: 340 feet

Land area: 45.1 square miles

Meridian,

For population 25 years and over in Meridian

  • High school or higher: 72.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.2%
  • Unemployed: 9.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Meridian city

  • Never married: 30.5%
  • Now married: 42.2%
  • Separated: 4.0%
  • Widowed: 11.2%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

0.7% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -2,025 (-4.8%).


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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: AL Tuscaloosa, (98.8 miles pop. 77,906).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: AL Birmingham, (152.4 miles pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: TX Houston, (493.2 miles pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: MS (5.1 miles Marion, MS (5.2 miles Nellieburg, MS (12.4 miles Collinsville, Station, MS (13.2 miles Meridian MS (15.8 miles Chunky, MS (16.1 miles Enterprise, MS Stonewall, (17.7 miles MS (22.3 miles Hickory,
Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1996: 28 buildings, average cost: $78,000
  • 1997: 38 buildings, average cost: $96,900
  • 1998: 24 buildings, average cost: $108,400
  • 1999: 57 buildings, average cost: $89,700
  • 2000: 43 buildings, average cost: $87,100
  • 2001: 32 buildings, average cost: $129,000
  • 2002: 54 buildings, average cost: $102,400
  • 2003: 33 buildings, average cost: $158,500
  • 2004: 41 buildings, average cost: $156,500
  • 2005: 78 buildings, average cost: $100,800

Latitude: 32.37 N, Longitude: 88.70 W

Area code: 601


Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.1%), Manufacturing (14.0%), Retail trade (12.6%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +12,925 (+32.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 11,663 (79.9%)


 

Crime in Meridian by Year

Type 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Murders 4 6 3 2 8 5
    per 100,000 10.0 15.0 7.5 5.0 20.0 12.5
Rapes 16 30 32 22 27 30
    per 100,000 40.0 75.1 80.1 55.0 67.6 75.1
Robberies 80 85 112 63 94 81
    per 100,000 200.2 212.7 280.2 157.6 235.2 202.7
Assaults 142 75 49 81 66 58
    per 100,000 355.3 187.7 122.6 202.7 165.1 145.1
Burglaries 615 659 588 534 573 877
    per 100,000 1538.7 1648.8 1471.2 1336.1 1433.6 2194.3
Thefts 1,097 1,102 1,037 955 1,138 1,115
    per 100,000 2744.7 2757.2 2594.6 2389.4 2847.3 2789.7
Auto thefts 134 137 136 155 112 152
    per 100,000 335.3 342.8 340.3 387.8 280.2 380.3
401.4 399.5 382.1 335.0 387.3 428.0

Average climate in Meridian, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Meridian,

Meridian-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 113% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/29/1976, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 5.3 miles away from the Meridian city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/12/1986, a category 4 tornado 5.5 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Birthplace of: Dexter McCleon - 2005 NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs, born: Oct 9, 1973), Jason Smith - 2005 Major League Baseball player (Detroit Tigers, born: Jul 24, 1977), Jay Powell - 2005 Major League Baseball player (Atlanta Braves, born: Jan 9, 1972), Kenny Smith - 2005 NFL player (Oakland Raiders, born: Sep 8, 1977), Kenyatta Walker - 2005 NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, born: Feb 1, 1979), Torrin Tucker - 2005 NFL player (Dallas Cowboys, born: Dec 25, 1979), Chris Harris - College basketball player (Colorado State Rams), Cyrus McGowan - College basketball player (Arkansas Razorbacks), Fred Cole - College basketball player (Alcorn State Braves).


Hospitals/medical centers in Meridian:
  • ALLIANCE HEALTH CENTER (5000 HIGHWAY 39 NORTH)
  • JEFF ANDERSON REGIONAL MED CENTER (2124 14 ST)
  • RILEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (1102 CONSTITUTION AVENUE)
  • RUSH FOUNDATION HOSPITAL (1314 19TH AVE)
  • SPECIALITY HOSPITAL OF MERIDIAN,THE (1314 19TH AVENUE)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Meridian:
  • KEY FIELD (about 6 miles; MERIDIAN, MS; ID: MEI)
  • GOLDEN TRIANGLE REGIONAL (about 75 miles; COLUMBUS/W POINT/STARKVILL, MS; ID: GTR)
  • HATTIESBURG-LAUREL REGIONAL (about 77 miles; HATTIESBURG/LAUREL, MS; ID: PIB)
Other public-use airports nearest to Meridian:
  • CLARKE COUNTY (about 21 miles; QUITMAN, MS; ID: 23M)
  • JAMES H EASOM FIELD (about 31 miles; NEWTON, MS; ID: M23)
  • MALLARD (about 32 miles; YORK, AL; ID: 23A)

Amtrak station:
MERIDIAN (1901 FRONT ST.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection. Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2004)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Fire - Other 7 $17,513 $30,022 1 $901
Streets and Highways 66 $127,197 $23,126 0 $0
Sewerage 42 $80,025 $22,864 0 $0
Parks and Recreation 35 $73,190 $25,093 0 $0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 15 $40,346 $32,276 1 $660
Water Supply 46 $89,058 $23,232 0 $0
Transit 6 $11,767 $23,534 6 $4,437
Other and Unallocable 24 $52,357 $26,178 2 $1,240
Solid Waste Management 1 $2,898 $34,776 0 $0
Financial Administration 31 $72,285 $27,981 0 $0
Other Government Administration 18 $61,372 $40,914 0 $0
Police Protection - Officers 88 $271,742 $37,055 0 $0
Police - Other 16 $30,717 $23,037 0 $0
Firefighters 107 $262,014 $29,384 0 $0
Totals for Government 502 $1,192,480 $28,505 10 $7,238
Colleges/Universities in Meridian:
  • MERIDIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 2,455; Location: 910 HWY 19 N; Public; Website: WWW.MCC.CC.MS.US)
  • FINAL TOUCH BEAUTY SCHOOL (FT enrollment: 69; Location: 832 HWY 19 N STE 510; Private, for-profit)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Meridian:
  • JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 65 miles; ELLISVILLE, MS; Full-time enrollment: 4,072)
  • MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY (about 75 miles; MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS; FT enrollment: 14,613)
  • MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN (about 79 miles; COLUMBUS, MS; FT enrollment: 2,115)
  • HOLMES COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 92 miles; GOODMAN, MS; FT enrollment: 2,485)
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (about 93 miles; HATTIESBURG, MS; FT enrollment: 12,541)
  • SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 98 miles; TUSCALOOSA, AL; FT enrollment: 3,635)
  • UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA (about 101 miles; TUSCALOOSA, AL; FT enrollment: 17,453)
Public high schools in Meridian:
  • MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,188; Location: 2320 32ND STREET; Grades: 10 - 12)
  • NORTHEAST LAUDERDALE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 635; Location: 702 BRIARWOOD ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
  • SOUTHEAST ATTENDANCE CENTER (Students: 395; Location: 2362 LONGCREEK RAOD; Grades: 09 - 12)
  • ROSS COLLINS VOC CENTER (Location: 2640 24TH AVE; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high schools in Meridian:
  • LAMAR MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 345; Location: 544 LINDLEY ROAD; Grades: 6 - 12)
  • THE KING'S ACADEMY (Students: 109; Location: 7387 STATE BLVD EXT; Grades: KG - 12)
  • CHRIST TEMPLE ACADEMY (Students: 107; Location: 4601 8TH ST; Grades: PK - 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Meridian:
  • CLARKDALE ATTENDANCE CENTER (Students: 963; Location: 7000 HIGHWAY 145; Grades: KG - 12)
  • NORTHEAST LAUDERDALE ELEMENTARY (Students: 907; Location: 6750 NEWELL ROAD; Grades: KG - 04)
  • NORTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 793; Location: 7763 HIGHWAY 39 NORTH; Grades: 05 - 08)
  • WEST LAUDERDALE ELEMENTARY (Students: 689; Location: 10350 HIGHWAY 495; Grades: KG - 04)
  • OAKLAND HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 579; Location: 601 59TH AVE; Grades: PK - 05)
  • MAGNOLIA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 561; Location: 1350 24TH STREET; Grades: 06 - 07)
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MIDDLE (Students: 559; Location: 900 44TH AVENUE; Grades: 06 - 07)
  • WEST HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 535; Location: 4100 32ND STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
  • NORTHWEST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 529; Location: 4400 32ND STREET; Grades: 08 - 09)
  • POPLAR SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 522; Location: 4101 27TH AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
Private primary/middle schools in Meridian:
  • LAMAR ELEMENTARY (Students: 280; Location: 544 LINDSEY RD; Grades: KG - 5)
  • ST PATRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 208; Location: 2700 DAVIS STREET; Grades: PK - 7)
  • CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL INC (Students: 106; Location: 3917 7TH ST; Grades: KG - 7)
  • NORTH HILLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 28; Location: 5800 NORTH HILLS ST; Grades: 1 - 8)
Library in Meridian:
  • MERIDIAN-LAUDERDALE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,032,375; Location: 2517 SEVENTH STREET; 118,302 books; 3,762 audio materials; 3,825 video materials; 219 serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:
  • There is a branch of Mississippi State University in Meridian across the street from MCC that should be added to the College/University section for the city. It focuses on Education and Business degrees. added by Todd

Notable locations in Meridian: Mer City Hall (A), Lauderdale County Courthouse (B).

Shopping Centers: North Hills Shopping Center (1), Town and Country Shopping Center (2), Broadmoor Mart Shopping Center (3), Village Fail Mall Shopping Center (4), College Park Mall Shopping Center (5), Delco Plaza Shopping Center (6).

Churches in Meridian include: Saint Josephs Catholic Church (A), Saint Joseph Church (B), Saint John Baptist Church (C), Bonita United Methodist Church (D), Calvary Apostolic Church (E), Calvary Hill Church (F), Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church (G), Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church (H).

Cemeteries: Semmes Cemetery (1), Saint Patricks Cemetery (2), McLemore Cemetery (3), Beth Israel Cemetery (4), Saint Luke Cemetery (5), Magnolia Cemetery (6), Rose Hill Cemetery (7).

Lakes and reservoirs: Mirror Lake (A), Lakemont Lake (B), Bonita Reservoir (C), Long Creek Reservoir (D).

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Burwell Creek (A), Gallagher Creek (B), Robbins Branch (C).

Parks in Meridian include: Phil Harden Park (1), Highland Park (2).

Post office: (A).  


Meridian compared to Mississippi state average:
  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Population density below state average for cities.
Strongest AM radio stations in Meridian:
  • WMOX (1010 AM; 10 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MAGNOLIA STATE B/C CO., INC.)
  • WMER (1390 AM; 5 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MICHAEL H. GLASS)
  • WALT (910 AM; 5 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: NEW SOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFFX (1450 AM; 1 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WNBN (1290 AM; 3 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: FRANK RACKLEY, JR.)
  • WSJC (810 AM; 50 kW; MAGEE, MS; Owner: FAMILY TALK RADIO)
  • WYLS (670 AM; daytime; 5 kW; YORK, AL; Owner: GRANTELL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQST (850 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST, MS; Owner: ACE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WJNT (1180 AM; 50 kW; PEARL, MS; Owner: BUCHANAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WCPC (940 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, MS; Owner: WCPC BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WASG (550 AM; 25 kW; ATMORE, AL; Owner: 550 AM, INC)
  • WEEZ (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; LAUREL, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
Strongest FM radio stations in Meridian:
  • WOKK (97.1 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: NEW SOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • W217AQ (91.3 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WMMZ (102.1 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: EAST MISSISSIPPI BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • W213AV (90.5 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • WYYW (95.1 FM; MARION, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMLV (106.9 FM; STONEWALL, MS; Owner: EAST MISSISSIPPI BROADCASTERS, INC)
  • W211BD (89.7 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • W221AL (92.1 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: JOHN S. LA TOUR/J & J B/C)
  • WJDQ (101.3 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMAW-FM (88.1 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • WKZB (93.5 FM; BUTLER, AL; Owner: EAST MISSISSIPPI BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • W204BT (88.7 FM; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WMSO (97.9 FM; NEWTON, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQST-FM (92.5 FM; FOREST, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WZKS (104.1 FM; UNION, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJXM (105.7 FM; DE KALB, MS; Owner: EAST MISSISSIPPI BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WYKK-FM (98.9 FM; QUITMAN, MS; Owner: QUITMAN BROADCASTING COMPANY)
TV broadcast stations around Meridian:
  • WMDN (Channel 24; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: WMDN, INC.)
  • WGBC (Channel 30; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, INCORPORATED)
  • WTOK-TV (Channel 11; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WMAW-TV (Channel 14; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TV)
  • W50BQ (Channel 50; MERIDIAN, ETC., MS; Owner: COLUMBUS TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W36CU (Channel 36; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W46CL (Channel 46; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52DE (Channel 52; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W65DE (Channel 65; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W52CS (Channel 52; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W59DE (Channel 59; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

To understand how the electorate votes by state, you have to understand the demographics of the cities and counties in each of those states. As pollsters, we try to keep all of the important variables such as income, gender, and race consistent.

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