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Meridian, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Meridian is the 6th largest city in Mississippi with a population of 41,703 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Meridian is located at latitude 32.3878 and longitude -88.6903 in Lauderdale County. The formal boundaries for the City of Meridian (see map below) encompass a land area of 53.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.77 sq. miles. Lauderdale County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 344 feet.

The City of Meridian (GNIS ID: 2404244) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Meridian is located within Supervisor District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lauderdale County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Meridian population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Meridian: Ragsdale City, Sowashee Station.

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Meridian, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 41,703
Population in Households 39,896
Population in Familes 31,197
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,807
Population Density1 776
Diversity Index2 52


Total Households 16,496
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 9,886
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 18,884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,093 (42.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,403 (44.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,388 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $86,613
Average Home Value $124,564


Median Household Income $30,512
Average Household Income $49,347
Per Capita Income $20,320
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.21% 0.12%
Households -0.01% -0.02%
Families -0.43% -0.21%
Median Household Income   2.07%
Per Capita Income   1.7%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Meridian, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Meridian to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 97 73rd
Diversity Index2 # 95 74th
Median Household Income # 211 42nd
Per Capita Income # 115 69th

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