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Meridian, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The City of Meridian is the 6th largest city in Mississippi with a population of 40,182 as of July 1, 2018.

The primary coordinate point for Meridian is located at latitude 32.3643 and longitude -88.7037 in Lauderdale County. The formal boundaries for the City of Meridian 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 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lauderdale County.

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

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Meridian, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 40,182
Population in Households 38,478
Population in Familes 30,017
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,704
Population Density2 748
Diversity Index3 52


Median Household Income $32,424
Average Household Income $51,889
Per Capita Income $21,580


Total Housing Units 18,653 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,899 (47.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,178 (38.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,576 (13.8%)
Median Home Value $90,274
Average Home Value $130,930


Total Households 16,077
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 9,594
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.29% -0.58%
Households -0.32% -0.62%
Families -0.69% -0.8%
Median Household Income   1.72%
Per Capita Income   1.91%

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, 2018 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 Density # 96 74th
Diversity Index # 105 71st
Median Household Income # 211 42nd
Per Capita Income # 125 66th

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