Meridian, Mississippi

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Population in 2013: 40,921 (94% urban, 6% rural). Population change since 2000: +2.4%
 
Males: 18,695  (45.7%)
Females: 22,226  (54.3%)
Median resident age:  34.9 years
Mississippi median age:  35.1 years

Zip codes: 39307.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $29,689 (it was $25,085 in 2000)
Meridian:

$29,689
MS:

$37,095
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,645 (it was $15,255 in 2000)

Meridian city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $88,847 (it was $58,400 in 2000)
Meridian:

$88,847
MS:

$99,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $117,612; Detached houses: $118,880; Townhouses or other attached units: $91,719; In 2-unit structures: $52,979; Mobile homes: $102,471

Median gross rent in 2012: $618.

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Meridian races chart
  • Black alone - 25,176 (61.3%)
  • White alone - 14,194 (34.6%)
  • Hispanic - 703 (1.7%)
  • Two or more races - 472 (1.1%)
  • Asian alone - 426 (1.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 85 (0.2%)

Races in Meridian detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Meridian: 82.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: English (8.4%), United States (6.0%), Irish (5.6%), German (3.0%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%), Scottish (1.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1860

Elevation: 340 feet

Land area: 45.1 square miles.

Population density: 907 people per square mile   (low).

Meridian, Mississippi map

For population 25 years and over in Meridian:

  • High school or higher: 83.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.1%
  • Unemployed: 9.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Meridian city:

  • Never married: 37.0%
  • Now married: 36.3%
  • Separated: 4.0%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 14.6%

971 residents are foreign born (0.3% Europe, 0.3% Asia).

This city:  2.4%
Mississippi:  2.2%



According to our research of Mississippi and other state lists there were 202 registered sex offenders living in Meridian, Mississippi as of May 24, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Meridian to the number of sex offenders is 202 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,131 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $820 (1.1%)

Meridian satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Jackson, MS (87.7 miles , pop. 184,256).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Birmingham, AL (135.6 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (434.9 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Nellieburg, MS (2.1 miles ), Marion, MS (2.2 miles ), Collinsville, MS (3.4 miles ), Toomsuba, MS (3.5 miles ), Meridian Station, MS (3.6 miles ), Chunky, MS (3.7 miles ), Lauderdale, MS (3.9 miles ), Enterprise, MS (3.9 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 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
  • 2006: 179 buildings, average cost: $75,700
  • 2007: 55 buildings, average cost: $144,700
  • 2008: 59 buildings, average cost: $138,500
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $255,700
  • 2010: 7 buildings, average cost: $111,800
  • 2011: 41 buildings, average cost: $148,400
  • 2012: 7 buildings, average cost: $163,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 32.37 N, Longitude: 88.70 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +14,468 (+35.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 12,434 (80.8%)

Area code: 601

Meridian household income distribution Meridian home values distribution

Crime rates in Meridian by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 63285622737210
per 100,000 14.27.55.020.212.515.45.25.318.47.917.74.824.2
Rapes 30322227302934383040273233
per 100,000 70.879.754.568.175.374.288.4100.178.7105.168.277.579.8
Robberies 8511263948179708386107106105124
per 100,000 200.5278.9156.1237.1203.2202.2182.0218.7225.6281.2267.9254.2299.9
Assaults 7549816658849510684100629767
per 100,000 176.9122.0200.7166.5145.5215.0247.0279.3220.3262.8156.7234.8162.0
Burglaries 6595885345738777447767537321,0381,0561,011734
per 100,000 1554.31464.31323.51445.22200.41904.02017.41984.01920.12727.72669.02447.71775.2
Thefts 1,1021,0379551,1381,1151,1811,0171,0441,0661,1041,1951,2441,226
per 100,000 2599.12582.42366.82870.22797.53022.42643.92750.72796.22901.13020.33011.82965.1
Auto thefts 137136155112152105117119123127147198179
per 100,000 323.1338.7384.1282.5381.4268.7304.2313.5322.6333.7371.5479.4432.9
Arson 2128242726151219162016118
per 100,000 49.569.759.568.165.238.431.250.142.052.640.426.619.3
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 414.1414.7354.4432.7466.3463.9451.1480.4477.8563.8532.7518.9506.1

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Meridian detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 125 (102 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.47
Mississippi average:

2.31
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

11.2%
Mississippi:

8.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -2,025 (-4.8%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Health care and social assistance (12%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (10%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)

Work and jobs in Meridian: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Meridian, Mississippi

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Meridian-area historical tornado activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 93% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/12/1986, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 5.0 miles away from the Meridian city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/29/1976, a category F4 tornado 5.0 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Meridian-area historical earthquake activity is near Mississippi state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 120.8 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 110.3 miles away from Meridian center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 48.8 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 105.6 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 244.1 miles away from Meridian center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 230.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lauderdale County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Tornadoes: 6, Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 4, Heavy Rains: 2, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Meridian topographic map

Birthplace of: Fred Phelps - African s' rights activist, Ty Herndon - Country singer, Moe Bandy - Country singer, Hayley Williams - Singer-songwriter, Alvin Childress - Actor, Barry Hannah - Short story writer, Big K.R.I.T. - Hip hop record producer, John Fleming (U.S. politician) - Politician, Sela Ward - Actress, Al Wilson (singer) - Singer.

Hospitals in Meridian:

  • ALLIANCE HEALTH CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 5000 HIGHWAY 39 NORTH)
  • ANDERSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CTR (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 2124 14 ST)
  • ANDERSON RMC SOUTH (Proprietary, 1102 CONSTITUTION AVENUE)
  • ASERACARE HOSPICE-MERIDIAN, LLC (4825 POPLAR SPRINGS DRIVE)
  • HARPERS HOSPICE CARE INC (1711 24TH AVENUE)
  • LAIRD HOSPICE CARE OF MERIDIAN (1101 22ND AVENUE)
  • MATTY HERSEE HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, 8TH STREET RD)
  • REGENCY HOSPITAL OF MERIDIAN (1102 CONSTITUTION AVNEUE)
  • RUSH FOUNDATION HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 1314 19TH AVE)
  • SPECIALITY HOSPITAL OF MERIDIAN,THE (1314 19TH AVENUE)

Airports and heliports located in Meridian:

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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.

College/University in Meridian:

  • Meridian Community College (Full-time enrollment: 2,750; Location: 910 Hwy 19 N; Public; Website: www.meridiancc.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Meridian:

  • East Central Community College (about 25 miles; Decatur, MS; Full-time enrollment: 2,380)
  • University of West Alabama (about 34 miles; Livingston, AL; FT enrollment: 3,394)
  • East Mississippi Community College (about 35 miles; Scooba, MS; FT enrollment: 5,180)
  • Jones County Junior College (about 62 miles; Ellisville, MS; FT enrollment: 3,942)
  • Mississippi State University (about 75 miles; Mississippi State, MS; FT enrollment: 18,237)
  • Mississippi University for Women (about 80 miles; Columbus, MS; FT enrollment: 2,565)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (about 82 miles; Hattiesburg, MS; FT enrollment: 14,294)

Public high schools in Meridian:

Private high schools in Meridian:

  • LAMAR SCHOOL (Students: 520; Location: 544 LINDLEY RD; Grades: PK - 12)
  • CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL INC (Students: 187; Location: 3917 7TH ST; Grades: PK - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Meridian:

Private elementary/middle schools in Meridian:

  • ST PATRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 101; Location: 2700 DAVIS ST; Grades: PK - 5)
  • COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 42; Location: 6256 HWY 39 N; Grades: KG - 8)
See full list of schools located in Meridian

Library in Meridian:

  • MERIDIAN-LAUDERDALE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,214,911; Location: 2517 SEVENTH STREET; 150,948 books; 5,940 audio materials; 4,642 video materials; 53 state licensed databases; 216 print 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

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Notable locations in Meridian: 186 Air Refueling Wing Fire and Emergency Services Flight (A), Mer City Hall (B), Lauderdale County Courthouse (C), Meridian Fire Department Station 3 (D), Meridian Fire Department Station 8 (E), Meridian Fire Department Station 6 (F), Meridian Fire Department Station 7 (G), Meridian Fire Department Station 5 (H), Meridian Fire Department Station 2 (I), Meridian Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (J), Meridian Fire Department Station 4 (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Broadmoor Mart Shopping Center (1), College Park Mall Shopping Center (2), Delco Plaza Shopping Center (3), North Hills Shopping Center (4), Town and Country Shopping Center (5), Village Fail Mall Shopping Center (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Meridian include: Northside Church (A), Northview Church (B), Oak Grove Baptist Church (C), Saint Joseph Church (D), Temple Beth Israel (E), Walker Chapel (F), Calvary Hill Church (G), Zion Hill Church (H), Galilee Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Magnolia Cemetery (1), Saint Luke Cemetery (2), Saint Patricks Cemetery (3), Semmes Cemetery (4), Rose Hill Cemetery (5), Beth Israel Cemetery (6), Oak Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Lakemont Lake (A), Mirror Lake (B), Bonita Reservoir (C), Webb Lake (D), Long Creek Reservoir (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Burwell Creek (A), Robbins Branch (B), Gallagher Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Meridian include: Highland Park (1), Phil Harden Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Meridian Museum of Art (628 25th Avenue) (1), Merrehope (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 905 Martin Luther King J) (2), Stacy's Sports (Amusement & Theme Parks; 804 23rd Avenue) (3), Southern Amusement CO (Amusement & Theme Parks; 7400 Highway 80 West) (4), Null T C (Amusement & Theme Parks; 4501 8th Street) (5), Joe's Sports Results (Amusement & Theme Parks; 2207 9th Street) (6), Ragsdale Frank M III (Amusement & Theme Parks; 3072 Old 31st Avenue) (7), Meridian Vendors Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 4501 8th Street) (8), Frank's Amusement CO (Amusement & Theme Parks; 3072 Old 31st Avenue) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Howard Johnson Inn (110 Highway 11 And 80) (1), Microtel Inn & Suites (518 Bonita Lakes Drive) (2), Relax Inn (510 North Frontage Road) (3), Jameson Inns (524 Bonita Lakes Drive) (4), Jameson Inn Meridian (Sj) (524 Bonita Lakes Cir) (5), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (1399 Roebuck Dr) (6), Econo Lodge Meridian (2405 South Frontage Road) (7), Rodeway Inn Meridian (146 US 11/80) (8), Econo Lodge Northeast (109 US 11/80 East) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: U S Government - Clerk United States District Court (Federal Building) (1), Lauderdale County - Juvenile Center- Youth Court Counselor (5400 20th Street Extension) (2), Lauderdale County - Justice Court Clerk (Courthouse Annex) (3), Lauderdale County - Garnishments- County Court- Clerk (Courthouse) (4), Lauderdale County - Court Dept- Circuit- Criminal Court (500 Constitution Avenue) (5), Lauderdale County - County Court- Judge (Courthouse) (6), Angel Court (2105 5th Street) (7), Lauderdale County - Circuit- Court Reporter (500 Constitution Avenue) (8), Lauderdale County - Chancery Clerk- Court Department (Courthouse) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Lauderdale County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 51.8. This is significantly better than average.

City:

51.8
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 25.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.7
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 10.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.4
U.S.:

9.1

Drinking water stations with addresses in Meridian and their reported violations in the past:

CITY OF MERIDIAN (Population served: 41,148, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2011, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-23-2011), St Public Notif requested (MAR-23-2011), St Compliance achieved (JUN-08-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-15-2011)
  • 89 regular monitoring violations
CLARKDALE WATER ASSN # 1 (Population served: 4,263, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-01-2011), St Public Notif requested (AUG-08-2011), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-08-2011), St Public Notif received (OCT-03-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 318 regular monitoring violations
TRAVEL CENTERS OF AMERICA (Population served: 500, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 32.3%
(15.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.8% for Black residents, 3.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.3% for American Indian residents, 25.0% for other race residents, 83.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Mississippi:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  61.5%
Whole state:  69.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.0%
Whole state:  5.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Meridian in 2010:

  • 408 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 372 people in college/university student housing
  • 268 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 239 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 222 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 58 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 43 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 40 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 24 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers

People in group quarters in Meridian in 2000:

  • 408 people in nursing homes
  • 303 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 287 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 217 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 217 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 186 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 158 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 101 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 82 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 44 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 23 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 21 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 19 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 6 people in other group homes

Meridian, Mississippi environmental map by EPA

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Meridian compared to Mississippi state average:

  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Banks with most branches in Meridian (2011 data):

  • The Citizens National Bank of Meridian: 9 branches. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,115.7 mil, Deposits: $932.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 29 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens National Banc Corp.
  • Trustmark National Bank: 23-Avenue Branch, Meridian Main Branch, East Branch, South Branch, North Branch, West Branch. Info updated 2012/03/26: Bank assets: $9,612.1 mil, Deposits: $7,410.1 mil, headquarters in Jackson, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 186 total offices, Holding Company: Trustmark Corporation
  • Great Southern National Bank: Meridian North-Branch, West Branch, Medical Center Branch, Bonita Lakes Branch, at 218 22nd Avenue South. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $263.8 mil, Deposits: $234.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 15 total offices, Holding Company: Quitman Management Company, Inc.
  • Regions Bank: Bonita Lakes Branch, Meridian Main Branch, Meridian-College Park Branch, Broadmoor Branch. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia, Mississippi: Meridian Branch, Meridian Mid-Town Branch, Meridian Broadmoor Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $853.7 mil, Deposits: $573.8 mil, headquarters in Philadelphia, MS, positive income, 23 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens Holding Company
  • BankPlus: Hwy. 19 N Branch, North Hills Street Branch, 2303 8th Street Branch. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,177.0 mil, Deposits: $1,696.4 mil, headquarters in Belzoni, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 62 total offices, Holding Company: Bancplus Corporation
  • Community Bank: Meridian Main Office at 302 22nd Avenue, branch established on 2008/07/07; North Meridian Branch at 5012 Highway 39 North, branch established on 2004/06/28. Info updated 2008/07/15: Bank assets: $630.6 mil, Deposits: $562.6 mil, headquarters in Ellisville, MS, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Community Bancshares Of Mississippi, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • The Commercial Bank: Meridian Branch at 7591 Highway 39, branch established on 1998/05/20; Medical Center Branch at 1101 22nd Avenue, branch established on 1999/09/08. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $134.1 mil, Deposits: $107.8 mil, headquarters in De Kalb, MS, positive income, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Commercial Capital Corporation
  • Woodforest National Bank: Ms Meridian at 2400 Highway 19 N, branch established on 2009/09/05. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions) (Amended And
  • 2 other banks with 2 local branches

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Meridian, Mississippi:

  • Motel 6 - Meridian, S Frontage Rd, Meridian, MS 39301 , Phone: (601) 482-1182
  • Best Western Inn - Meridian, 2219 S Frontage Rd, Meridian, MS 39301 , Phone: (601) 693-3210
  • Holiday Inn Northeast - Meridian, 111 US Hwy 11 & 80, Meridian, MS 39302 , Phone: (601) 485-5101
  • Hampton Inn - Meridian, 113 US Hwy 11 & 80, Meridian, MS 39302 , Phone: (601) 483-3000
  • M & R Of Meridian Inc Dba - Howard Johnson, 613 Hwy 80 E, Meridian, MS 39305 , Phone: (601) 483-8281
  • Baymont Inn & Suites - Meridian, 1400 Roebuck Dr, Meridian, MS 39301 , Phone: (601) 693-2300, Fax: (601) 485-2534
  • Econo Lodge - Meridian, 2405 South Frontage Rd, Meridian, MS 39301 , Phone: (601) 693-9393
  • Comfort Inn - Meridian, 701 Bonita LKS Dr, Meridian, MS 39301 , Phone: (601) 693-1200, Fax: (601) 485-3138
  • 17 other hotels and motels
All 25 fire-safe hotels and motels in Meridian, Mississippi

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Meridian travel time to work - commute Meridian mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (51%)
  • Electricity (48%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Meridian city (based on Lauderdale County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 65.15%
Here: 65.1%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchEpiscopal ChurchChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents59.0%18.6%3.7%2.2%1.9%
Congregations30.2%26.8%1.3%1.3%1.3%
NameChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Assemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Seventh-Day Adventist ChurchOther
Adherents1.6%1.6%1.1%1.1%9.2%
Congregations6.0%4.7%2.7%1.3%24.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 15
Lauderdale County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.26 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
Lauderdale County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 65
Lauderdale County:

8.34 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 36
Here:

4.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

12.7%
Mississippi:

12.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Lauderdale County:

32.9%
Mississippi:

33.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.9%
State:

14.4%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 28$89,011$38,1483$517
Other Government Administration 11$43,922$47,91511$13,637
Judicial and Legal 6$12,936$25,8720$0
Police Protection - Officers 91$280,915$37,0440$0
Police - Other 23$54,152$28,2533$1,812
Firefighters 113$299,651$31,8210$0
Fire - Other 9$31,736$42,3151$1,177
Streets and Highways 46$106,021$27,6589$10,044
Solid Waste Management 1$3,577$42,9240$0
Sewerage 41$99,071$28,9963$4,727
Parks and Recreation 30$70,837$28,33590$19,425
Housing and Community Development(Local) 19$61,131$38,6092$880
Water Supply 35$86,992$29,8264$5,607
Totals for Government 453$1,239,952$32,846126$57,826

Meridian government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $1,549,000 ($37.85)
    Parking Facilities: $1,144,000 ($27.96)
    Water Utilities: $1,135,000 ($27.74)
    Sewerage: $966,000 ($23.61)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $6,370,000 ($155.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $5,099,000 ($124.61)
    Regular Highways: $3,895,000 ($95.18)
    Water Utilities: $3,073,000 ($75.10)
    Sewerage: $2,617,000 ($63.95)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,230,000 ($54.50)
    Financial Administration: $2,211,000 ($54.03)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,779,000 ($43.47)
    Central Staff Services: $1,551,000 ($37.90)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,081,000 ($26.42)
    General - Other: $481,000 ($11.75)
    Transit Utilities: $423,000 ($10.34)
    Parking Facilities: $40,000 ($0.98)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,506,000 ($36.80)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Transit Utilities: $140,000 ($3.42)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $553,000 ($13.51)
    Regular Highways: $261,000 ($6.38)
    Police Protection: $171,000 ($4.18)
    Financial Administration: $134,000 ($3.27)
    General - Other: $86,000 ($2.10)
    Parks and Recreation: $58,000 ($1.42)
    Housing and Community Development: $33,000 ($0.81)
    Central Staff Services: $19,000 ($0.46)
    Transit Utilities: $9,000 ($0.22)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $15,715,000 ($384.03)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,582,000 ($38.66)

Meridian government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $5,235,000 ($127.93)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,569,000 ($38.34)
    All Other: $654,000 ($15.98)
    Parks and Recreation: $488,000 ($11.93)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $2,164,000 ($52.88)
    Interest Earnings: $2,110,000 ($51.56)
    General Revenue, NEC: $97,000 ($2.37)
    Special Assessments: $96,000 ($2.35)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $5,668,000 ($138.51)
    Transit Utilities: $59,000 ($1.44)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $13,277,000 ($324.45)
    Highways: $606,000 ($14.81)
    Transit Utilities: $271,000 ($6.62)
    All Other: $16,000 ($0.39)
  • Tax - Property: $10,959,000 ($267.81)
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,990,000 ($48.63)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $302,000 ($7.38)
    Other License: $0 ($0.00)

Meridian government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $61,640,000 ($1506.32)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $56,580,000 ($1382.66)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,060,000 ($123.65)

Meridian government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,708,000 ($41.74)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,378,000 ($449.11)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,914,000 ($46.77)

5.26% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,292 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.26%
Mississippi average:

6.70%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($647 average AGI)
Lauderdale County:

0.09%
Mississippi average:

0.04%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Clarke County, MS  0.36% ($27,740 average AGI)
from Newton County, MS  0.29% ($32,675)
from Kemper County, MS  0.28% ($28,973)


5.40% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($37,130 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.40%
Mississippi average:

6.88%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($419 average AGI)
Lauderdale County:

0.06%
Mississippi average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Clarke County, MS  0.33% ($32,079 average AGI)
to Newton County, MS  0.25% ($29,061)
to Hinds County, MS  0.22% ($25,672)

Strongest AM radio stations in Meridian:

  • WMOX (1010 AM; 10 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MAGNOLIA STATE B/C CO., INC.)
  • WALT (910 AM; 5 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: NEW SOUTH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WMER (1390 AM; 5 kW; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MICHAEL H. GLASS)
  • 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)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, 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.)
  • WQST-FM (92.5 FM; FOREST, MS; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC.)
  • WMSO (97.9 FM; NEWTON, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZKS (104.1 FM; UNION, MS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSLY (104.9 FM; YORK, AL; Owner: GRANTELL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • 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)
  • W53CE (Channel 53; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W34CH (Channel 34; MERIDIAN, MS; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Meridian fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 107
Total length: 616 meters (2,021ft)
Total costs: $13,593,000
Total average daily traffic: 1,100,340
Total average daily truck traffic: 115,422

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1910-1919: 3
  • 1920-1929: 3
  • 1930-1939: 5
  • 1940-1949: 11
  • 1950-1959: 12
  • 1960-1969: 20
  • 1970-1979: 32
  • 1980-1989: 5
  • 1990-1999: 9
  • 2000-2009: 6
  • 2010-2012: 1
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Meridian, MS
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Meridian)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 399 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Meridian, MS)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 64 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 59 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 210 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Meridian)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 76 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Meridian)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 793
  • Hazardous Condition: 347
  • Service Call: 19
  • Good Intent Call: 18

Incident types - Meridian

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Meridian, MS
Most common first names in Meridian, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James67970.3 years
Mary64279.0 years
William52273.2 years
John52173.0 years
Robert38071.0 years
Willie37771.8 years
Annie31778.9 years
George25075.2 years
Charles24868.3 years
Thomas18372.6 years
Most common last names in Meridian, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith40474.5 years
Brown29072.3 years
Jones27275.2 years
Williams25474.8 years
Johnson25073.0 years
Davis17773.7 years
Moore14873.9 years
Clark13775.9 years
Walker13775.1 years
Thomas13372.2 years
Businesses in Meridian, MS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T3Lane Furniture5
Advance Auto Parts3Little Caesars Pizza2
Aeropostale1Lowe's1
Applebee's1Maurices1
Arby's1McDonald's5
Ashley Furniture1Microtel2
AutoZone2Motel 61
BMW1Motherhood Maternity1
Bath & Body Works1Nike13
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Best Western1Office Depot1
Blockbuster1OfficeMax1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Olive Garden1
Burger King2Outback1
CVS2Outback Steakhouse1
Chevrolet1Papa John's Pizza1
Chick-Fil-A1Payless2
Church's Chicken1Penske2
Comfort Inn1Pizza Hut2
Cracker Barrel1Popeyes2
Dairy Queen1Quality1
Days Inn1Quiznos3
Domino's Pizza1RadioShack2
Econo Lodge1Ramada1
Express1Red Lobster1
FedEx10Rite Aid1
Finish Line1Rodeway Inn1
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Rue211
Foot Locker1Ryan's Grill1
Ford1SONIC Drive-In3
GNC1Sam's Club1
GameStop3Sears3
Gymboree1Shoe Carnival1
H&R Block5Sleep Inn1
Hardee's2Subway7
Hilton1Super 81
Holiday Inn2T-Mobile3
Hollister Co.1T.J.Maxx1
Honda1Taco Bell3
Hyundai1Toyota1
JCPenney1Toys"R"Us1
Journeys1U-Haul4
Justice1UPS13
KFC3Vans2
Kincaid1Victoria's Secret1
La Quinta1Waffle House2
La-Z-Boy1Walgreens2
Lane Bryant1Walmart2
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