Meridian, Mississippi Population 2020

35,949
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Meridian is a city located in Mississippi. With a 2020 population of 35,949, it is the 8th largest city in Mississippi and the 1095th largest city in the United States. Meridian is currently declining at a rate of -1.88% annually and its population has decreased by -12.63% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 41,148 in 2010. Meridian reached it's highest population of 49,374 in 1960. Spanning over 55 miles, Meridian has a population density of 669 people per square mile.

The average household income in Meridian is $51,822 with a poverty rate of 28.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $703 per month, and the median house value is $83,700. The median age in Meridian is 36.3 years, 33.9 years for males, and 39 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.0 males.

Meridian Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Meridian was:

  • Black or African American: 62.94%
  • White: 34.98%
  • Asian: 0.86%
  • Other race: 0.66%
  • Two or more races: 0.45%
  • Native American: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Meridian, Mississippi is 35,949, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 37,325.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 41,148.

Meridian, Mississippi Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202098,300-1,324-1.35%
201999,624-1,324-1.33%
2018100,948-1,324-1.31%
2017102,272-1,041-1.02%
2016103,313-1,168-1.13%
2015104,481-1,294-1.24%
2014105,775-1,172-1.11%
2013106,947-225-0.21%
2012107,172-445-0.42%
2011107,617400.04%
2010107,5770.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American24,29762.94%
White13,50234.98%
Asian3320.86%
Some Other Race2530.66%
Two or More Races1740.45%
American Indian and Alaska Native440.11%
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Meridian Population Pyramid 2020

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Meridian Median Age

36.3


Total

33.9


Male

39


Female

Meridian Adults

There are 29,232 adults, (6,013 of whom are seniors) in Meridian.

Meridian Age Dependency

66.3

Age Dependency Ratio

25.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Meridian Sex Ratio

Female

20,103

52.08%

Male

18,499

47.92%

Meridian Households and Families

Meridian Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Meridian Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.8%32.2%
All50.7%49.3%
Non Family46.3%53.7%
Male45.1%54.9%
Female32.4%67.6%

50.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All15,8152.3550.7
Non Family6,5741.1746.3
Married5,3843.0667.8
Female3,2943.3632.4
Male5633.3545.1

3.14

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

4.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Meridian Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,3275.17%
9th to 12th Grade2,58710.08%
High School Graduate6,96627.15%
Some College6,47225.22%
Associates Degree2,90811.33%
Bachelors Degree3,29012.82%
Graduate Degree2,1098.22%
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Meridian Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Black14,61011,6451,887
White10,2569,3853,234
Hispanic41433273
Asian285285162
Other Race13710116
Multiple Races1159825
Native American292929

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,819$32,353$25,255
Less Than High School$15,417$21,653$
High School Grad$24,009$26,708$18,362
Some College$25,760$31,171$23,475
Bachelors Degree$43,182$52,935$34,595
Graduate Degree$50,903$63,482$48,421

$28,819

Average Earnings

$32,353

Average Male

$25,255

Average Female

Meridian Language

Meridian Language by Age

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Meridian Language

96.92% of Meridian residents speak only English, while 3.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.75% of the population.

Meridian Poverty

Meridian Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black23,5699,36739.74%
White12,3881,1058.92%
Hispanic81116720.59%
Multiple1744022.99%
Other2533413.44%
Asian328154.57%

28.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.73%

Male Poverty Rate

32.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Meridian

The race most likely to be in poverty in Meridian is Black, with 39.74% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Meridian is Asian, with 4.57% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.23%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School46.40%
High School24.03%
Some College21.56%
Bachelors or Greater4.83%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed53.22%
Male Unemployed28.51%
Female Employed17.08%
Male Employed10.08%

Meridian Income

Meridian Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,807$51,822
Families$42,593$61,863
Married Families$64,083-
Non Families$21,490$36,328
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Meridian Marital Status

Meridian Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.0%

Male Marriage Rate

35.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Meridian Married by Age and Sex

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Meridian Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Meridian Marital Status by Race

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Meridian Veterans

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2,748

Number of Veterans

2,460

Male Veterans

288

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam787
Second Gulf War631
First Gulf War615
Korea195
World War II86
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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64761
35 to 54755
75+574
65 to 74458
18 to 34200
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,34711.97%
Black1,3337.77%
Hispanic326.78%
2 or More2925.66%
Asian216.33%
Indian1840.91%

Meridian Veterans by Education

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10.58%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Meridian Employment Status

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57.3%

Labor Force Participation

51.7%

Employment Rate

8.8%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.28%

Born in Mississippi

98.16%

Native Born

1.84%

Foreign Born

1.10%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

98.16% of Meridian residents were born in the United States, with 78.28% having been born in Mississippi. 1.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202035,949-688-1.88%
201936,637-688-1.84%
201837,325-620-1.63%
201737,945-688-1.78%
201638,633-597-1.52%
201539,230-650-1.63%
201439,880-546-1.35%
201340,426-251-0.62%
201240,677-384-0.94%
201141,061-48-0.12%
201041,1091,1410.28%
200039,968-1,068-0.26%
199041,036-5,541-1.26%
198046,5771,4940.33%
197045,083-4,291-0.91%
196049,3747,4811.66%
195041,8936,4121.68%
194035,4813,5271.05%
193031,9548,5553.17%
192023,3991140.05%
191023,2859,2355.18%
190014,0503,4262.83%
189010,6246,61610.24%
18804,0081,2993.99%
18702,7090.00%