Meridian, Mississippi Population 2021

34,835
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Meridian is a city located in Lauderdale County Mississippi. It is also the county seat of Lauderdale County. With a 2020 population of 34,835, it is the 8th largest city in Mississippi and the 1132nd largest city in the United States . Meridian is currently declining at a rate of -2.12% annually and its population has decreased by -15.34% 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 648 people per square mile.

The average household income in Meridian is $52,527 with a poverty rate of 27.15%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $728 per month, and the median house value is $83,300. The median age in Meridian is 36.5 years, 33.5 years for males, and 39.5 years for females.

Meridian Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 62.88%
  • White: 35.03%
  • Asian: 0.85%
  • Two or more races: 0.66%
  • Other race: 0.48%
  • Native American: 0.10%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Meridian, Mississippi is 34,835 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 37,103.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 41,148.

Meridian, Mississippi Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202197,112-1,148-1.18%
202098,260-1,148-1.17%
201999,408-1,148-1.15%
2018100,556-1,651-1.64%
2017102,207-1,100-1.08%
2016103,307-1,174-1.14%
2015104,481-1,283-1.23%
2014105,764-1,175-1.11%
2013106,939-238-0.22%
2012107,177-455-0.42%
2011107,632600.06%
2010107,5720.00%

Meridian Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American23,79862.88%
White13,25935.03%
Asian3200.85%
Two or More Races2510.66%
Some Other Race1830.48%
American Indian and Alaska Native370.10%
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Meridian Population by Race

Meridian Population Pyramid $2021

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Meridian Median Age

36.5


Total

33.5


Male

39.5


Female

Meridian Adults

There are 28,685 adults, (6,150 of whom are seniors) in Meridian.

Meridian Age Dependency

68

Age Dependency Ratio

27.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Meridian Sex Ratio

Female

19,795

52.30%

Male

18,053

47.70%

Meridian Population by Age

Meridian Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Meridian Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68%32%
All49.4%50.6%
Male48.6%51.4%
Non Family42.6%57.4%
Female33.9%66.1%

49.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Meridian Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All15,9472.2849.4
Non Family6,6621.1542.6
Married5,3372.9568
Female3,4693.3333.9
Male4792.9248.6

3.05

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Meridian Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,4155.59%
9th to 12th Grade3,18712.58%
High School Graduate6,38725.22%
Some College6,23224.60%
Associates Degree2,99111.81%
Bachelors Degree3,08112.16%
Graduate Degree2,0378.04%
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Meridian Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Meridian Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black14,40710,8921,650
White10,0419,1053,204
Hispanic48736179
Asian256233136
2+ Races14612626
Other Race1176328
Native American373732

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 86.49%.

Meridian Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,295$33,241$25,618
Less Than 9th Grade$15,062$14,710$15,325
High School Graduate$21,212$23,473$19,429
Some College$28,567$33,448$25,843
Bachelors Degree$49,589$52,245$41,818
Graduate Degree$52,634$64,868$51,507

$29,295

Average Earnings

$33,241

Average Male

$25,618

Average Female

Meridian Earnings by Educational Attainment

Meridian Language by Age

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Meridian Language

96.86% of Meridian residents speak only English, while 3.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.90% of the population.

Meridian Language

Meridian Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black23,0588,60437.31%
White12,0401,0839.00%
Hispanic88516318.42%
Multiple2515120.32%
Asian316175.38%
Other183126.56%

27.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.95%

Male Poverty Rate

30.87%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Meridian

The race most likely to be in poverty in Meridian is Black, with 37.31% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Meridian is Asian, with 5.38% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.66%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.59%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.33%.

Meridian Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade43.77%
High School23.68%
Some College18.48%
Bachelors or Greater5.20%

Meridian Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed56.18%
Male Unemployed20.61%
Female Employed16.23%
Male Employed7.82%

Meridian Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Meridian Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$32,422$52,527
Families$42,303$62,831
Married Families$63,076-
Non Families$20,410$36,843
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Income by Household Type

Meridian Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.2%

Male Marriage Rate

36.1%

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 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Meridian Marital Status by Race

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Meridian Marital Status

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2,601

Number of Veterans

2,218

Male Veterans

383

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam742
Second Gulf War738
First Gulf War538
Korea148
World War II75

Meridian Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54715
55 to 64618
65 to 74528
75+463
18 to 34277

Meridian Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,3397.92%
White1,18610.98%
2+ Races3425.00%
Hispanic336.11%
Native American2362.16%
Asian196.33%

Meridian Veterans by Race

Meridian Veterans by Education

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13.16%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Meridian Veterans by Education

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56.1%

Labor Force Participation

50.8%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Meridian Employment by Age

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Meridian Employment by Race

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Meridian Employment by Education

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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78.17%

Born in Meridian

98.11%

Native Born

1.89%

Foreign Born

1.19%

Non Citizen

0.70%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.11% of Meridian residents were born in the United States, with 78.17% having been born in Mississippi. 1.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Meridian Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202134,835-756-2.12%
202035,591-756-2.08%
201936,347-756-2.04%
201837,103-813-2.14%
201737,916-700-1.81%
201638,616-597-1.52%
201539,213-645-1.62%
201439,858-555-1.37%
201340,413-253-0.62%
201240,666-388-0.95%
201141,054-44-0.11%
201041,0981,1300.28%
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%

Meridian Population by Year