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Overview

Introduction to Meridian, Mississippi

Meridian, Mississippi, in Lauderdale county, is located 86 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center) and is 185 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Meridian History

The city of Meridian was so named by the early settlers, who by mistake thought the city name meant "junction." The city was originally inhabited by the Choctaw Native Americans. After the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was signed, the European- Americans started moving in to this area. Meridian was incorporated in the year 1860. The first settler of the area was Richard McLemore who offered offering free land to people in order to develop the city.

Meridian and nearby Attractions

  • Clarkco State Park
  • Bluff Hall
  • Bienville National forest
  • Homochitto National Forest
  • Demopolis Country Club

Things To Do In Meridian

Being surrounded by rich vegetation packed in several national forest reserves and state parks, the tourists can enjoy the bounty of nature in Bienville National Forest, Homochitto National Forest and Clarkco State Park. Tourists can also visit the Bluff Hall, which was built by the slaves of Allen Glover in the year 1832 to serve as a wedding gift to his daughter.

Meridian Transportation

Tourists can avail air transportation from Jackson International Airport.

Meridian Higher Education

The city of Meridian offers higher educational facilities at the East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Meridian Community College, and University of West Alabama.

People

Total Population 40,507
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 16,575
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 35.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20%
Median Earnings25+ $25,647
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,610
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,121

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,753
% Above Poverty Level 67.1%
% Below Poverty Level 32.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $670
Median House Value $83,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Meridian Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 86 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 185 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Lauderdale
Standard Zip Codes 39301, 39305, 39307
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39302, 39303, 39304
Company Zip Codes 39309
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.364
Longitude -88.703

Meridian Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MERIDIAN KEY AP
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 58.6 inches
Station MERIDIAN NAAS
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 57 inches
Station QUITMAN 1 N
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Meridian, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Meeham (39301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chunky 406 $41,250
Enterprise 716 $46,250
Hickory 604 $37,734
Marion 1,547 $40,395
Quitman 2,147 $46,635
Stonewall 1,315 $37,039

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Meridian Public Libraries

Library
Meridian-lauderdale County Public Library
2517 SEVENTH STREET
Meridian, Mississippi
(601) 693-6771
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Meridian Hospitals

RILEY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1102 CONSTITUTION AVENUE
(601) 693-2511
Emergency Service: Yes

RUSH FOUNDATION HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1314 19TH AVE
(601) 483-0011
Emergency Service: Yes

JEFF ANDERSON REGIONAL MED CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2124 14 ST
(601) 553-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

ALLIANCE HEALTH CENTER
(Proprietary)
5000 HIGHWAY 39 NORTH
(601) 483-6211
Emergency Service: Yes

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Meridian High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL
2320 32ND STREET
601-482-3191
Serves 1,188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

CLARKDALE ATTENDANCE CENTER
7000 HIGHWAY 145
601-693-4463
Serves 963 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

NORTHEAST LAUDERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
702 BRIARWOOD ROAD
601-679-8523
A Title I School.
Serves 635 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

SOUTHEAST ATTENDANCE CENTER
2362 LONGCREEK RAOD
601-483-5501
A Title I School.
Serves 395 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

MAGNOLIA GROVE SCHOOL
1401 COLLEGE DRIVE
601-481-2432
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.4

BONITA EDUCATIONAL CENTER
730 OAK DRIVE
601-484-5696
A Non-traditional School

ROSS COLLINS VOC CENTER
2640 24TH AVE
601-483-3331
A Vocational School

MARION PARK COMPLEX
2815 25TH ST.
601-484-5166
A Non-traditional School

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