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.

Demographics

People

Total Population38,602
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens15.6%
Employed Population 16+15,486
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married38.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.6%
Median Earnings25+$28,819
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,009

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,593
% Above Poverty Level71.3%
% Below Poverty Level28.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.7%
Median Gross Rent$703
Median House Value$83,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)62%
English4.3%
Irish4.1%
German3.3%
French Except Basque1.1%
African1%
Scottish1%
Norwegian0.4%
Italian0.4%
Polish0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Dutch0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Russian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Czech0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Australian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Meridian Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyLauderdale County
Standard Zip Codes39305, 39301, 39307
P.O. Box Zip Codes39303, 39302, 39304
Company Zip Codes39309
Phone Area Codes7,69,601
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.46
Approximate Longitude-88.71

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)

StationMERIDIAN KEY AP
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp35 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip58.6 inches
StationMERIDIAN NAAS
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 77 F
Annual Precip57 inches
StationQUITMAN 1 N
Distance20.6 miles
Jan Temp34 to 56 F
Apr Temp49 to 76 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chunky415$38,750
Enterprise650$60,588
Hickory654$26,402
Marion1,522$38,750
Quitman2,001$54,375
Stonewall961$46,250

Meridian Public Libraries

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

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Meridian Hospitals

Rush Foundation Hospital
(Non-profit)
1314 19th Avenue
(601) 483-0011
East Ms State Hospital
(Government - State)
4555 Highland Park Drive
(601) 482-6186
The Specialty Hospital Of Meridian
(Non-profit)
1314 19th Avenue
(601) 486-4211
Riley Hospital
(Proprietary)
1102 Constitution Avenue
(601) 693-2511
Alliance Health System
(Proprietary)
5000 Highway 39 North
(601) 483-6211
Anderson Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2124 14th Street
(601) 553-6000
Regency Hospital Of Meridian
(Proprietary)
1102 Constitution Ave.
(601) 484-7900

Meridian Public Schools

Clarkdale Elementary School
7000 Highway 145
ZIP: 39031
(601) 693-4463
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Clarkdale High School
7000 Highway 145
ZIP: 39301
(601) 693-4463
High
Total Enrollment 263
Clarkdale Middle School
7000 Highway 145
ZIP: 39301
(601) 693-4463
Middle
Total Enrollment 322
Crestwood Elementary School
730 Crestwood Dr.
ZIP: 39301
(601) 482-0395
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Marion Park Complex
2815 25th St.
ZIP: 39301
(601) 484-5166
Other
Southeast Lauderdale Elementary
2362 A Long Creek Road
ZIP: 39301
(601) 486-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Southeast Lauderdale High School
2362 Longcreek Raod
ZIP: 39301
(601) 483-5501
High
Total Enrollment 439
Southeast Lauderdale Middle School
2535 Old Highway 19 S.e.
ZIP: 39301
(601) 485-5751
Middle
Total Enrollment 402
Magnolia Grove School
1401 College Drive
ZIP: 39304
(601) 581-8067
Other
Total Enrollment 20
Magnolia Middle School
1350 24th Street
ZIP: 39305
(601) 484-4064
Middle
Total Enrollment 385
Meridian High School
2320 32nd Street
ZIP: 39305
(601) 485-3848
High
Total Enrollment 1458
Northeast Lauderdale Elementary
6750 Newell Road
ZIP: 39305
(601) 485-4882
Primary
Total Enrollment 899
Northeast Lauderdale High School
702 Briarwood Road
ZIP: 39305
(601) 679-8523
High
Total Enrollment 575
Northeast Lauderdale Middle School
7763 Highway 39 North
ZIP: 39305
(601) 483-3532
Middle
Total Enrollment 677
Parkview Elementary School
1225 26th Street
ZIP: 39305
(601) 484-3616
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Poplar Springs Elementary School
4101 27th Avenue
ZIP: 39305
(601) 484-4455
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Ross Collins Voc Center
2640 24th Ave
ZIP: 39305
(601) 483-3331
High
West Lauderdale Elementary School
10350 Highway 495
ZIP: 39305
(601) 737-2279
Primary
Total Enrollment 743
George Washington Carver Middle
900 44th Avenue
ZIP: 39307
(601) 484-4484
Middle
Total Enrollment 383
Lauderdale Co Educational & Skills
915 Hwy 19 North
ZIP: 39307
(601) 581-3518
High
Total Enrollment 23
Northwest Junior High School
4400 32nd Street
ZIP: 39307
(601) 484-4099
Middle
Total Enrollment 470
Oakland Heights Elementary School
601 59th Ave
ZIP: 39307
(601) 482-3541
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
T J Harris Elementary
3951 12th Street
ZIP: 39307
(601) 482-1683
Primary
Total Enrollment 702
West Hills Elementary School
4100 32nd Street
ZIP: 39307
(601) 484-4474
Primary
Total Enrollment 550

Meridian Private Schools

Russell Christian Academy
1844d Highway 11 And 80
ZIP: 39301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 287
St Patrick Elementary School
2700 Davis St
ZIP: 39301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
Children's Education Connection
6301 Highway 39
ZIP: 39305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Community Christian School
6256 Highway 39 N
ZIP: 39305
Elementary
Total Enrollment 39
Lamar School
544 Lindley Rd
ZIP: 39305
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 485
Calvary Christian School
3917 7th St
ZIP: 39307
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
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