Meridian, MS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2019 Population
101,992
1.32% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
38.7
0% 1-year change
2019 Poverty Rate
21.3%
4.17% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$41,107
3.11% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$88,700
2.31% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
40,770
0.435% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Meridian, MS had a population of 102k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $41,107. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Meridian, MS declined from 103,358 to 101,992, a −1.32% decrease and its median household income grew from $39,867 to $41,107, a 3.11% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Meridian, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (52.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (44.1%), White (Hispanic) (1.37%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.6%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.502%). 0% of the households in Meridian, MS speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

99% of the residents in Meridian, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Meridian, MS are East Mississippi Community College (1,073 degrees awarded in 2019) and Meridian Community College (943 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Meridian, MS was $88,700, and the homeownership rate was 68.3%. Most people in Meridian, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Meridian, MS was 2 cars per household.

Meridian, MS borders Laurel, MS.

Diversity

Meridian, MS is home to a population of 102k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2019, 1.5% of Meridian, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.53k people).

In 2019, there were 1.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.4k people) in Meridian, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.4k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Meridian, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    53.4k ± 31
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    45k ± 226
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.4k ± 255
1.85%
Hispanic Population
1.88k people

In 2019, there were 1.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.4k people) in Meridian, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.4k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.85% of the people in Meridian, MS are hispanic (1.88k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Meridian, MS as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.5%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.53k people
1.54%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.59k people

As of 2019, 1.5% of Meridian, MS residents (1.53k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Meridian, MS was 1.54%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
35
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.7

In 2019, the median age of all people in Meridian, MS was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Meridian, MS are getting staying the same age. In 2018, the average age of all Meridian, MS residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    20,974 ± 3,543 people
  2. India
    5,148 ± 1,760 people
  3. Vietnam
    3,866 ± 1,526 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 20,974 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,148 and Vietnam with 3,866.

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Citizenship

99%
2019 Citizenship
99%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99% of Meridian, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Meridian, MS was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,956 ± 302
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,429 ± 264
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    829 ± 199

Meridian, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Mississippi, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Mississippi (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Mississippi.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Mississippi across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Meridian, MS is $41,107. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Meridian, MS was Madison County, MS with a value of $68,171, followed by Rankin County, MS and DeSoto County, MS, with respective values of $67,012 and $66,078.

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,310. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Meridian, MS employs 40.8k people. The largest industries in Meridian, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,420 people), Retail Trade (4,500 people), and Manufacturing (4,237 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($103,497), Utilities ($74,100), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,000).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,107
2019 value
± $1,517
3.11%
1 Year Growth
± 5.58%

Households in Meridian, MS have a median annual income of $41,107, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $39,867 in 2018, which represents a 3.11% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$55,021
Average Male Salary in Mississippi
± $1,808
$39,310
Average Female Salary in Mississippi
± $1,236

In 2019, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Mississippi
  1. Asian
    $48,743 ± $12,305
  2. White
    $48,350 ± $1,460
  3. Other
    $36,365 ± $10,998

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.01 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Mississippi.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Meridian, MS is from Mississippi.
0.445
2019 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.442
2018 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2019, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.445 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.611% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Mississippi across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Meridian, MS was Madison County, MS with a value of $68,171, followed by Rankin County, MS and DeSoto County, MS, with respective values of $67,012 and $66,078.

The following map shows all of the counties in Meridian, MS colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Meridian, MS (20.8k out of 97.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    15,232 ± 870
  2. White
    5,160 ± 553
  3. Hispanic
    319 ± 168

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Meridian, MS is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

40.8k
2019 Value
± 1,656
−0.435%
1 Year decline
± 5.55%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Meridian, MS declined at a rate of −0.435%, from 40.9k employees to 40.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Meridian, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,279 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,278 people), and Production Occupations (3,226 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,279 people), Sales & Related Occupations (4,278 people), and Production Occupations (3,226 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Meridian, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.91 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.78 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.51 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($60,208), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($56,579), and Legal Occupations ($52,340).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

40.8k
2019 Value
± 1,656
−0.435%
1 Year decline
± 5.55%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Meridian, MS declined at a rate of −0.435%, from 40.9k employees to 40.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Meridian, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,420 people), Retail Trade (4,500 people), and Manufacturing (4,237 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Meridian, MS, though some of these residents may live in Meridian, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Meridian, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,420 people), Retail Trade (4,500 people), and Manufacturing (4,237 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Meridian, MS has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.87 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.49 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Meridian, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($103,497), Utilities ($74,100), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,000).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $33.5B
  2. $26.7B
  3. $14B

In 2018, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $33.5B, followed by Textiles/leather ($26.7B) and Mixed freight ($14B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Mississippi products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$198B
2018 Value in Mississippi
$331B
Projected 2045 Value in Mississippi
66.9% growth

In 2018, total outbound Mississippi trade was $198B. This is expected to increase 66.9% to $331B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Mississippi trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31.4B
  2. $15.1B
  3. $14.8B

In 2018, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $31.4B, followed by Tennessee with $15.1B and Louisiana and $14.8B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Mississippi shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Mississippi went to Donald J. Trump with 57.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.1%), followed by Gary Johnson (1.19%). The most partisan county was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Mississippi
57.9% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Mississippi
  1. 87.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 87% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.8% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Mississippi was George County, MS with 87.9% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Mississippi colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Trent Lott.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat after Thad Cochran's resignation.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Mississippi over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Mississippi have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Meridian, MS awarded 2,016 degrees. The student population of Meridian, MS is skewed towards women, with 2,725 male students and 4,509 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Meridian, MS are White (992 and 49.2%), followed by Black or African American (879 and 43.6%), Unknown (53 and 2.63%), and Two or More Races (30 and 1.49%).

The largest universities in Meridian, MS by number of degrees awarded are East Mississippi Community College (1,073 and 53.2%) and Meridian Community College (943 and 46.8%).

The most popular majors in Meridian, MS are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (255 and 12.6%), Registered Nursing (214 and 10.6%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (100 and 4.96%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 255 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 214 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 100 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Meridian, MS was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 255 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Meridian, MS according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,073 degrees awarded
  2. 943 degrees awarded

In 2019, the Meridian, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Mississippi Community College with 1,073 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

815
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,201
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 815 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Meridian, MS, which is 0.679 times less than the 1,201 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Meridian, MS by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    992 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    879 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    53 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Meridian, MS was White students. These 992 degrees mean that there were 1.13 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 879 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Meridian, MS was $88,700 in 2019, which is 0.369 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $86,700 to $88,700, a 2.31% increase. The homeownership rate in Meridian, MS is 68.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Meridian, MS have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Meridian, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$88,700
2019 Median
± $3,009
$86,700
2018 Median
± $2,964

In 2019, the median property value in Meridian, MS grew to to $88,700 from the previous year's value of $86,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Meridian, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Meridian, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$41,107
Median Household Income
± $1,517
39.6k
Number of Households
± 1,477

In 2019, the median household income of the 39.6k households in Meridian, MS grew to $41,107 from the previous year's value of $39,867.

The following chart displays the households in Meridian, MS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Meridian, MS distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Meridian, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.3%
2019 Homeownership
68.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 68.3% of the housing units in Meridian, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Meridian, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Meridian, MS have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.39% of the workforce in Meridian, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (83.7%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Other (2.42%)

In 2019, 83.7% of workers in Meridian, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (2.42%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Meridian, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Meridian, MS have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

89.4% of the population of Meridian, MS has health coverage, with 40.2% on employee plans, 20.9% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 2.47% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Mississippi was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see 1890 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0529% increase from the previous year (1889 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2051 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 591 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (24.6%). Additionally, Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (53.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,890 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mississippi

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,890 patients per year. This represents a 0.0529% increase from the previous year (1,889 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Mississippi in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Mississippi
$4,045
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,690
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,021
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.6%
Uninsured
40.2%
Employer Coverage
20.9%
Medicaid
12.7%
Medicare
13.2%
Non-Group
2.47%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Meridian, MS declined by 11.6% from 11.9% to 10.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Meridian, MS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 24.6% prevalence
  2. 24.3% prevalence
  3. 24.2% prevalence

Sunflower County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 24.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi by county over multiple years.

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