Meridian, MS

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2021 Population
98,645
2.33% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2021 Median Age
38.7
0% 1-year change
2021 Poverty Rate
23.3%
3.11% 1-year increase
2021 Median Household Income
$41,858
2.85% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$96,100
4.91% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
39,630
1.45% 1-year decline

About

In 2021, Meridian, MS had a population of 98.6k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $41,858. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Meridian, MS declined from 100,998 to 98,645, a −2.33% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,698 to $41,858, a 2.85% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Meridian, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (51.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (43.9%), White (Hispanic) (1.26%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.17%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.568%).

None of the households in Meridian, MS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Meridian, MS are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Meridian, MS are East Mississippi Community College (1,060 degrees awarded in 2021) and Meridian Community College (763 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in Meridian, MS was $96,100, and the homeownership rate was 67.6%.

Most people in Meridian, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Meridian, MS was 2 cars per household.

Meridian, MS borders Laurel, MS.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Meridian, MS is home to a population of 98.6k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2021, 1.37% of Meridian, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.35k people).

In 2021, there were 1.18 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (51k people) in Meridian, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.24k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2021 Citizenship
99.3%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 99.3% of Meridian, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Meridian, MS was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Meridian, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    51k ± 219
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    43.3k ± 286
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.24k ± 218
2%
Hispanic Population
1.97k people

In 2021, there were 1.18 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (51k people) in Meridian, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.24k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2% of the people in Meridian, MS are hispanic (1.97k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    17,687 ± 3,255 people
  2. India
    5,172 ± 1,764 people
  3. Vietnam
    4,317 ± 1,612 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 17,687 Mississippi residents, followed by India with 5,172 and Vietnam with 4,317.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.37%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.35k people
1.37%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.38k people

As of 2021, 1.37% of Meridian, MS residents (1.35k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Meridian, MS was 1.37%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,613 ± 328
  2. Vietnam
    1,554 ± 243
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    887 ± 231

Meridian, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Meridian, MS employs 39.6k people. The largest industries in Meridian, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,442 people), Educational Services (4,300 people), and Retail Trade (4,292 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($94,732), Utilities ($78,051), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,136).

Males in Mississippi have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,883. The income inequality in Mississippi (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

39.6k
2021 Value
± 1,728
−1.45%
1 Year decline
± 6.2%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Meridian, MS declined at a rate of −1.45%, from 40.2k employees to 39.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Meridian, MS, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,480 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,523 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,102 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS.

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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.

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Employment by Industries

39.6k
2021 Value
± 1,728
−1.45%
1 Year decline
± 6.2%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Meridian, MS declined at a rate of −1.45%, from 40.2k employees to 39.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Meridian, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,442 people), Educational Services (4,300 people), and Retail Trade (4,292 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,649
Median earning men ± $3,531
$26,024
Median earning women ± $2,030

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($70,804), Information ($57,750), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,242).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Construction ($38,958), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($35,167), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($33,828).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 894
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 714
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 556
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $781k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $391k
    Manufacturing
  3. $242k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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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. $30.9B
  2. $28.9B
  3. $11.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $30.9B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($28.9B) and Electronics ($11.2B).

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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$180B
2020 Value in Mississippi
$374B
Projected 2050 Value in Mississippi
108% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $180B. This is expected to increase 108% to $374B by 2050.

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. $24.4B
  2. $10.7B
  3. $10.7B

In 2020, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $24.4B, followed by Louisiana with $10.7B and Tennessee and $10.7B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mississippi went to Donald J. Trump with 57.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.611%).

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.

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 following the resignation of Thad Cochran.

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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In 2021, universities in Meridian, MS awarded 1,823 degrees. The student population of Meridian, MS in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 4,294 male students and 7,696 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Meridian, MS are White (939 and 51.5%), followed by Black or African American (788 and 43.2%), Unknown (42 and 2.3%), and Hispanic or Latino (18 and 0.987%).

The largest universities in Meridian, MS by number of degrees awarded are East Mississippi Community College (1,060 and 58.1%) and Meridian Community College (763 and 41.9%).

The most popular majors in Meridian, MS are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (231 and 12.7%), Registered Nursing (182 and 9.98%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (111 and 6.09%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2021 there were 11,990 students enrolled in Meridian, MS, 35.8% men and 64.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,260 records, of which 57.7% were women and 42.3% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 231 degree-majors awarded
  2. 182 degree-majors awarded
  3. 111 degree-majors awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Meridian, MS was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 231 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,060 degrees awarded
  2. 763 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Mississippi Community College with 1,060 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2021, 712 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Meridian, MS, which is 0.641 times less than the 1,111 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 939 degrees mean that there were 1.19 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 788 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($3,410) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($247) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,600) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.976% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.743% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (683k), Some college (549k), and Secondary Education (407k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Meridian, MS was $96,100 in 2021, which is 0.392 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $91,600 to $96,100, a 4.91% increase. The homeownership rate in Meridian, MS is 67.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Meridian, MS have an average commute time of 24.7 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.

Median household income in Meridian, MS is $41,858. In 2021, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Meridian, MS was Madison County, MS with a value of $74,688, followed by DeSoto County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $73,460 and $72,326.

Property

$96,100
Median Property Value 2021
±$6,337
$25,388
Median Property Taxes
±$1,220

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Meridian, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

67.6%
Homeownership
2021
63.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 67.6% of the housing units in Meridian, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.5%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Meridian, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2021, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Meridian, MS was Madison County, MS with a value of $74,688, followed by DeSoto County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $73,460 and $72,326.

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

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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.
$41,858
Median Household Income
± $3,060
37.6k
Number of Households
± 1,608

In 2021, the median household income of the 37.6k households in Meridian, MS grew to $41,858 from the previous year's value of $40,698.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Meridian, MS is from Mississippi.
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2021, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.159% decline from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (82.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.78%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.45%)

In 2021, 82.7% of workers in Meridian, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.78%) and those who worked at home (3.45%).

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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Commute Time

24.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Meridian, MS have a shorter commute time (24.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 3.28% of the workforce in Meridian, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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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.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Meridian, MS (22k out of 94.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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89.1% of the population of Meridian, MS has health coverage, with 38.3% on employee plans, 21.8% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 2.43% 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 1860 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.59% decrease from the previous year (1890 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2031 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 543 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,860 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Mississippi

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,860 patients per year. This represents a 1.59% decrease from the previous year (1,890 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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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.2% under 18 years, 19.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.5% were men and 53.5% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

10.9%
Uninsured
38.3%
Employer Coverage
21.8%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
13.6%
Non-Group
2.43%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Meridian, MS grew by 3.95% from 10.5% to 10.9%.

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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