Meriden is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 59,988 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Meriden is the 12th largest community in Connecticut.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Meriden is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Meriden is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Meriden who work in office and administrative support (15.09%), sales jobs (11.39%), and management occupations (7.17%).
In terms of college education, Meriden is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.84% of adults 25 and older in Meriden have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Meriden in 2010 was $27,483, which is low income relative to Connecticut, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,932 for a family of four. However, Meriden contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Meriden is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Meriden home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Meriden residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Meriden also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Meriden include Irish, Polish, German, and English.
The most common language spoken in Meriden is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.