Meridian is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 39,661 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Meridian is the sixth largest community in Mississippi.
Unlike some cities, Meridian isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Meridian are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Meridian is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Meridian who work in office and administrative support (12.99%), sales jobs (12.68%), and healthcare (8.10%).
The population of Meridian overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Meridian, 21.46% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Meridian in 2010 was $20,933, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $83,732 for a family of four. However, Meridian contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Meridian also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.65% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Meridian is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Meridian home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Meridian residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Meridian include English, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Meridian is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Gujarathi.