Meridian is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 39,113 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Meridian is the sixth largest community in Mississippi.
Meridian is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 sales jobs (13.84%), office and administrative support (12.96%), and healthcare (8.50%).
One of the benefits of Meridian is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.16 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
A lot of people in Meridian take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Meridian, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In terms of college education, Meridian is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.59% of adults 25 and older in Meridian have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Meridian in 2010 was $20,785, 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 $83,140 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 31.52% 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, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Meridian is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.