Meridian, MS
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With a crime rate of 60 per one thousand residents, Meridian has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 17. Within Mississippi, more than 93% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Meridian.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 39,661, Meridian has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Meridian does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Meridian.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Meridian does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Meridian.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Meridian occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Meridian; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 194. This equates to a rate of 5 per one thousand inhabitants.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Meridian experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Meridian is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Meridian, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 18, which is a rate of 54 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Meridian has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Meridian is one in 303.

Meridian Crime Data

 

Crime Index

3

(100 is safest)


Safer than 3% of U.S. Cities

Meridian Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

204

2,159

2,363

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

5.14

54.44

59.58

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Meridian 5.14
Mississippi 2.76

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 194

in Meridian

1 in 363

in Mississippi

Meridian VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 39,661
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 7 18 112 67
Rate per 1,000 0.18 0.45 2.82 1.69

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Meridian 54.44
Mississippi 28.34

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 18

in Meridian

1 in 35

in Mississippi

Meridian Property CRIMES

Population: 39,661
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 797 1,231 131
Rate per 1,000 20.10 31.04 3.30

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Meridian Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Meridian 43
Mississippi 21