Meridian, MS

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Population

104,392

1.11% decline

Poverty Rate

22%


Median Age

38.7


Median Household Income

$38,774

5.49% growth

Number of Employees

41,696

0.194% decline

Median Property Value

$83,800

2.44% growth

About

In 2017, Meridian, MS had a population of 104k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $38,774. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Meridian, MS declined from 105,564 to 104,392, a -1.11% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,757 to $38,774, a 5.49% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Meridian, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (52.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (43.3%), White (Hispanic) (1.29%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (0.873%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.503%). N/A% of the people in Meridian, MS speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Meridian, MS are East Mississippi Community College (1,286 degrees awarded in 2017) and Meridian Community College (887 degrees).

The median property value in Meridian, MS is $83,800, and the homeownership rate is 69.4%. Most people in Meridian, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Meridian, MS is 2 cars per household.

Meridian, MS borders Laurel, MS.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Meridian, MS employs 41.7k people. The largest industries in Meridian, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,397 people), Retail Trade (5,337 people), and Manufacturing (4,242 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,670), Utilities ($56,993), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,898).

Median household income in Meridian, MS is $38,774. Males in Meridian, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Meridian, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,774

2017 value

± $2,042

5.49%

1 Year Growth

± 6.49%

Households in Meridian, MS have a median annual income of $38,774, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,757 in 2016, which represents a 5.49% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.43 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Meridian, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Meridian, MS was Madison County, MS with a value of $75,992, followed by DeSoto County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $68,385 and $66,480.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Meridian, MS (22k out of 99.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 18 - 24.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    16,166 ± 893

  2. White

    5,323 ± 551

  3. Hispanic

    295 ± 160

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

41.7k

2017 Value

± 1,522

-0.194%

1 Year decline

± 5.11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Meridian, MS declined at a rate of -0.194%, from 41.8k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Meridian, MS, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,123 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,869 people), and Management Occupations (3,334 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (5,123 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,869 people), and Management Occupations (3,334 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Meridian, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.56 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.55 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.41 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Meridian, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($62,721), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($59,688), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($56,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

41.7k

2017 Value

± 1,522

-0.194%

1 Year decline

± 5.11%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Meridian, MS declined at a rate of -0.194%, from 41.8k employees to 41.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Meridian, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,397 people), Retail Trade (5,337 people), and Manufacturing (4,242 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Meridian, MS, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (7,397 people), Retail Trade (5,337 people), and Manufacturing (4,242 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Meridian, MS has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.04 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.14 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Meridian, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,670), Utilities ($56,993), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,898).

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Domestic Trade

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. $46.3B

  2. $23.9B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $46.3B, followed by Textiles/leather ($23.9B) and Mixed freight ($14.2B).

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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$206B

2020 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

34.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $206B. This is expected to increase 34.7% to $277B by 2045.

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. $37.6B

  2. $18B

  3. $17.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $37.6B, followed by Tennessee with $18B and Louisiana and $17.5B.

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

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Health

87.4% of the population of Meridian, MS has health coverage, with 38.9% on employee plans, 21.9% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.37% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Meridian, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Meridian, MS see 1883 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1896 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2186 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 764 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,883 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,883 patients per year. This represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1,896 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.6%

Uninsured

38.9%

Employer Coverage

21.9%

Medicaid

11.5%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

2.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Meridian, MS declined by 9.76% from 13.9% to 12.6%.

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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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Meridian, MS is home to a population of 104k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.36% of Meridian, MS residents were born outside of the country (1.42k people).

In 2017, there were 1.22 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (55.1k people) in Meridian, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.35k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Meridian, MS was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Meridian, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Meridian, MS residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.36%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.42k people

1.43%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.51k people

As of 2017, 1.36% of Meridian, MS residents (1.42k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Meridian, MS was 1.43%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Meridian, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Meridian, MS was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Meridian, MS

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    55.1k ± 26

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    45.2k ± 336

  3. White (Hispanic)

    1.35k ± 275

In 2017, there were 1.22 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (55.1k people) in Meridian, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 45.2k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.35k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,081 ± 235

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,175 ± 260

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    809 ± 172

Meridian, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Meridian, MS awarded 2,173 degrees. The student population of Meridian, MS is skewed towards women, with 2,820 male students and 4,643 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Meridian, MS are White (1,222 and 56.2%), followed by Black or African American (811 and 37.3%), Unknown (47 and 2.16%), and Two or More Races (35 and 1.61%).

The largest universities in Meridian, MS by number of degrees awarded are East Mississippi Community College (1,286 and 59.2%) and Meridian Community College (887 and 40.8%).

The most popular majors in Meridian, MS are Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (238 and 11%), Registered Nursing (222 and 10.2%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (216 and 9.94%).

The median tuition costs in Meridian, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 238 degrees awarded

  2. 222 degrees awarded

  3. 216 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Meridian, MS was Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities with 238 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,286 degrees awarded

  2. 887 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Meridian, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Mississippi Community College with 1,286 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

889

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,284

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 889 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Meridian, MS, which is 0.692 times less than the 1,284 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,222 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    811 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    47 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Meridian, MS were to White students. These 1,222 degrees mean that there were 1.51 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 811 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Meridian, MS was $83,800 in 2017, which is 0.365 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $81,800 to $83,800, a 2.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Meridian, MS is 69.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Meridian, MS have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Meridian, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$83,800

2017 Median

± $3,121

$81,800

2016 Median

± $2,427

In 2017, the median property value in Meridian, MS grew to to $83,800 from the previous year's value of $81,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Meridian, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Meridian, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$38,774

Median Household Income

± $2,042

40k

Number of Households

± 1,427

In 2017, the median household income of the 40k households in Meridian, MS grew to $38,774 from the previous year's value of $36,757.

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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Meridian, MS 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.

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Rent vs Own

69.4%

2017 Homeownership

68.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69.4% of the housing units in Meridian, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Meridian, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Meridian, MS have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.81% of the workforce in Meridian, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.9%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Walked

    2.73%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Meridian, MS was Drove Alone (82.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Walked (2.73%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 3 cars.

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