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Meridian is a city in Lauderdale County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named by settlers who mistakenly thought the word meant "junction"

The latitude of Meridian is 32.364N. The longitude is -88.703W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 344 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 39,559.


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Median household income
Local
$25,085
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Meridian demographic reports
Meridian is near the Alabama border
Former and merged names include:
· Baldwin
Railroad town that served as a supply depot to Confederate forces during the Civil War

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's troops systematically destroyed the city's railroads, warehouses and arsenals in 1864

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 195. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 4.9 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Meridian received national attention for July 2003 factory shootings, in which an employee of a Lockheed Martin plant killed five co-workers
Well-known residents have included:
· Sela Ward, actress
· David Ruffin, singer (The Temptations)
· Jimmie Rodgers, country singer
· Steve Forbert, singer and songwriter
Local festivals include:
  • Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival - Nov. 3, 2007
  • Queen City Fair - Oct. 1-7, 2007
  • Threefoot Arts Festival - October 13, 2007
  • Soule Live Steam Festival - Nov. 2-3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Meridian web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Meridian Little Theatre, Meridian Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Dunn's Falls
Historic sites and museums: Grand Opera House, Chaney Memorial Site, Causeyville General Store, Dentzel Carousel, Jimmie Rodgers Museum
Colleges and universities: Meridian Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 76

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Meridian demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lauderdale County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 39307 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Meridian residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Meridian ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Meridian was $15,255, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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18% of Meridian residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Meridian include East End Historic District, Highland Park, Highlands Historic District, Meridian Urban Center Historic District, Merrehope Historic District, Mid-Town Historic District, Poplar Springs Road Historic District, Union Station Historic District, West End Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Meridian, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $301.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $699.


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Libraries in Meridian include Meridian Lauderdale County Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Meridian include Meridian Star

TV stations in Meridian include WGBC, WMAW, WMDN, WTOK.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WMAW-FM.

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Lauderdale County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Meridian political report.

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The average commute time for Meridian workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 17 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Meridian between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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