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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.
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's troops systematically destroyed the city's railroads, warehouses and arsenals in 1864
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.
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.
18% of Meridian residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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
Median rent in Meridian, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $301. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $699.
Libraries in Meridian include Meridian Lauderdale County Public Library ... View libraries
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.
Lauderdale County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Meridian political report.
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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