Meridian, Mississippi

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Meridian, Mississippi
City of Meridian
A view of 6th Street in Downtown Meridian
A view of 6th Street in Downtown Meridian
Nickname(s): 
Queen City
Motto(s): 
"A Better Longitude On Life"
Interactive map of Meridian
Coordinates: 32°22′29″N 88°42′15″W / 32.37472°N 88.70417°W / 32.37472; -88.70417Coordinates: 32°22′29″N 88°42′15″W / 32.37472°N 88.70417°W / 32.37472; -88.70417
Country United States
State Mississippi
CountyLauderdale
IncorporatedFebruary 10, 1860; 162 years ago (1860-02-10)
Government
 • MayorJimmie Smith
Area
 • City and county seat54.51 sq mi (141.17 km2)
 • Land53.74 sq mi (139.19 km2)
 • Water0.76 sq mi (1.98 km2)
Elevation
344 ft (105 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City and county seat35,052
 • RankLD: 1st
MS: 7th
 • Density652.24/sq mi (251.83/km2)
 • Metro
107,449
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
39301-39307
Area code(s)601
FIPS code28-46640
GNIS feature ID0673491
Websitewww.meridianms.org

Meridian is the county seat and the most populous city of Lauderdale County in the U.S. state of Mississippi. it is the seventh-largest city in the state (after Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and Tupelo) and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. it serves as a hub for the Eastern Mississippi region. The population was 39,968 at the 2000 census. The current population is larger than in the 2000 census. A recent annexation, in addition to seeing many displaced coastal residents after Hurricane Katrina (many of them have made Meridian their permanent residence), has put the population over 40,000.

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