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City of Meridian
Nickname(s): 
Location of Meridian in Lauderdale County
Location of Meridian in Lauderdale County
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Lauderdale
Founded 1854
Incorporated 1860
Government
 • Mayor John Robert Smith
Area
 • Total 45.9 sq mi (118.8 km2)
 • Land 45.1 sq mi (116.9 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation
344 ft (105 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 39,968
 • Density 153.1/sq mi (396.5/km2)

Meridian is the county seat of Lauderdale County in Mississippi, a state of the United States of America. Meridian is the fifth largest city in Mississippi and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. 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), have put the population over 40,000.

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