Lauderdale County is located in east-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Meridian and the largest city is Meridian. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.lauderdalecounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 79,739 and the 2010 census population was 80,261. The land area is 703.63 square miles and there are 114.1 persons per square mile.
55% of the population is White, 42.9% is Black or African American, 2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.9% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.9% is two or more races. 84.1% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $87,400, there are 29,809 households, an average of 2.56 persons per household. The per capita income is $21,346, the median household income is $36,203, and 24.1% of the persons in Lauderdale County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 6,323. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,320,584, and sales per capita were $16,936. The percentage of black-owned firms is 19%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 26.2%.
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