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The U.S. Postal Service sometimes lists addresses in Cranmore, Josephine, Lira, Progress, and Tarke as being in Meridian, because they are all in the 95957 zip code. However, on the Yuba-Sutter Wiki, we prefer listing the more specific locations.
Meridian probably takes its name from the fact that it is on the Mount Diablo meridian.1 It has had its own post office since 1863. A 1934 map from the California Division of Highways shows a place called Beet Spur one mile east of Meridian along the Union Pacific Railroad and a place called Hageman another mile and a half east of that along the railroad.
As of a July 2007 estimate, residents' median age was 37 years.2
The U.S. Census Bureau combines Meridian with Cranmore, Kirkville, and Robbins as a single census-designated place with a total area of 186.1 square miles. The 2000 census found that 72.1% of residents of the Meridian-Robbins area were white and non-Hispanic, followed by 38.2% of residents who were Hispanic.3
Of Meridian residents 25 or older, 61.6% had at least a high school degree, 15.4% had at least a bachelor's degree, and 4.2% had a graduate or professional degree.
Of residents 15 or older in Meridian, Cranmore, Kirkville, and Robbins combined, 61.3% were married, 23.8% had never married, 8.3% were divorced, 6.6% were widowed, and 2.4% were separated.
For employed Meridian residents, the average travel time to work was 25 minutes. The most common industries for males to work in were farming (50%) and the construction industry (10%). The most common industries for females to work in were farming (18%) and education (14%). The Meridian-Robbins area has an unusually high proportion of farm workers, compared to the rest of the Yuba-Sutter region.
The 2007 median annual household income in the Meridian-Robbins area was $49,458. The 2008 median home price in Meridian was $156,490. 18.9% of residents in the Meridian-Robbins area were below the poverty level in 2007, and 11.2% were below half the poverty level.
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1. California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State by David L. Durham. Word Dancer Press, 1998
2. Sperling's Best Places: Meridian
3. City Data: Meridian-Robbins, California