Introduction to Pearl, Mississippi
Pearl, Mississippi is located 3 miles SE of Jackson, Mississippi and 160 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Rankin county and part of the Jackson metro area. The population of Pearl is 21,961.
During the 1860s, a community was established close to Pearl River. It was initially a rural farming community, and industries were not set up in this region until the mid-1900s. Subsequently, efforts were made to control floods, the Jackson-Evers International Airport was constructed and the area experienced considerable urban expansion. The city of Pearl was incorporated in June of 1973.
Pearl and nearby Attractions
- Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
- Jackson Zoological Park
- Mississippi Museum of Art
- Lefleur's Bluff State Park
- Old State Capitol
Things To Do In Pearl
Local museums and historical sites include Eudora Welty House, Old State Capitol, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Museum of Art. The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum showcases exhibits on the agricultural, aviation and ethnic heritage of the region. Lefleur's Bluff State Park, occupying over 300 acres of land, provides recreational opportunities like fishing, picnicking and camping. The park also has nature trails, tennis courts and a golf course. The Pearl Municipal Golf Course is nearby, and the Patton Plaza Shopping Center is a popular local shopping malls. The community also celebrates Pearl Day on June 29 of every year.
Jackson-Evers International is the nearest major airport.
Pearl Higher Education
The city of Pearl is home to Hinds Community College-Rankin Campus. Jackson State University, Mississippi College and Belhaven College are also nearby.