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.

Pearl History

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.

Pearl Transportation

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.


Total Population 26,222
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 12,135
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $31,397
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,052
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,254


Median Family Income $47,075
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 26.3%
Median Gross Rent $788
Median House Value $110,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 12.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pearl Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 160 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Rankin
Metro Area Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 39208
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39288
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.274
Longitude -90.131

Pearl Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 52 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55.9 inches
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 58 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 60.6 inches
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 57 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 60.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brandon 22,897 $83,478
Florence 4,279 $71,477
Flowood 8,385 $65,576
Jackson 173,212 $39,196
Richland 7,055 $57,009
Ridgeland 24,276 $70,540

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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