Ridgeland, Mississippi

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Ridgeland, Mississippi

Introduction to Ridgeland, Mississippi

Ridgeland, Mississippi, in Madison county, is located 9 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center) and is 171 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is considered part of the Jackson metropolitan area and has a population of 20,173.

Ridgeland History

Ridgeland was originally known as Turner Brashear's Stand. In the early years of its existence, the place has been known under various names. Edward Treakle and Gordon Nichols, who were two real estate developers from Chicago, bought the land from Yellowley. With the purchased land, these real estate developers established the Highland Colony. It was at this time that plans were made to have a town named Ridgeland.

Ridgeland and nearby Attractions

  • Ridgeland Plaza Shopping Center
  • Old Trace Park
  • Rick's Recreation Center
  • Old Capitol Museum

Things To Do In Ridgeland

Ridgeland Plaza Shopping Center, Oak Plaza Shopping Center and North Park Mall are great havens for shopaholics. Rick's Recreation Center is a very popular tourist attraction. The Old Trace Park also offers a host of recreational facilities. Another notable attraction that must not be missed is the Old Capitol Museum. Ridgeland hosts the Red Hot Red Hat Weekend, and Renaissance Fine Arts Festival every year.

Ridgeland Transportation

Jackson International Airport is close to Ridgeland.

Ridgeland Higher Education

The higher education institutes near Ridgeland include Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Hinds Community College, and Holmes Community College.

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High Points

Ridgeland strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Mississippi):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Ridgeland Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Ridgeland Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Ridgeland College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Ridgeland People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Ridgeland Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Ridgeland Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 16% Ridgeland Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Ridgeland, Mississippi

Comparing Ridgeland to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Mississippi (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Racial Diversity 8 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 5
Female Share of the Population 7 3
Male Share of the Population 4 8
Age of the Population 2 4
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 5
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 7 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 10
People Above Poverty 6 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 7 7
Working at Home 6 9
Walking and Biking to Work 4 8
Public Transportation Use 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Affordability of Rents 4 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 6 8
Low Property Crime 4 6

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Ridgeland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles N of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 171 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Madison
Metro Area Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 39157
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39158
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.428
Longitude -90.132

Ridgeland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.2 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
Station CANTON 4 N
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55.7 inches
Distance 32.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 57.4 inches
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Ridgeland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,173 100%
Male 9,549 47.3%
Female 10,624 52.7%
Under 18 4,712 23.4%
18+ 15,461 76.6%
65+ 1,663 8.2%
Median Age 31.9
Average Family Size 2.9
White 15,544 77.1%
African-American 3,719 18.4%
Asian 596 3%
American Indian & Alaskan 30 0.1%
Other 110 0.5%
Mixed Race 166 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 313 1.6%

Estimated Ridgeland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,236
Growth 1,063
Growth % 5.3%

Ridgeland Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.2%
US/American 14.3%
English 12.2%
Irish 10.6%
German 6.6%
Scotch-Irish 4.9%
Scottish 3.9%
French (except Basque) 3%
Italian 2.3%
European 2.3%
French Canadian 1.2%
African 1%
Polish 0.8%
British 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ridgeland 20,173 $59,249
Clinton 23,347 $53,482
Flora 1,546 $41,324
Flowood 4,750 $49,767
Jackson 184,256 $36,003
Madison 14,692 $77,202
Pearl 21,961 $42,013

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1070 East County Line Rd

Wal-mart in Ridgeland

(As of 2006)
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(601) 956-2717
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