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Overview

Introduction to Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson is Mississippi's largest city and also its capital city. Situated on the Pearl River, the city is located roughly halfway between the cities of Dallas, Texas (about 400 miles to the west) and Atlanta, Georgia (to the east). Jackson is surrounded by several major thoroughfares, including Interstates I-20, I-55, and I-220; U.S. Routes 49, 51, and 80; and Mississippi State Highways 18 and 25.

Founded in 1821, the community originally known as "LeFleur's Bluff" was selected as the ideal site for a town that could become the Mississippi state capital. An 1821 legislative act authorized the location to be the permanent seat of government for the state and deemed that it be named Jackson, in honor of Major General Andrew Jackson who would later become the seventh president of the United States. The following year, Jackson became incorporated as a city. During the Civil War, the city became the target of Union troops, who ravaged and burned it several times under the command of General William T. Sherman. Post-war recovery was slow, but by the turn of the 20th century, Jackson began to experience a sharp rise in its population and it soon became one of the Sunbelt's most dynamic growth regions. Industrial development was spurred in the 1930s by the nearby discovery of natural gas. During the 1960s and early 1970s, the city was the scene of racial unrest, epitomized by the 1963 slaying of civil rights activist and NAACP leader Medgar Evers by a white supremacist. Subsequent decades have seen improvement in the state of race relations; in 2004, Jackson City Council members voted unanimously to rename Jackson International Airport in honor of Medgar Evers.

Points of Interest in Jackson

Residents of Jackson are proud of their music, their cuisine, and also their numerous cultural and recreational sites. The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, located almost adjacent to the State Capitol building, celebrates the African American experience in the Deep South through art, photography, and artifacts. The museum is housed in the former Smith Robertson School, which opened in 1894 and was the first public school built for African Americans in Jackson. Another highlight of downtown Jackson is the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, which features breathtaking space scenes, colorful laser images, and exciting large-format films. One of Jackson's premiere landmarks is the Jackson Zoo, which has been in existence since 1919. Servicing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, the zoo features over one hundred different species of animal, several of which are considered endangered. Among Jackson's other significant attractions are the following:

  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Medgar Evers Home Museum
  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
  • Thalia Mara Hall
  • New Stage Theatre
  • Manship House Museum
  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Eudora Welty House Museum
  • Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Jackson is home to a professional baseball team. The Mississippi Braves are a minor league team which plays in the Class-AA Southern League. The Braves, whose home field is actually located in Pearl, Mississippi, a Jackson suburb, is affiliated with Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. Soccer fans in Jackson can root for Mississippi Brilla, a member of the United Soccer League's Premier Development League (PDL). Jackson is also home to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, recently acclaimed by ESPN as one of the nation's best museums for American Baseball History.

Demographics

People

Total Population172,039
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens11.1%
Employed Population 16+69,395
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married28.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.9%
Median Earnings25+$26,371
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,589
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,499

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,134
% Above Poverty Level69.3%
% Below Poverty Level30.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$767
Median House Value$89,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)77.7%
English3%
Irish2.1%
German1.6%
African1.2%
Scottish0.9%
Italian0.6%
French Except Basque0.5%
Dutch0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Polish0.2%
Arab0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Greek0.1%
Russian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Jackson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hinds County, Rankin County
Standard Zip Codes39201, 39202, 39203, 39204, 39206, 39209, 39211, 39212, 39213, 39216, 39269, 39208, 39218, 39232, 39272
P.O. Box Zip Codes39205, 39207, 39215, 39225, 39236, 39282, 39283, 39284, 39286, 39289, 39296, 39298, 39288
Company Zip Codes39210, 39217, 39250, 39271
Phone Area Codes769,601
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.29
Approximate Longitude-90.18

Jackson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationJACKSON THOMPSON AP
Distance6.1 miles
Jan Temp35 to 55 F
Apr Temp52 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 77 F
Annual Precip55.9 inches
StationPELAHATCHIE
Distance23.5 miles
Jan Temp35 to 58 F
Apr Temp51 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip60.6 inches
StationCRYSTAL SPRINGS EXP STN
Distance25.3 miles
Jan Temp36 to 57 F
Apr Temp53 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 79 F
Annual Precip60.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clinton25,411$72,950
Florence4,313$81,195
Flowood8,532$76,150
Pearl26,344$47,874
Richland7,069$51,867
Ridgeland24,338$70,138

Jackson Public Libraries

Jackson/hinds Library System
300 NORTH STATE STREET
Jackson, Mississippi
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Jackson Hospitals

G.v. (sonny) Montgomery Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
1500 E Woodrow Wilson Dr
Central Ms Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1850 Chadwick Drive
(601) 376-1000
Regency Hospital Of Jackson
(Proprietary)
969 Lakeland Drive 6th Floor
(601) 364-6200
St. Dominic-jackson Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
969 Lakeland Drive
(601) 200-2000
University Hospital And Clinics - The University Of Mississippi Medical Center
(Government - State)
2500 North State Street
(601) 984-4100
Ms Baptist Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1225 North State Street
(601) 968-1000
Ms Methodist Rehabilitation Center
(Non-profit)
1350 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
(601) 981-2611
Ms Hospital For Restorative Care
(Non-profit)
1225 North State Street
(601) 973-1661
Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare
(Proprietary)
3531 Lakeland Drive
(601) 936-2024
Select Specialty Hospital - Jackson
(Proprietary)
5903 Ridgewood Road
(601) 899-3000

Jackson Public Schools

Brown Elementary School
146 E Ash Street
ZIP: 39202
(601) 960-5326
Primary
Total Enrollment 209
Power Apac School
1120 Riverside Drive
ZIP: 39202
(601) 960-5387
Other
Total Enrollment 145
Murrah High School
1400 Murrah Drive
ZIP: 39202
(601) 960-5380
High
Total Enrollment 1567
Davis Magnet School
750 N Congress Street
ZIP: 39202
(601) 960-5333
Primary
Total Enrollment 288
Bailey Middle Apac School
1900 N State Street
ZIP: 39202
(601) 960-5343
Middle
Total Enrollment 565
Rowan Middle School
136 E Ash Street
ZIP: 39202
(601) 960-5349
Middle
Total Enrollment 206
Galloway Elementary School
186 Idlewild Street
ZIP: 39203
(601) 960-5313
Primary
Total Enrollment 324
Lanier High School
833 W Maple Street
ZIP: 39203
(601) 960-5369
High
Total Enrollment 814
Poindexter Elementary School
1017 Robinson Street
ZIP: 39203
(601) 960-5304
Primary
Total Enrollment 160
Blackburn Middle School
1311 W Pearl Street
ZIP: 39203
(601) 960-5329
Middle
Total Enrollment 507
Barr Elementary School
1593 W Capitol Street
ZIP: 39203
(601) 960-5336
Primary
Total Enrollment 151
Jim Hill High School
2185 Fortune Street
ZIP: 39204
(601) 960-5354
High
Total Enrollment 1251
Key Elementary School
699 W. Mcdowell Road
ZIP: 39204
(601) 371-4333
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Woodville Heights Elementary School
2930 Mcdowell Road Extension
ZIP: 39204
(601) 371-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
Wilkins Elementary School
1970 Castle Hill Drive
ZIP: 39204
(601) 371-4306
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Isable Elementary School
1716 Isable Street
ZIP: 39204
(601) 960-5310
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Wingfield High School
1985 Scanlon Drive
ZIP: 39204
(601) 371-4350
High
Total Enrollment 821
George Elementary School
1020 Hunter Street
ZIP: 39204
(601) 960-5339
Primary
Total Enrollment 170
Lester Elementary School
2350 Oakhurst Drive
ZIP: 39204
(601) 371-4339
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
Kirksey Middle School
651 James M. Davis Drive
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-8367
Middle
Total Enrollment 298
Green Elementary School
610 Forest Avenue
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3519
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
North Jackson Elementary School
650 N. James M. Davis Drive
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3528
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Mcwillie Elementary School
4851 Mcwillie Circle
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3709
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Chastain Middle School
4650 Manhattan Road
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3550
Middle
Total Enrollment 682
Watkins Elementary School
3915 Watkins Drive
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3594
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Callaway High School
601 Beasley Road
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3535
High
Total Enrollment 1123
Boyd Elementary School
4531 Broadmeadow Drive
ZIP: 39206
(601) 987-3504
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Lake Elementary School
472 Mt Vernon Avenue
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5308
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Hardy Middle School
545 Ellis Avenue
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5362
Middle
Total Enrollment 530
Provine High School
2400 Robinson Road
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5393
High
Total Enrollment 1090
John Hopkins Elementary School
170 John Hopkins Road
ZIP: 39209
(601) 923-2540
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Career Development Center
2703 First Avenue
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5322
High
Van Winkle Elementary School
1655 Whiting Road
ZIP: 39209
(601) 923-2547
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
Clausell Elementary School
3330 Harley Street
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5319
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Timberlawn Elementary School
1980 N Siwell Road
ZIP: 39209
(601) 923-2556
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Raines Elementary School
156 Flag Chapel Road
ZIP: 39209
(601) 923-2544
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
French Elementary School
311 Joel Avenue
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5316
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Siwell Middle School
1983 N Siwell Road
ZIP: 39209
(601) 923-2550
Middle
Total Enrollment 546
Pecan Park Elementary School
415 Claiborne Avenue
ZIP: 39209
(601) 960-5444
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Ms School For The Deaf Secondary
1253 Eastover Drive
ZIP: 39211
(601) 984-8000
Other
Total Enrollment 64
Ms School For The Blind Hs
1252 Eastover Drive
ZIP: 39211
(601) 984-8200
Other
Total Enrollment 54
Spann Elementary School
1615 Brecon Drive
ZIP: 39211
(601) 987-3532
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Casey Elementary School
2101 Lake Circle
ZIP: 39211
(601) 987-3510
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Ms School For The Deaf Elementary
1253 Eastover Drive
ZIP: 39211
(601) 984-8000
Primary
Total Enrollment 33
Mc Leod Elementary School
1616 Sandlewood Place
ZIP: 39211
(601) 987-3597
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Lee Elementary School
330 Judy Street
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4336
Primary
Total Enrollment 342
Marshall Elementary School
2909 Oak Forest Drive
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4342
Primary
Total Enrollment 461
Sykes Elementary School
3555 Simpson Street
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4303
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Oak Forest Elementary School
1831 Smallwood Drive
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4330
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Peeples Middle School
2940 Belvedere Drive
ZIP: 39212
(601) 346-5660
Middle
Total Enrollment 531
Baker Elementary School
300 East Santa Clair Street
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4327
Primary
Total Enrollment 384
Whitten Middle School
210 Daniel Lake Boulevard
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4309
Middle
Total Enrollment 531
Forest Hill High School
2607 Raymond Road
ZIP: 39212
(601) 371-4313
High
Total Enrollment 1148
Cardozo Middle School
3180 Mcdowell Rd Ext
ZIP: 39212
(601) 346-5635
Middle
Total Enrollment 591
Bates Elementary School
3180 Mcdowell Road Ext
ZIP: 39212
(601) 346-1412
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Johnson Elementary School
1339 Oakpark Drive
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3501
Primary
Total Enrollment 504
Capital City Alternative School
2221 Boling Street
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3608
Other
Powell Middle School
3655 Livingston Road
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3580
Middle
Total Enrollment 548
Northwest Middle School
7020 Highway 49 N
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3609
Middle
Total Enrollment 352
Morrison Academic Advancement Ctr
1224 Eminence Row
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3522
Middle
Smith Elementary School
3900 Parkway Drive
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3525
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Dawson Elementary School
4215 Sunset Drive
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3513
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Brinkley Middle School
3535 Albermarle Road
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3573
Middle
Total Enrollment 407
Walton Elementary School
3200 Bailey Avenue Extension
ZIP: 39213
(601) 987-3591
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Career Academic Placement Program
622 Duling Avenue
ZIP: 39216
(601) 987-3695
Other
Youth Court School
400 E Silas Brown
ZIP: 39225
(601) 960-1700
Other
Gary Road Intermediate School
7255 Gary Road
ZIP: 39272
(601) 372-8150
Primary
Total Enrollment 907
Gary Road Elementary
7241 Gary Road
ZIP: 39272
(601) 373-1319
Primary
Total Enrollment 929

Jackson Private Schools

Cares School
402 Wesley Ave
ZIP: 39202
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 89
First Presbyterian Day School
1390 N State St
ZIP: 39202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 675
Pied Piper Playhouse & Academy School
1235 W Capitol St
ZIP: 39203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
St Therese Elementary School
309 W Mcdowell Rd
ZIP: 39204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
Ee Rogers Seventh-day Adventist Academy
1284 Forest Ave
ZIP: 39206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
St Richard Catholic School
100 Holly Dr
ZIP: 39206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 353
New Hope Christian School
5202 Watkins Dr
ZIP: 39206
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 230
The Total Child Learning Center
1008 Peyton Ave
ZIP: 39209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Magnolia Speech School
733 N Flag Chapel Rd
ZIP: 39209
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 91
Kids Company / Harvard Christian Academy
3809 W Northside Dr
ZIP: 39209
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Faith Academy Of Jackson
5835 Highway 80 W
ZIP: 39209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Covenant Presbyterian Preschool
4000 Ridgewood Rd
ZIP: 39211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Trinity Preschool
5301 Old Canton Rd
ZIP: 39211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
New Jerusalem Christian Academy
5708 Old Canton Rd
ZIP: 39211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
Jackson Academy
4908 Ridgewood Rd
ZIP: 39211
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1110
Southwest Academy
2877 Fairhill Dr
ZIP: 39212
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 72
Emmanuel Christian School
1109 Cooper Rd
ZIP: 39212
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Mother Goose Christian School
6543 Watkins Dr
ZIP: 39213
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Christ Missionary Industrial College
3910 Main St
ZIP: 39213
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 85
New Summit School
1417 Lelia Dr
ZIP: 39216
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 161
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