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Overview

Introduction to Jackson, Tennessee

Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison county, is 76 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee.

Jackson History

Jackson was originally known as Alexandria. It was first settled in the early 1800s. In 1822, the city was renamed Jackson after Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. The city was founded in 1821. In the same year, it became the county seat of the newly formed Madison County. Prior to the American Civil War, the city developed as a railroad junction. The Mobile and Ohio Railroad was the first to enter the area in 1851.

Jackson and nearby Attractions

  • Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum
  • Jackson Plaza Shopping Center
  • Cypress Grove Nature Park
  • Lake Graham
  • Britton Lane Battlefield
  • Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area

Things To Do In Jackson

Jackson is home to Cypress Grove Park. A visit to the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area and the Britton Lane Battlefield may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the region’s history. The Old Hickory Mall Shopping Center, the Lynnwood Place Shopping Center, the Bemis Square Shopping Center, the Hollywood Shopping Center and the Oak Hill Shopping Center are some of the local shopping destinations. The Highland Green Golf Course and Jackson Country Club provide facilities for local golfers. Local celebrations include the African Street Festival, the Casey Jones Day, Rockabilly Festival, Bluegrass Festival, the Casey Jones Village Old Time Music Festival and the West Tennessee State Fair.

Jackson Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Jackson Higher Education

Jackson State Community College, Lane College, Union University, Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson and Lambuth University are the local institutions of higher education.

People

Total Population 67,161
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 13.7%
Employed Population 16+ 28,054
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 40.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,454
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,915
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,569

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,592
% Above Poverty Level 76%
% Below Poverty Level 24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.4%
Median Gross Rent $769
Median House Value $119,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.7%
Irish 6.1%

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

Jackson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 76 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Madison
Metro Area Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 38301, 38305
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38302, 38303, 38308, 38314
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.614
Longitude -88.813

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)

Station JACKSON EXP STA
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.8 inches
Station JACKSON MCKELLAR-SPES AP
Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Station BOLIVAR WATERWORKS
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 55 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Jackson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bemis (38314)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gadsden 458 $37,500
Henderson 6,474 $49,750
Humboldt 8,325 $35,581
Medina 3,944 $72,770
Medon 238 $54,688
Three Way 1,641 $75,481

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

Jackson Public Libraries

Library
Jackson-madison County Library
433 EAST LAFAYETTE STREET
Jackson, Tennessee
(901) 425-8600
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Jackson Hospitals

JACKSON-MADISON COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
708 W FOREST AVENUE
(731) 425-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

REGIONAL HOSPITAL OF JACKSON
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
367 HOSPITAL BLVD
(731) 661-2000
Emergency Service: No

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Jackson High Schools

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JACKSON CENTRAL MERRY HIGH SCHOOL
179 ALLEN AV
731-424-2200
Serves 1,026 students.

NORTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL
3066 N HIGHLAND
731-668-3171
Serves 986 students.

SOUTH SIDE HIGH SCHOOL
84 HARTS BRIDGE RD
731-422-9923
Serves 815 students.

LIBERTY TECHNOLOGY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
3470 RIDGECREST ROAD EXTENDED
A Magnet School.
Serves 765 students.

MADISON ACADEMIC MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
200 ALLEN AV
A Magnet School.
Serves 299 students.

WEST JACKSON LEARNING CENTER
227 MCCOWAT ST
731-427-2841
A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.

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