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Jackson, MS

A city that has been immortalized in song by the likes of Johnny Cash, June Carter, and Kid Rock, Jackson has been called "The Crossroads of the South." With a population of over 175,000, it's the biggest city in Mississippi-and one of the most famous sites in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Named after Andrew Jackson, in recognition of his victory in the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, the city was established as the state capital in 1822, seven years before Andrew Jackson became the seventh U.S. president. Although few traces of the past remain in Jackson proper, its ties to the southern hospitality are captured in its motto: City of Grace and Benevolence.


Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, has been a major business force in the state. The high end industrial operations in the city are the result of an attractive labor force and good quality of life.

Jackson is the home for 16 banks, four of which are headquartered in the city. Also, the agricultural commodities business represents $180 million in business. Approximately 40,000 residents of the city are employed in governmental jobs ranging from municipal to federal. Manufacturing is one of the most important sectors with nearly 500 manufacturers in the city. Other important sectors are the automobile industry, construction, distribution and trade, health care, retail, telecommunications, and travel and tourism.

Some of the major employers include the State of Mississippi, University of Mississippi, Medical Center, United States Government, Jackson Public School District, Mississippi State Hospital and the City of Jackson.

The Greater Jackson Alliance (GJA) is a regional alliance of 12 entities and work towards facilitating and coordinating the economic development of Greater Jackson.


Notable neighborhoods in Jackson include:


The Mississippi Arts Center in Jackson is home to a professionally trained group of dance performers known as Ballet Mississippi. Among other things, this company puts on an annual performance of The Nutcracker in the winter. In addition, the city hosts the USA International Ballet Competition. Held every four years, this international competition is one of the oldest in the world, drawing the finest dancers from countries all over the world to compete for Olympic-style medals.

Other fine arts, theater, and related arts destinations include:


Jackson is a hotbed of post-secondary educational opportunities, with several two- and four-year colleges and universities located within the city limits, including:

Also located within driving distance from the city limits are:

The Mississippi capital is home to Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.


Multiple television stations broadcast to the Jackson metropolitan area, including:

More than a dozen AM and two dozen FM radio stations offer service to this city, with programming choices including classic rock, contemporary Christian, country, oldies, Top 40, rhythm and blues, talk radio, sports, news, and business.


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