Profile for Jackson, Mississippi, MS
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Jackson is a city in Hinds County. (The community straddles Hinds and Madison counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the state capital and the county seat.
The community was named after Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, who later became the seventh U.S. president.
The latitude of Jackson is 32.298N. The longitude is -90.184W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 279 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 179,599.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Jackson demographic reports
Jackson is on the Pearl River.
Jackson suffered heavy losses during the Civil War; Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman set the city afire in 1863. Chimneys were said to be all that was left after the fire, earning Jackson the nickname "Chimneyville."
Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered here in 1963.
Public transportation: Jatran (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,648. The number of murders and homicides was 45. The violent crime rate was 9.1 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2000 movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
· 1988 movie, "Mississippi Burning"
· 1996 movie, "Ghosts of Mississippi"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 4 in percentage black population (70.6%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Eudora Welty, writer
· LeAnn Rimes, country singer
· Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, football player
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- WellsFest - Sept. 29, 2007
- Mississippi State Fair - Oct. 3-14, 2007
- Jubilee Jam - June 17, 2007
- Lynch Street Heritage Festival - April 27-28, 2007
- Red Beans & Rice Festival - Oct. 20, 2007
- Crossroads Film Festival - March 29-April 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Jackson web sites and events links in the sections below.
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Performing arts: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Lefleur's Bluff State Park, Sam Dale State Park, Ross Barnett Reservoir
Scenic roads: Natchez Trace Parkway
Jackson attractions: Jackson Zoological Park
Sports teams: Mississippi Braves (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Old Capitol Museum, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Smith Robertson Museum, Medgar Evers Home Museum, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Colleges and universities:
Jackson State University, Belhaven College, Millsaps College, Hinds Community College-Jackson Campus
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 91
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Ancestry & family history
3% of Jackson residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Jackson ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Jackson was $17,116, compared with $21,587 nationally.
27% of Jackson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Jackson festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Mississippi State Fair - O
- Red Beans & Rice Festival - O
- Jubilee Jam - J
- Crossroads Film Festival - M
- Lynch Street Heritage Festival - A
- WellsFest - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Jackson include Farish Street Neighborhood Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Jackson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $399. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $769.
Libraries in Jackson include Colonial Mart Library, Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander Library, Eudora Welty Library, Fannie Lou Hamer Library, Medgar Evers Blvd. Library, Mississippi Archives and Library, Northside Branch Library, South Hills Branch Library, Whiterock Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Jackson include Jackson Clarion-Ledger
TV stations in Jackson include WAPT, WBMS-CA, WBXK-CA, WDBD, WJTV, WLBT, WMPN.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WJSU-FM., WMPN-FM.
Hinds County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jackson political report.
The average commute time for Jackson workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 73 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Jackson between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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