Become part of the “City with Soul!” Known for her perseverance and rich Southern heritage with a myriad of family friendly places to discover, Jackson is home to hundreds of events, from heritage festivals to antique shows and symphony concerts to sports classics.
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The state capitol has nabbed spots on a number of Forbes’ lists for qualities such as a favorable cost of doing business, excellent job growth, and was most recently included in the list of the “Best Places for Business and Careers,” a nationwide ranking of 200 cities. In addition to being a great place for business, Jackson has a cost of living that is 2.4% below the national average, earning it the 3rd spot on Forbes’ list of the best “Bang For Your Buck” cities. With an unemployment rate lower than the national average and the rate of job growth expected to increase substantially within the next year, Jackson definitely has a lot to offer to career-minded individuals.
SchoolsJackson Public Schools
Jackson Public Schools is the second largest school district in Mississippi, serving about 30,000 students, representing more than 80 percent of school-aged children in the state’s capital and only urban municipality. There are 7 high schools, 13 middle schools, 38 elementary schools, and 2 special schools comprising the district’s 60 school sites.
There are 28 private schools in Jackson, serving 7,316 students. Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body, and the student:teacher ratio is 11:1. 64% of schools are religiously affiliated (most commonly Christian and Baptist).
Colleges in Jackson
There are eight colleges and universities within the Jackson city limits. MC has the highest graduation rate, and JSU is the largest school.
- Mississippi College
- Jackson State University
- Belhaven University
- Millsaps College
- Tougaloo College
- MSU School of Architecture
- University of Mississippi
- Reformed Theology Seminary
Dine & Shop
Whether you’re in the mood for something creative and upscale or some good down-home Southern soul food, you’ll find it Jackson! You can find something for every budget across the city. Come as you are or your Sunday best, the “City with Soul” has what you want. Here’s a place to start if you’re hungry Dining in Jackson
Experience an authentic shopping experience from charming upscale boutiques at Highland Village, to antique furnishings and budget friendly shops and boutiques in Fondren, to familiar stores found at Metrocenter to nearby Outlets, to fresh produce found at The Mississippi Farmers Market. Click here for more information and links for Shopping and Art Galleries in Jackson.
Parks & Rec
The City of Jackson hosts 2,300 acres of land composed of 56 city parks and facilities. Jackson has:
- Seventy-two Athletic fields
- One Botanical garden
- Five Community Centers
- Four Gymnasiums
- One Driving range
- One Go-kart track
- Two Golf courses
- One Model airplane field
- Fixty-six Number of parks and recreational facilities
- Thirty-two Playgrounds
- Nine Swimming pools
- Sixty-one Tennis courts, six clay courts
- The total area is approximately 2,303.35 acres
- Ten miles of walking trails
Jackson—like all Southern places and people—believes in showing its elders respect and helping them when she can. The City offers a number of programs to help promote and encourages independence and self-sufficiency among those over 60 years of age.
- Special Programs—The division offers several special activities and programs that promote socialization and community involvement. Health screenings, health-themed months and weeks, pageants, and fashion shows are aimed at encouraging older persons to enjoy active lifestyles and promoting awareness of current issues in health and nutrition.
- Recreational Programs—Diversified recreational activities are offered to meet the needs and interests of older persons (i.e. aerobics, ceramics, art, table games, sewing/quilting, field trips, line dancing, pool, cultural events, etc.).
- Senior Employment Program —The Senior Employment Program provides subsidized employment and training to persons aged 55 years and older.
- Information/Referral/Outreach—The Senior Services Division, in collaboration with many private and public agencies, provides older persons with a link to agencies and existing services.
- Senior Advocacy Services (SAS)—Senior Advocacy Services is a resource and assistance service for seniors which serves as the focal point for problem resolution.
- Congregate Meal Service—The Congregate Meal Service provides persons aged 60 years and older with a well-balanced meal Monday through Friday in a congregate setting.
- Home Delivered Meal Service—The Home Delivered Meal Service provides a well-balanced, nutritional meal, Monday through Friday, to incapacitated home-bound persons aged 60 years and older.
Fun & Sports
Jackson is a great destination for a relaxed getaway to explore 27 (29 by 2017) unique museums and attractions, over 300 restaurants, hundreds of fun events and festivals, three historic cultural districts, innumerable visual and performing arts, and cool nightlife.
Excitement starts with a diverse offering of 27 unique museums and attractions from arts, to sports, to history, including two new museums set to open in December of 2017: The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Don’t worry. If you have family coming to visit, there will always be something to fun to do!
Jackson is home to a wide range of sports a from hard-hitting tackles, to exciting marathons, to thrilling rodeos, to PGA golf. Outdoorsmen will find delight in area parks with a full range of options from fishing to tennis! Click here to find more information on Jackson’s Parks and Recreation offerings.
A Rich History
From the proud Civil Rights legacy of Medgar Evers, to the intricate cultural tapestry that is the Farish Street Historical District, Jackson is alive with African-American heritage. Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, recognized as one of CNN’s 50 States 50 Spots to see, served as the first public school for African-American students. It is now the home for thousands of artifacts. The campus of Tougaloo College has a storied past and is recognized as “The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi“ because of the fundamental principles of freedom, equality, justice and America’s promise. Enjoy driving along on The Civil Rights Driving Tour to see where history happened.
The blues has a rich history here, and Jackson is home to more historical markers celebrating blues heritage than anywhere else in the state. Visit all of Jackson’s markers for a wealth of blues heritage stories. Stop in at Johnny T’s (formerly known as The Crystal Palace Night Club) where the likes of Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong once performed. Visit here for more details on the Mississippi Blues Trail.
Begin your tour early with a visit to the Mississippi’s Governor’s Mansion – an antebellum island in the heart of Downtown Jackson. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the mansion has served as the home of all Mississippi Governors since 1842 and is the second-oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the nation.