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Welcome to Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. This city is rich in southern culture with many attractions that contribute to its nickname, the "Hospitality State."


The following pages will help you explore the city of Jackson.






Fast facts about Jackson:

  • The City of Jackson was founded in 1821 (Mississippi became the 20th state on December 10, 1817).
  • The city is named in honor of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.
  • The estimated population of Jackson is 176,614 while the population of the five-county metro area is estimated at 540,866.
  • Jackson is 341 feet above sea level.
  • Jackson was ravaged and burned three times by Union troops during the Civil War.
  • The City of Jackson is 105 square miles.
  • Jackson is home to more than 400 houses of worship, representing every major church denomination.
  • The Governor's Mansion, authorized in 1839 and completed in 1842, is the second oldest residence of its type in the nation and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Jackson's City Hall, built in 1846 for less than $8,000, is still the working seat of municipal government after more than 160 years.

Sources: The City of Jackson, and Wikipedia 

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