Jackson, Mississippi


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Jackson sits on the banks of the Pearl River in a central part of the present day state of Mississippi.  Eventually, the Pearl River drains into the Gulf of Mexico.  For thousands of years, this had been home to the Choctaw Nation, part of the Muskogean-speaking indigenous peoples.  They named the area “Chisha Foka.”  The first permanent non-native settler to the area was Louis LeFleur, a French Canadian trader, at the end of the eighteenth century.  He named this settlement LeFluer’s Bluff.  In 1820, the Treaty of Doak’s Stand ceded much of the territory away from the Choctaw.  This is when serious American settlement began.  In 1821, the Mississippi General Assembly chose LeFluer’s Bluff as a centrally located state capital.  They renamed the town Jackson, after Andrew Jackson, alleged hero of the Battle of New Orleans, which occurred just days after the War of 1812.  Andrew Jackson would later be elected seventh president of the United States.  Jackson, Mississippi was officially incorporated in 1821.

Today, according to a 2013 estimate by the US Census Bureau, Jackson, Mississippi has a total population of 172,638 people.  This makes it the most populous city in the state and the 138th most populous city in the country.  The Five County Jackson Metropolitan area, according to that same report, has a total population of 576,382 people.  This makes it the 93rd most populous metropolitan area in the United States.


Jackson, Mississippi is home to several public and private companies.  These companies include Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., EastGroup Properties Inc., Trustmark Corporation, and Ergon.  Jackson’s industries are primarily focused in the electrical equipment and machinery, processed food, and primary and fabricated metal products industries, while the surrounding areas are more focused on the agricultural industry.

One of the most prominent buildings in the city of Jackson is the Mississippi State Capitol Building.  This building, which is considered a Mississippi State Landmark and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, houses the Mississippi Legislature.  The Capitol, which was originally built by architects Theodore C. Link and Barnard R. Green in the Beaux Arts architectural style in 1901, had a major renovation which completed in 1983.

Jackson, Mississippi also has a long and storied history when it comes to the area of Civil Rights.  During the 1960s era of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackson was the site, in May of 1961, of the arrest of more than 300 Freedom Riders “for disturbing the peace.”  Additionally, Jackson, Mississippi was the home of Civil Rights Activist and leader of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP Medgar Evers, who was assassinated right outside his home in 1963.  To honor and remember its past, the city of Jackson will be opening the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in 2017.  It will be the first state-sponsored civil rights museum in the United States.

Today, Jackson, Mississippi also serves as the location for Jackson State University, which ranks as the fourth-largest historically black college and/or university in the country.  Established in 1877, Jackson State University currently has 9,802 students enrolled into its programs as of Fall semester 2016.  JSU is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and was classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education “as a research university with high research activity.”

Jackson, Mississippi is a hotbed for sports franchises.  The Magnolia Roller Vixens, who formed in 2008, are an all-female association flat track roller derby league who play in the Jackson Convention Center.  Southern League’s Mississippi Braves are a AA affiliate of MLB’s Atlanta Braves.  The Mississippi Braves play their home games at Trustmark Park and have one league title to their names.  Magnolia Football League’s Mississippi Maddogs also play in Jackson as does Jackson Rugby Football Club.  Soccer’s Premier Developmental League’s Mississippi Brilla play their home matches at Traceway Park.

Own a small business in the Jackson, Mississippi area?  Thinking about it?  These resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Jackson, Mississippi

Business Resources in Jackson, Mississippi

Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Mississippi

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