Jackson, Mississippi

00 jackson capitol downtown 2Jackson, Mississippi

  • Mississippi became a state December 10, 1817, the 20th state admitted to the Union.
  • Jackson became state capital: 1822
  • Established: 1821
  • Name Origin: Named for Andrew Jackson

Selected as capital because it is in the center of the state, the city also served as Confederate state capital, until Sherman reduced it to ashes. It then had the ironic name of “Chimneyville.” Carpetbaggers reigned here until 1876 and Jefferson Davis made his last appearance here in 1884.

The new capitol was built in 1903, patterned after the national capitol. There are Civil War battle sites and many Confederate monuments in the area.

At the Mississippi Petrified Forest are logs deposited as driftwood by a prehistoric river.

Key Words: Bluffs, Center, Ashes, Civil War, Checkerboard, Confederate

Things To Love About Jackson

The old-time friendliness and charm, where a smile is really a hug and contentment ranks higher than cotton; the rocking chairs and easy pace; the music and the stories that so poignantly express the hurts and the joys of then, and now.

Blogs To Read About Jackson

Delta Dawning  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5804#more-5804

Pearls Of Wisdom  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5853

Refreshments Were Served  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5886

Listening For Stories  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=6082

What Is Fondren?  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=6208

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 173,514, 24th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,563 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 111.05 square miles
  • Elevation: 204 feet, 35th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 56/35, July 92/72. Annual rainfall: 54 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Pearl River
  • Mountains near: Foothills of Appalachian Mountains. Woodall Mountain, in the northeast corner of the state, is the highest point in Mississippi at 807 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Baton Rouge, LA 174; Montgomery, AL 249; Little Rock, AR 264
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 982

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 173,514            Population
  • 27.4%              Under 18
  • 10.0%              Over 65
  • 0.4%                Asian
  • 79.4%              Black
  • 1.6%                 Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.1%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 18.0%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 3.1%                 English Not Spoken at Home
  • 82.1%              High School Graduate
  • 26.8%             Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 27.5%              Below Poverty Level
  • $19,301           Per Capita Income
  • $34,567          Median Household Income
  • $89,600         Median Value of Home
  • 53.5%              Home Ownership

City: http://www.city.jackson.ms.us/

Visitors: http://www.visitjackson.com/