Jackson, Mississippi Education and City Information

Jackson is the state capital of Mississippi and has numerous universities and colleges available for residents. In this article, find info about Jackson's history, attractions and economy, and learn more about area schools.

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About Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, the Mississippi state capital, is located in south central Mississippi. The city has a population of about 171,500, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. Its residents are 79% African American and 18% Caucasian, based on 2010 census info.

The Jackson metro area is home to numerous shopping venues and an array of cultural opportunities. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera Association, a professional baseball team, the Mississippi Museum of Art, Natural Science Museum, Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Smith-Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, and Old Capitol Museum are just some of the attractions found in Jackson.

The moderate temperature makes Jackson an ideal place for residents and visitors who enjoy swimming, golf, tennis, and a wide variety of other sports.


Jackson has nearly a dozen colleges, universities and career schools. Jackson State University is one of the largest schools in the city with about 9,500 students. It offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and was named the 13th best historically black college in the U.S. in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Other schools in Jackson include Millsaps College, Wesley Biblical Seminary, Belhaven University and several cosmetology and career education schools.


The city's economy is anchored by the healthcare, social services and educational industry, in addition to retail, according to U.S. Census data from 2012. Healthcare and social assistance employed more than 26,000 people, while retail employed more than 9,300 people.

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