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Overview
Population:540,752
Pop. Change:9%
State: Mississippi
Metro Area:Jackson Metro Area
County:Hinds, Rankin, ... 5 total
City:Jackson, Pearl, ... 32 total
Zip Code:39047, 39110, ... 44 total
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Jackson's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Jackson Metro Area

Profile: Capital city

Location: West-central Mississippi

Elevation: 331

Time zone: Central Standard Time

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Jackson is Mississippi’s largest city and a hub of government, commerce, and manufacturing for the state. Civil War fires wiped out much of the town’s antebellum feel and downtown isn’t much of an attraction although there is a new convention center under development. There are several points of historic interest, including the capitol building, and some attractive older city neighborhoods close in. Some new development is moving to the north towards Canton, home of a new Nissan plant. The Ross Barnett Reservoir offers water recreation and historic country drives radiate in all directions, notably north on the Natchez Trace to Canton and beyond. The University of Mississippi Medical Center adds to a strong network of health care facilities. There are several smaller colleges, and the area has a stronger arts presence than one might expect for such a city. The Cost of Living Index is among the lowest of capital cities. The city calls itself “The Best in the New South,” but the economy doesn’t really live up to this claim. The area is making progress but still has room for improvement.

The city is located in a wide river plain surrounded by gently rolling terrain and pine forests. The climate is significantly humid most of the year with short mild winters that include frequent cold spells. Summer temperatures reach 90[dg]F or higher every 2 out of 3 days. Extended periods of very hot weather are rare. Rainfall is abundant and well distributed throughout the year. Thunderstorms are common, occurring 1 out of 3 days during summer. Fall is typically the driest season. Winter snow is minimal with 2 of 3 years having no measurable snowfalls. Ice storms occur occasionally.

Interesting Facts about the Jackson, Mississippi Metro Area

As of 2014, Jackson Metro Area's population is 540,752 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 8.76 percent.

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The median home cost in Jackson Metro Area is $134,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.00 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Jackson Metro Area's cost of living is 9.80% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Jackson Metro Area public schools spend $9,292 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.1 students per teacher in Jackson Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Jackson Metro Area is 5.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Jackson Metro Area jobs have Decreased by 2.16 percent.


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Ranked #91 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #178 2005 Best Places to Live
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Average Commute time is 23 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Jackson Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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