Mississippi’s capital and largest city, Jackson is home to museums, galleries, and the state’s hottest shopping, dining, and nightlife. With a metropolitan area population of more than 400,000, Jackson combines big city amenities with small town hospitality.
The Jackson Metro Area offers many residential areas from which to choose, from historic neighborhoods marked by eclectic charm to chic, ultramodern lofts in the heart of downtown. Single-family homes, condominiums, and apartment communities offer choices to fit every lifestyle and every budget.
Jackson is Mississippi’s center of business and government, and offers diverse career opportunities for married students’ spouses. Seven colleges and universities are located within 15 miles of Jackson, many offering continuing education programs as well as traditional classes. Virtually every major religious denomination is represented in the Jackson area, with houses of worship located throughout the Metro Area.
Located just north of Jackson, the Ross Barnett Reservoir is a 30,000-acre haven for outdoor recreation. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy nights at the ballpark with the Mississippi Braves, a Double A minor league team for the Atlanta Braves.
Jackson is a regional destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife, offering trendy boutiques and upscale shopping malls, down home diners and authentic ethnic eateries, and venues for live music and entertainment.
Jackson is a cultural center steeped in history, literature, and the arts. Area attractions include the homes of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty and Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, the 1842 Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and other museums showcasing history, agriculture, African American heritage, and sports.
Jackson is also a regional performing arts center. The city is the only venue in the United States for the International Ballet Competition, which brings the most talented dancers from around the world to Jackson once every four years. Productions by the Mississippi Opera, New Stage Theatre, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and traveling Broadway shows offer a mix of comedy, drama, and musical theatre.
When a road trip is in order, Jackson lies halfway between Memphis, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana. The popular destinations of Vicksburg, Natchez, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are only a short drive away.