Jackson

Population

2010: 173,514, #135 in U.S., #1 in Mississippi

1950: 99,271, #111 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 539,057, #96 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 142,164, #122 in U.S.

Setting

Jackson, on the Pearl River, was founded as the capital of Mississippi in 1822. Jackson State University is just west of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Regions Plaza (1975), 318 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol (1903) is 180 feet tall.

Stores

Jackson has no downtown department stores. The Jackson Mall (1969) an enclosed mall just north of downtown, closed in the 1980s and is now the Jackson Medical Mall.

Trains

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans goes north to Memphis and Chicago and south to New Orleans from Jackson’s renovated 1927 station.

Museums

The Mississippi Museum of Art, the Old Capitol Museum, the Smith Robertson Museum, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, and the Davis Planetarium are located downtown.



Mississipi State Capitol, Jackson
(Photo by Ken Lund)


Theaters

Jackson has no downtown movie theaters. Thalia Mara Hall (1968) hosts the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, touring Broadway shows, and other events.

Sports

The Mississippi Braves, Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, play at Trustmark Park (2005) in the suburb of Pearl, east of Jackson. The Mississippi Coliseum (1962), on the grounds of the state fairgrounds just east of downtown, has sporting events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Jackson

Downtown Jackson Partners