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.


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


Tallest building: Regions Plaza (1975), 318 feet

List of tallest buildings

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


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.


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


The Mississippi Museum of Art, the Old Capitol Museum, and the Smith Robertson Museum are located downtown.

Mississipi State Capitol, Jackson
(Photo by Ken Lund)


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


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