Fondly regarded as the musical capital of the South, Jackson has been and continues to be one of America’s most important cultural cities. It is a city with a rich history, and fondly dubbed, ‘the city of soul,’ it has launched a lot of musical careers and inspired many big name artists like Johnny Cash and Kid Rock. It continues to be a significant stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail running through the South along the Mississippi River.
As the capital of Mississippi, one would expect Jackson to be center of commerce and commercial attractions. The Metropolitan area supports a lot of manufacturing companies as well as a number of health care, telecommunications and retail companies. Manufacturing is by far the most prolific with over 500 manufacturers based in Jackson and some notable fortune 500 companies like Ergon, Nissan, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. and Trustmark Corporation.
On the educational front, The Jackson Public School District oversees 60 schools that have over 30,000 students enrolled each year. In addition to that, Jackson is home to a number of institutions of higher learning ranging from community colleges, to theological seminaries and most notably, the Jackson State University.
The people of Jackson are very proud of their city and actively work to improve it, which has led to Jackson being one of CN Traveller’s top ten Friendliest.
There’s always something to do in this city from watching the ballet or enjoying live music of all kinds. You can visit one of Jackson’s impressive museums or take a tour of the botanical gardens and parks that surround the city. If being on the water is your thing, then head over to the Pearl River, or Mayes Lake where you can go boating or fishing for catfish and bass.
You can find all kinds of bars offering live music and a range of inventive, retro drinks. You can experience quintessential southern cuisine like grits and shrimp at the Heart & Soul Diner or biscuits and gravy at Roosters. There are plenty of catfish joints and establishments that serve great Gumbo here as well. Jackson residents love their gumbo so much so that they hold an annual gumbo festival.
Many great new home developments are cropping up in Jackson. So, if this area is the place for you, then find your dream home today!