Jackson, MS
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Living in Jackson


Jackson is a relatively large city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 166,965 people and 50 constituent neighborhoods, Jackson is the largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Jackson is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Jackson is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Jackson who work in office and administrative support (12.98%), sales jobs (10.17%), and food service (8.23%).

One thing noticeable about Jackson, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Jackson is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Jackson a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In terms of college education, Jackson is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.09% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Jackson in 2010 was $20,525, which is upper middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $82,100 for a family of four. However, Jackson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Jackson is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jackson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Jackson residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Jackson include English, Irish, German, European, and African.

The most common language spoken in Jackson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.