Jackson is a relatively large city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 169,148 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 (14.60%), sales jobs (9.60%), and food service (8.22%).
A lot of people in Jackson take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Jackson, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The overall education level of Jackson is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.86% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Jackson in 2010 was $19,768, 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 $79,072 for a family of four. However, Jackson contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Jackson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.71% of its population below the federal poverty line.
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 Irish, German, African, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Jackson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.