Jackson, MS
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Jackson is a relatively large city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 170,674 people and 50 constituent neighborhoods, Jackson is the largest community in Mississippi.

Unlike some cities, Jackson isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Jackson are a mix 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 (14.47%), sales jobs (9.91%), and food service (7.52%).

The overall education level of Jackson is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.37% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Jackson in 2010 was $18,756, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,024 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 30.94% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Jackson is a very 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, Scottish, and European.

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