Top Reasons Teachers Are Choosing JPS
The City of Jackson
- Jackson is the capital city of the great state of Mississippi and the largest city in the state.
- Located in the center of the state, we’re within a few short hours of major southern cities such as Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Memphis, and Birmingham.
- Jackson is known as “the city with soul.” The city is known for its friendly people, great food, and green and pretty public places.
- There are many things to do, see, and explore in Jackson including museums, parks, and sporting activities. We’re known for:
- Outdoor activities with fishing, boating, swimming
- Amazing dining
- And so much more!
- It has approximately 160,000 in population in 104 square miles—a perfect size city for great city and outdoor living.
- It is an affordable place to live and is less expensive than the average in the rest of the United States. The median home price is $134,400.
- In terms of climate, it is sunnier more days of the year than the average in the United States.
- Jackson is considered one of the top 10 friendliest cities in the United States by CN Traveler.
- Jackson is recognized as a site on the "Civil Rights Trail" by the National Park Service.
- Jackson is home to many important civil rights events such as:
- The site for dramatic non-violent protests in the 1960s drew people from all over the country.
- Desegregation efforts began when nine students from the HBCU, Tougaloo College, tried to read books in the "white only" public library and were arrested.
- Where Medgar Evers, an civil rights activist and leader of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP, was assassinated on June 12, 1963.
Come explore Jackson! We’d love to meet you.
Last Modified on November 5, 2021