Jackson, called the 'City with Soul,' is the capital of Mississippi as well as its most-populous city. Its nearly 200,000 residents enjoy the city's more than 300 restaurants, nightlife featuring world-class blues and jazz, neighborhood parks and festivals, a historic downtown, and coffeehouse scene. Jackson is home to the Mississippi Symphony. In addition to the music and arts options, residents and students of Jackson colleges enjoy exploring the city's rich Civil War heritage, blues recording museums, and archives of the Civil Rights Movement. Or, you can hike, play golf or tennis, or drive down to New Orleans.
Studying at Jackson Colleges and Universities
With nearly 40 schools of higher learning offering campus and online programs in Jackson, students can choose undergraduate and post-graduate degrees as well as technical or vocational school curriculum. The city hosts Jackson State University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Millsaps College.
Working in Jackson, MS
Agriculture and food processing have been historical mainstays of the Jackson economy. Today, the city has added manufacturing to the mix. Saks Incorporated has an operations center in Jackson. But the city's top employers--in terms of total numbers of workers--are in the health care industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Jackson's top employers include:
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- Baptist Medical Center
- State of Mississippi Health Dept
- Mississippi Baptist Medical Center Lab
- University Physicians Urology
The BLS reports Jackson's unemployment at 12.8, higher than the Mississippi unemployment rate of 10 percent and the national unemployment rate of 9.5. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a 2009 mean annual wage for all Jackson occupations of $36,600, lower than the national mean annual wage of $43,460 for all occupations. The cost of living in Jackson is 4 percent lower than the national average, with housing costs 11 percent lower than housing at the national cost of living average. With its low cost of living and vast cultural and recreational opportunities, Jackson has a lot to offer to college students living on a tight budget.