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People QuickFacts Jackson Mississippi
Population, 2003 estimate 179,599 2,881,281
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003 -2.5% 1.3%
Population, 2000 184,256 2,844,658
Population, percent change, 1990 to 2000 -6.3% 10.5%
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2000 7.8% 7.2%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2000 28.5% 27.3%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2000 10.9% 12.1%
Female persons, percent, 2000 53.5% 51.7%
White persons, percent, 2000 (a) 27.8% 61.4%
Black or African American persons, percent, 2000 (a) 70.6% 36.3%
Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct age 5+, 2000 52.8% 58.5%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000 1.1% 1.4%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000 79.1% 72.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000 27.1% 16.9%
Households, 2000 67,841 1,046,434
Persons per household, 2000 2.61 2.63
Median household income, 1999 $30,414 $31,330
Per capita money income, 1999 $17,116 $15,853
Persons below poverty, percent, 1999 23.5% 19.9%
Land area, 2000 (square miles) 105 46,907
Persons per square mile, 2000 1,756.4 60.6

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Jakson Mississippi City History
Founded in 1821 at the site of a trading post on a high bluff on the west bank of the Pearl River, Jackson was originally a village called LeFleur's Bluff, named after French-Canadian explorer and trader Louis LeFleur. When the Mississippi legislature wanted a central site for the state's capital, the village's proximity to navigable water, abundant timber, and the Natchez Trace made the area a logical choice. On December 23, 1822, the state assembly met for the first time in the new and permanent seat of government for Mississippi, and the town was renamed Jackson in honor of Major General Andrew Jackson who later became the 7 th President of the United States. The city was designed following Thomas Jefferson's “checkerboard” layout with alternating squares for business, residential, and “green space.”

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In its first 100 years, Jackson’s growth was painfully slow. Under the command of Major General William Tecumseh Sherman, the city was ravaged and burned three times by Union Troops during the Civil War. This is where Jackson got its nickname “Chimneyville.” Fortunately, the Governor’s Mansion (completed in 1842), City Hall (built in 1846) and the Old Capitol (built in 1839) were spared. As the state capitol, the city of Jackson played an important role in politics and government during its first century – a role it still holds today. And even though Jackson was a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, its residents banded together to bring about positive changes from the troublesome era. Today, the city boasts one of the few Civil Rights Driving Tours in the United States and the Old Capitol Museum created the first Civil Rights Exhibit in the country.


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Hotels Motels Bed & Breakfast Camping

200 E Amite St
Jackson, MS 39201

Motel 6
216 N Pearson Rd
Pearl, MS 39208

Hilton Jackson
1001 E County Line
Jackson, MS 39211

Fairview Inn
Bed & Breakfast

734 Fairview Street
Jackson, MS 39202
A unique Bed and Breakfast experience awaits you in our 1908 Colonial Revival mansion, one of the few architecturally designed homes of that period remaining which exudes the rich history of Jackson, Mississippi.

LeFleur's Bluff State Park
2140 Riverside Drive
Jackson, MS 39202
A lush green spot in the heart of urban Jackson. In addition to camping, fishing, picnic spots, & nature trails, the 305-acre park features a nine-hole golf course & a driving range. The park is named for Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian explorer who established a trading post on the banks of the Pearl River in the late 1700s. The city of Jackson was originally known as "LeFleur's Bluff."

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