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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B+
Jackson is a city in Mississippi with a population of 170,393. Jackson is in Hinds County. Living in Jackson offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Jackson there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Jackson and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$88,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$792
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Jackson Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    351
    283
  • Murder
    36
    6
  • Rape
    82
    41
  • Robbery
    322
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,191
    500
  • Theft
    2,789
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    444
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

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I really enjoy living in Jackson. It is affordable and friendly. I have met amazing people! People are so invested in the community here - from beginning new businesses, to supporting small merchants, to volunteering. The new museums are amazing as well. The city feels like a community in so many lovely ways. While there are things that need improvement - infrastructure and public schools, to name a few - residents of the city seem invested in making changes at the grassroots.
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Jackson is very dangerous, in more ways than one. To begin with, the current conditions of the roads are deadly. Earlier this year, a girl from my own high school was driving to her graduation practice and hit an uncovered manhole. She ended up dying, just one day before her graduation. What makes this event even more absurd was earlier that day, a woman ran over the exact same uncovered manhole and fortunately only experienced body damage to her car. She called officials to make aware of the manhole, yet nothing was done. Not only are the roads awful, the community is torn. In the northern part of Jackson, there are great schools, museums, restaurants, and parks. In downtown Jackson, the city is ridiculed with trash, unsanitary restaurants, and lack of safety standards. Jackson has much to improve on and needs strong leadership, which it lacks now, who will make sure the peoples’ safety and needs are met in order to make Jackson safe and enjoyable.
The Jackson area has plenty of places to shop, eat and have fun during the day. Festivals and small carnivals pop up at random times of the year that give families different things to do. Nightlife is made for older crowds, so teenagers aren't given much to do after 9 other than going to a restaurant or a theatre. If there were more fun things to do that would influence people to be more creative such as First Fondren Thursday or open mic nights at cafès throughout the month, I believe Jackson would be a more popular and fun place to live. Oh and FYI, the pot holes and lifted parts in the roads can be horrendous so watch out!