Built high above an extinct volcano, the city of Jackson MS has stayed hot, with its mix of musical history and authentic Southern living, all in a modern urban environment. Mississippi calls itself the Birthplace of America’s Music, and Jackson has been a significant source of blues and gospel music due to the legendary Malaco Records, home to such artists as Bobby “Blue”Bland, Z.Z. Hill and Dorothy Moore.
Jackson is the capital of Mississippi and was a significant city in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. So much so that that the Civil Rights Movement Museum is being built in the city, and will be open to the public in 2017. That will join other significant cultural institutions such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, which tells the story of Mississippi through its art and artists and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the largest museum in Mississippi, which focuses on the biological diversity within the state.
There’s always something to do in Jackson, whether it’s taking in a Mississippi Braves baseball game out in Pearl, eating at a cool new restaurant in the well-preserved neighborhood of Fondren, or taking in a band at a downtown bar, you’ll never be bored. Every October, the Mississippi State Fair comes to town, bringing with it big musical acts from around the world to the famous Mississippi Coliseum, where you’ll also find the Dixie National Rodeo every February, the largest rodeo event East of the Mississippi River.
When you live in Jackson, MS, you’re living among some of the most significant architecture in the entire South of the United States. The Lamar Life building dates back to 1924 and is an important example of Gothic skyscrapers. The Standard Life building is a rarity, as it’s an art deco skyscraper that’s been converted into apartments. Jackson even has a middle school, the Bailey APAC Middle School, that is a perfectly preserved art deco school.
Speaking of schools, no matter what neighborhood you find yourself living in, you’ll find excellent public schools, with several schools rated a perfect 10 by GreatSchools.org. When it comes time to find a job, the fact that Jackson is the state capital will help you out, as the State of Mississippi is by far the largest employer in the area, with the federal government not too far behind. Besides government work, the area hospitals are the largest source of employment.
Jackson saw a lot of movement into the suburbs such as Pearl, Clinton, Brandon and Madison over the past 20 years, but now some movement back to the city has begun, and housing prices are expected to rise in the future, so now is great time to buy or rent-to-own a home in Jackson, MS.