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Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson Mississippi
Full nameCity of Jackson
Official nameCity of Jackson
Settlement typeCity
MottoCity with Soul
CountryUnited States
CountiesHinds, Madison, Rankin
TypeStrong Mayor-Council
MayorHarvey Johnson, Jr.
City CouncilQuentin Whitwell, Chokwe Lamumba,
Kenneth I. Stokes, Frank Bluntson,
Charles Tillman, Tony Yarber,
Margaret C. Barrett-Simon
Chief of PoliceRebecca Coleman
Total Area106.8 sq mi (276.6 km2)
Land Area104.9 sq mi (271.7 km2)
Water Area1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
Elevation279 ft (85 m)
Total Population173514 (2010)
Density (pop.)638.5/km2 (1654.1/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)539057
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes39200-39299
Area code601, 769
FIPS code28-36000 
GNIS feature ID0711543 

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Jackson is the capital and the most populous city of the US state of Mississippi. It is one of two county seats of Hinds County (the town of Raymond is the other), . The population of the city declined from 184,256 at the 2000 census to 173,514 at the 2010 census. The 2010 census ascribed a population of 539,005 to the five-county Jackson metropolitan area.

The current slogan for the city is Jackson, Mississippi: City with Soul. Jackson is ranked 3rd out of America's 100 largest metro areas for the best "Bang For Your Buck" city according to Forbes magazine. The study measured overall affordability, housing rates, and more. The 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America" ranks Jackson as the 23rd most dangerous city in America. The city is named after Andrew Jackson, who was still a general at the time of the naming but later became president. The city is the anchor of the Metro area.

USS Jackson (LCS-6) will be the first ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the city.

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