Jackson, Mississippi is an urban oasis you should be on your radar for your next move.
When you think Mississippi, you don’t immediately think of it as a cool, urban paradise. But capital city Jackson’s affordable southern charm, insane southern food and unique neighborhoods are drawing in millennials and older professionals by the hordes. It’s no wonder why this city is known as “The Best of the New South.”
1. Easy on the Wallet
With prices soaring in bigger cities, Jackson still offers cool, urban living without the steep price tag. With a median home price of $127,900, purchasing a home here will cost you significantly less than the national average. You get a lot of bang for your buck in Jackson, with grocery and health also ranking below the national average.
2. Chef-Driven Foodie Town
Jackson is all about the food and drink. Some of the South’s top chefs live and work in this Mississippi city, including Bully’s Restaurant Tyrone Bully and Jesse Houston of Saltine Oyster Bar who was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: South award. For southern comfort food with regional flair, head over to the charming Hal’s and Mal’s.
3. After Hours
Located along the Mississippi Blues Trail, Jackson is home to some of the South’s coolest music venues. Big Sleepy’s offers a taste of Jackson’s original music scene while also hosting touring bands. Located in an old elementary school, Duling Hall is one of the city’s most popular venue. Plus, Duling is within walking distance of some of Jackson’s most revered bars.
Delicious cocktails flow freely from effortlessly-cool speakeasy the Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs. Meanwhile, Underground 119 won’t leave you thirsty with its 18-year-old scotch selections.
4. Eclectic Neighborhoods
The ability to put down roots in a unique neighborhood while having access to a more urban lifestyle has millennials packing their bags for Jackson. One neighborhood that has seen a resurgence is Fondren, the funky arts district of Jackson. It’s all local in Fondren, which boasts more than two dozen locally-owned shops and restaurants.
5. Plenty of Jobs
Business is booming in this southern city. Future job growth for Jackson is estimated at 40.56% for the next 10 years. Government, banking, agriculture and manufacturing are big industries here, with the automobile industry offering promising growth after Nissan built a new $930 million manufacturing plant.
6. Never Boring
As Mississippi’s cultural center, Jackson is home to many high-quality museums, outdoor activities and even a zoo. The Mississippi Children’s Museum is a local favorite, but the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Eudora Welty House are also highly-rated. The Jackson Zoo attracts 110,000 visitors a year and features more than 380 animals.
Feeling outdoorsy? Jackson residents enjoy LeFleur’s Bluff State Park and Sheppard Brothers Park as well as many walking trails and green spaces for fishing and hiking.