Jackson is the state capital and largest MSA in Mississippi with a population of 583,197. The iconic Mississippi State Capitol building highlights the MSA’s largest employer, the State of Mississippi, which employs 11,870 in the Jackson MSA. The area’s largest industries include Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, IT, Food Processing, and Distribution & Warehousing, and major notable employers include Nissan, Continental, and Entergy. Other employers to note include McNeely Plastics, Ergon, Eaton Aerospace, Vertex Aerospace, and Vantech Hitachi Transport System. Jackson’s economy is aided by its transportation infrastructure – the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport offers non-stop flights to 6 of the nation’s 10 largest airports. I-20 and I-55 intersect in Jackson provide connectivity to Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Memphis, and other regional cities.
The Clinton Public School System is ranked the 4th-best system in the state, and local universities include Millsaps College, Mississippi College, Belhaven University, and Jackson State University. The Jackson Public School District and Rankin County School District account for 7,000 jobs. In terms of healthcare, University of Mississippi Medical Center (722 beds) is the largest hospital in the state of Mississippi, while Baptist Medical Center is the 3rd-largest hospital in the state. St. Dominic Hospital (4th-largest in the state), Merit Health (10th-largest in the state), and Mississippi State Hospital also anchor Jackson’s healthcare sector.
The Jackson MSA apartment market consists of 203 properties and over 31,000 units.