Profile for Jackson, Tennessee, TN
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Jackson is a city in Madison County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for President Andrew Jackson.
The latitude of Jackson is 35.614N. The longitude is -88.813W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 410 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 61,110.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Jackson demographic reports
Jackson is on the Forked Deer River.
In 1886, a black woman named Eliza Wood was jailed here, accused of poisoning her former employer. A mob of more than 1,000 people stormed the county jail and hanged her from a tree in the courthouse lawn.
Public transportation: Jackson Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 691. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 11.3 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1973 movie, "Walking Tall"
Well-known residents have included:
· Sonny Boy Williamson, blues singer
· Luther Ingram, singer
· John Luther Jones, railroad engineer immortalized in song as the legendary "Casey" Jones
· Carl Perkins, singer
· Wink Martindale, game show host
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- West Tennessee State Fair - Sept. 11-17, 2007
- Rockabilly Festival - Aug. 9-11, 2007
- Casey Jones Village Old Time Music Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
- Casey Jones Day - April 30, 2007
- African Street Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
- Bluegrass Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Jackson web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Jackson Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation:
Cypress Grove Nature Park, Lake Graham
Sports teams: West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Britton Lane Battlefield, Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, N.C. & St. L. Depot and Railroad Museum, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area
Colleges and universities:
Lambuth University, Lane College, Union University, Jackson State Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 76
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Ancestry & family history
6% of Jackson residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Jackson ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Jackson was $18,495, compared with $21,587 nationally.
23% of Jackson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Jackson festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- West Tennessee State Fair - S
- Casey Jones Day - A
- Rockabilly Festival - A
- African Street Festival - A
- Casey Jones Village Old Time Music Festival - S
- Bluegrass Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Jackson include East Main Street Historic District (Jackson), Northwood Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Jackson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $392. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $826.
Libraries in Jackson include Jackson-Madison County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Jackson include Jackson Sun
TV stations in Jackson include WBBJ, WJKT.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WKNP.
Madison County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Jackson political report.
The average commute time for Jackson workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 13 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Jackson between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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