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Overview of Jackson, Tennessee, United States

Jackson, Tennessee, United States is the county seat of Madison County. Jackson has a total population of just over 59, 643 residences. Jackson was settled in 1820 along the Forked Deer River. It was originally named Alexandria; however it was renamed in 1822 as Jackson in honor of General Andrew Jackson. There are approximately six colleges and universities situated in Jackson.

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  • Population: 59,643
  • Population Density: 1, 205.1/mi²
  • Area: 49.5/mi²
  • Latitude: 35.633056
  • Longitude: -88.820833
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 410 feet
  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Jackson, Tennessee

Jackson, TN was settled in 1820 along the Forked Deer River. It was originally named Alexandria; however it was renamed in 1822 as Jackson in honor of General Andrew Jackson. Jackson's development rapidly expanded just prior to the Civil War due to the railroad junction and maintenance shop for several of the early railroads, including the Mississippi Central, the Tennessee Central and the Mobile and Ohio lines. Jackson continued to develop as an important railway center, even through the Civil War temporarily stalled rail development.

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Jackson's Demographics

Jackson's total population has over 59,643 residents, since the beginning of the millennium. The cultural diversity of Jackson consists of 55.13% Caucasian and 42.07% African American. There are smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino, Native American and Asian. The city's population density was 1, 205.1 people per square mile.

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Jackson's Climate

Jackson, TN's climate is hot during the summer months when temperatures tend to be in the mid-70s. July is the warmest month with average temperatures reaching 89.40 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter months are considerably cold when the temperatures drop to the 20's. January is the coldest month with low temperatures of 28.20 degrees Fahrenheit. Johnson City's annual precipitation is 54.86 inches. July is also the wettest month of the year, with an average rainfall of 5.78 inches.

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Education in Jackson, Tennessee

The Jackson-Madison School System operates the schools in and around Jackson and its neighboring counties. There is one middle school, eleven high schools, five private schools and one specialist school. The West Tennessee School for the Deaf is located in Jackson. There are six community colleges and universities serving the area.

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Transportation around Jackson, Tennessee

Interstate 40 travels east to west from Memphis to Nashville. The Greyhound Busline serves the inner-city of Jackson. There are many local airports that offer flights traveling to and from Jackson.

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Tourism and Attractions of Jackson

See Jackson's amusement by going out to Theatre or an arts gallery. Grab a delicious meal at any of Jackson's local restaurants for that perfect dining experience. Afterwards, go on downtown to visit Jackson's bars and nightclubs.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Jackson
  • Adair
  • Beech Bluff
  • Bells
  • Cedar Grove
  • Deanburg
  • Denmark
  • Fruitvale
  • Gadsden
  • Gibson
  • Gilmore
  • Henderson
  • Humboldt
  • Huntersville
  • Huron
  • Juno
  • Lavinia
  • Leighton
  • Luray
  • Madison Hall
  • Medon
  • Mercer
  • Media
  • Mifflin
  • Middle Fork
  • Montezuma
  • Oakfield
  • Pinson
  • Poplar Springs
  • Rose Hill
  • Silerton
  • Spring Creek
  • Three Way
  • Toone
  • Uptonville
  • Westover

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Geography of Jackson, Tennessee

Jackson has a total area of 49.5 square miles with all of it being land.

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Jackson's Government

Jackson's municipal mayor is Jerry Gist. The City Charter also offers for a legislative body comprised of nine members, each elected by and representing a unique district.

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Jackson's Economy and Industry

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Jackson's Culture and Significant Events

Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum is located in Casey Jones Village and is one of the top ten tourist attractions in Tennessee. The exhibits include a Railroad Museum with steam locomotives and the restored residence of Casey Jones.

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Sports in Jackson, Tennessee

Jackson is home to many sports teams which includes, The West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, a Class AA minor league baseball team in the Southern League. They are an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners and play in Jackson. Since 1990, Jackson has hosted the NAIA Women's Division I National Championship basketball competition in the Oman Arena.

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Media of Jackson

The Jackson Sun serves as the local newspaper for Jackson and surrounding areas.

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