Jackson, Mississippi is the capital city in the state and it has about 185,000 residents. The slogan for the city right now is Jackson, Mississippi: City with Soul. According to Forbes magazine, it’s ranked 3rd out of America’s 100 largest metro areas for the best “Bang For Your Buck” city. The study takes into account affordability, housing prices and other factors. The city was named for Andrew Jackson who was a general at the time when the city was named and then later became president.