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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

Jackson is the state capital of Mississippi, and contains many historic buildings and sites at every corner. Interstate 55, which runs north-south, and Interstate 20, which runs east-west, is known as the crossroads for these historic sites, and is near the center of the state, just about one-hour drive from the Mississippi River. Running diagonally across the north edge of the city is the Natchez Trace Parkway, which is easily accessible via I-55 North of I-20 West.

Multiple car rental facilities, taxicabs and limousine services are available for those that prefer not to use their own car. For those that are traveling a far distance Union Station offers rail service through Amtrak, with daily service to Chicago and New Orleans, and bus service through Greyhound, which provides eight inbound and outbound buses daily. Jackson-Evers International Airport is the major commercial airport serving the Greater Jackson area and is also a designated general purpose Foreign Trade Zone. The airport offers commercial airline flights to just about anywhere.

Jackson is the center of the metro area and is home to 176,614 people, bordered by Ridgeland to the north Pearl to the east, Byram to the south and Clinton to the west. The Greater Jackson area is home to over 545,000 people.

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