Jackson Warnings and Dangers
Deep in the heart of Mississippi is the city of Jackson, the state’s capital and most heavily populated urban area. Although there’s much to see and do, remember to heed warnings and avoid the dangers of the area.
The Bad Parts of Town
There are a few areas of the city you may want to consider avoiding. Amongst the major streets you should avoid are Ellis Avenue, Robinson Road, Highway 80, McDowell Road, and Hanging Moss Road. Use common sense in and around these areas. The major streets in Jackson that you should consider avoiding all together include Bailey Ave, Fortification Street, Medgar Evers Boulevard, Terry Road, and West Northside Drive. These are the streets where the most crime in the city occurs. Robberies at gunpoint are known to happen, so if you must travel through these areas, make sure to do so during the day and remain in a group. However, visitors to the city should know that Jackson is generally safe outside these few streets.
West Nile Virus
There are only about three months out of the year when mosquitos are not prolific in the South. Recently, there have been increasing reports of the West Nile around Hinds County, where Jackson is located. Be sure to take every precaution against mosquito bites. Making common sense decisions, like using insect repellent and wearing light-colored clothing, will help you avoid the worst of the mosquitos. Protection is especially important for the elderly, who are the most risk of serious infection if they are bitten.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Jackson.