Area Code 601

Where Is Area Code 601?

Updated: February 28th 2021

Area code 601 serves central Mississippi. Area code 601 was put into use on January 1, 1947; it was Mississippi’s original area code and therefore covered the entire state of Mississippi. Area code 601 was split in 1997 to form area code 228 and again split in 1999 to form area code 662. In 2005, area code 601 was overlaid with area code 769. Area code 601 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers 38 counties of Mississippi.

Jackson is the capital of Mississippi and is the largest city in Mississippi. Jackson is the county seat of Hinds County and is known as the “City with Soul.” Going back in history, Jackson was at the forefront of numerous events that shaped America. The Choctaw Nation was the first to occupy the city. Louis LeFleur was the city’s first European-American settler; the city became known as LeFleur’s Bluff. In 1821, the city’s location on the Pearl River and the Natchez Trace led to the city being chosen as the state capital. The city was named Jackson after General Andrew Jackson in honor of him being victorious at the Battle of New Orleans. The city was the center of the political, economic, and social activity in Mississippi. During the Civil War in the 1860s, the city was full of soldiers and was the center of manufacturing for the Confederate States of America. During the early twentieth century, Jackson experienced significant growth, especially with the discovery of natural gas fields. In 1960, Jackson was the site for a major civil rights movement.

Today Jackson is located on the Pearl River and sits atop the Jackson Volcano. Jackson has a humid subtropical climate, meaning hot summers and mild winters; the city also lies in a region prone to severe thunderstorms. Jackson has a population of 173,514 and the racial makeup of the city is 79.4% African American, 18.4% White, 1.6% Hispanic, and 0.4% Asian (2010 Census).

The city reached a peak population of more than 200,000 residents in 1980, but since then, the population steadily declined. The decline in population is due to white flight and wealthier residents moving to newer housing. When it comes to crime, Jackson’s crime rate is one of the highest in both Mississippi and in the United States. Jackson is an extremely dangerous city and the violent crime rate has remained consistently high throughout the years. When visiting the city, it is best to stay in the tourist areas. Jackson is a major business force in Mississippi. Agriculture, namely livestock, cotton, poultry, and grains, is essential to Jackson’s economy. With almost 500 manufacturers in Jackson, manufacturing is another big part of the economy; the city manufactures goods such as electrical and electronic equipment, automobiles and automobile components, apparel, furniture, and wood products. In addition to manufacturing, other sectors of the economy include construction, health care, retail, telecommunications, and tourism. The tallest building in the city is the Regions Plaza, which stands at a height of 318 feet. When flying to and from Jackson, the Jackson-Evers International Airport services the city. Major highways in the city include US 51, Interstate 55, Interstate 20, Interstate 220, US 49, and US 80.

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There is never a dull moment when visiting Jackson, which is steeped in southern culture. Live music and various arts can be found all over the city. Annual events that draw big crowds in Jackson include the Jackson Blues Festival, the Hot Air Jubilee, the Jackson Civil War Muster, and the Faster Horses Festival. A big point of interest in Jackson is the Jackson Zoo, which is home to over 200 species of animals and has been open since 1919. Museums in the city include the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Old Capitol Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Museum. Historic sites in the city include the Eudora Welty House and Garden, the Medgar Evers Home, and the State Capitol. Parks in the city include Battlefield Park, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Parham Bridges Park, and Sheppard Brothers Park. Jackson is home to so many notable people that it would be impossible to even start listing some of them off.

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