Jackson Forbes StoryFebruary 19, 2016 (Jackson, Miss.) - All roads lead South, and Jackson is the destination. Forbes named it one of 10 up-and-coming cities for recent college graduates. Jackson was the only Southern city included in the list.

Author Kathryn Dill referenced the city's music scene, cultural events and historic places as primary factors for her selection. Her rankings complement a 2014 study by Donkey Credit, which selected Jackson as one of the top five cities for starting over. According to the site, Jackson's unemployment rate, percentage of single adults, population growth and income growth present opportunities for "innovation, growth and charm."

The spotlight on Jackson didn't stop there. Other national publications have recognized the city's growth. Matador Network named Jackson the third most artistic town in America. That ranking said, “towns on this list have stood out on the American landscape for decades, and continue to reinvent their artistic communities each year.”