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Pearl, Mississippi is situated on the east side of the Pearl River from the state capital of Jackson, and is the largest city in Rankin County. Currently, the thirteenth largest city in the state, the bottomlands of the river were sparsely populated until the mid-1900s when people began to spread out from Jackson into the surrounding countryside, in part spurred by the development of accessible interstate highways and the Jackson-Evers International Airport. Founded in 1865, Pearl was incorporated in 1973. Because it is not the county seat, Pearl does not have a downtown square. Instead, the former Pearl High School building was renovated and repurposed to include the city hall office, the police department, public works, and court facilities, and a community center was built next door. The Mississippi Braves, a minor league baseball team in the Southern League, moved from Greenville, South Carolina to Trustmark Park in Pearl in 2004. Pearl is a suburb of Jackson, which borders the city on the northwest. Other nearby communities include Brandon, Florence, Flowood, Richland, and Robinhood.


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