Annual increase: 6.6%
Average monthly rent: $802
Vacancy rate: 6.0% (8.2% in 2009)
Average concession: -2%
Jackson is showing signs of recovery. Rents are up, and in parts of Rankin County they rose by 8.2 percent last year, according to AXIOMetrics. Unemployment fell to 10.8 percent in December, ending 2010 with an average jobless rate of 13.2 percent compared to 13.5 percent in 2009. The government, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Nissan are among Jackson's biggest employers, according to the Greater Jackson Alliance Mississippi. Foreclosures also fell in 2010 to 0.84 percent, according to RealtyTrac.