According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which, 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.27%) is water. The city is nestled in the heart of the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains and the banks of the North Fork of the Kentucky River pass through the city, as well. Jackson is an incorporated city and the county seat in Breathitt County, Kentucky, United States. Originally established as Breathitt Town in 1839, the name was changed to Jackson in 1845. The city is named in honor of the war hero of the War of 1812 and former President of the United States of America, Andrew Jackson, who had died that same year of the name change. The population was 2,244 according to the 2010 census.