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Quick Facts of Life in Jackson

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Population Facts

Jackson County Population: 160,248
City of Jackson Population: 33,534

Population by age group:
14 yrs and under: 30,514
15-19 yrs: 11,556
20-44 yrs: 49,841
45-64 yrs: 45,658
Over 65: 22,679

Source: 2010 U.S. Census

Income Facts

Median Household Income: $42,862
Average Per Capita Income for families: $20,803

Income by Occupied Housing Units
Less than $10,000: 6,273
$10,000 - $14,999: 3,557
$15,000 - $24,999: 8,478
$25,000 - $34,999: 5,888
$35,000 - $49,999: 8,453
$50,000 - $74,999: 11,619
$75,000 - $99,999: 6,977
$100,000 - $149,000: 5,068
$150,000 - $199,999: 1,051
$200,000 +: 1,024

Source: 2010 U.S. Census

Cost of Living

Overall: Jackson 92.2%
The total of all the cost of living categories weighted subjectively as follows: housing (30%), food and groceries (15%), transportation (10%), utilities (6%), health care (7%), and miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, services, and entertainment (32%). State and local taxes are not included in any category.

Housing: Jackson 79.4%
In 2007, the average sales price in Jackson County decreased to $120,000. This amount does not take into consideration any foreclosed sales. Source: Jackson Area Association of Realtors, 2007

Food and groceries: Jackson 106.7%
The average cost of food and groceries (not including restaurants).

Transportation: Jackson 97.4%
The average cost of gasoline, car insurance and maintenance expenses, and mass transit fare for the area. The cost of the vehicle and any vehicle registration and license taxes are not included.

Utilities: Jackson 82.8%
The average cost of heating or cooling a typical residence for the area, including electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil expenses.

Health care: Jackson 99.6%
The average cost of health care calculated using the standard daily rate for a hospital room, and the costs of a doctor’s office visit and a dental checkup.

Miscellaneous: Jackson 98.1%
The cost index of those goods and services not included in the other cost of living categories, including clothing, restaurants, repairs, entertainment, and other services.

NOTE: The National Average for each Cost of Living Category is 100%

Source: MSN Home Advisor

Labor Force

Total Labor Force: 72,164
Total residents in Jackson County, employed: 66,200
Total residents in Jackson County, not working: 5,964

Jackson County:
Unemployment Rate for July 2014: 8.3%
Unemployment Rate for July 2013: 10.0%
Unemployment Rate for June 2014: 7.7%

Unemployment Rate for the US in July 2014: 6.2%
Unemployment Rate for Michigan in July 2014: 7.7%
*Source: July 2014 Labor Market Source/Michigan Employment Service Agency

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July 2014 Labor Market Analysis Report

As of July 31, 2014, there have been no Jackson County businesses that have closed nor have there been any mass lay-offs in 2014. Source: WARN Notices for 2014

Employment by Occupation

Management, business, science, and arts: 18,783
Sales and office: 14,891
Educational services, health care and social assistance: 14,457
Service: 13,989
Manufacturing: 11,902
Production, transportation and material moving: 10,004
Retail trade: 8,184
Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food: 6,716
Natural resources, construction and maintenance: 5,103
Professional, scientific, management and waste management: 4,362
Construction: 3,283

Source: 2010 U.S. Census

Top Employers in Jackson County


Median household income: $42,862

Total Households: 60,771
Total Housing Units: 69,449
Total Occupied Housing Units: 58,388
Owner Occupied Housing: 43,722
Renter Occupied Housing: 14,666
Vacant Housing Units: 11,061

Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing: $116,600
Median Value of Rent: $658

Source: 2010 U.S. Census

Educational Attainment

Population 18-24 years
Less than high school graduate:17.5%
High school diploma or equivilent: 23.5%
Some college or associate’s degree:53.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher:5.7%

Population 25+ years
Total: 108,398
Less than 9th grade: 2.6%
9th - 12th grade, no diploma: 8.6%
High school diploma or equivilent: 33.0%
Some college, no degree: 30.1%
Associate’s degree: 8.0%
Bachelor’s degree: 12.2%
Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%

Percentage of high school graduate or higher: 88.8%
Percentage of bachelor’s degree or higher: 17.7%

Source: 2010 U.S. Census

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