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Quick Facts of Life in Jackson
- Jackson County has a state-of-the-art hospital - Allegiance Health with a total of 460 beds (includes long-term care), employing over 3,620.
- Jackson County houses the City of Jackson Police Department, Sheriff's Department, a State Police Post, State Prison facilities, and the National Guard Armory.
- There are 43 firefighters with three stations in the City. Jackson has a Class IV Fire Rating; there are more volunteer and professional stations throughout the County
- Jackson was originally the hub of the county's railroad, and for over a century it has been known as the crossroads of Michigan. In this modern time, Jackson is accessible from Interstate 94, US 127, M-50, and M-60 as well as the rail lines, making Jackson County a great location for both businesses and residents.
- Jackson District Library, located in downtown Jackson, has 13 branches throughout the County with over 300,000 volumes
- Over 250 Churches exist within the county
- 14 area hotels with a total of 918 beds
- Average temperature range: January, 15-29 F and in July, 61-83 F
- Average annual snowfall is 39" and average annual rainfall is 29"
- Altitude 900-1100 above sea level for Jackson County and 920-925 above sea level for the City of Jackson
- Jackson County covers 722 Square miles
- 2010 Jackson County Demographic Profile
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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
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
Total Labor Force: 70,433
Total residents in Jackson County, employed: 64,422
Total residents in Jackson County, not working: 6,011
Unemployment Rate for February 2014: 8.5%
Unemployment Rate for February 2013: 9.3%
Unemployment Rate for January 2014: 8.0%
Unemployment Rate for the US in February 2014: 6.7%
Unemployment Rate for Michigan in February 2014: 7.7%
*Source: February 2014 Labor Market Source/Michigan Employment Service Agency
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February 2014 Labor Market Analysis Report
As of March 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
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
Source: 2010 U.S. Census
Top Employers in Jackson County
- Allegiance Health 3,620
- Consumers Energy 2,400
- Michigan Department of Corrections 2,040
- Great Lakes Home Health & Hospice 1,118
- Local Government 870
- Jackson Public Schools 782
- Meijer, Inc.~2 Jackson locations 755
- Michigan Automotive Compressor (MACI) 750
- Jackson Community College 650
- Eaton Aerospace 636
- TAC Manufacturing 580
- Wal-Mart SuperCenter/Sam’s Club 568
- Jackson County Intermediate School District 500
- McDonald’s~8 Jackson locations 450
- Dawn Food Products 400
- Gerdau Special Steel North America 385
- Tenneco 350
- Spring Arbor University 300
- Anesthesia Business Consultants 284
- Lifeways/Community Connections 275
- Alro Steel 271
- Commonwealth & Associates 260
- Milso Michigan Seat Co./Jackson Canvas 235
- Center For Family Health 219
- Goodwill Industries 167
- Melling Tool 161
- Adco Products 158
- Way Bakeries/Perfection Bakeries 152
- CP Federal Credit Union 150
- CertainTeed Corporation/Wolverine Vinyl Siding 147
- Allied Chucker & Engineering 140
- Target Corporation 132
- Jackson District Library 125
- Eaton Hydraulics 120
- Jackson YMCA 120
- Classic Turning 110
Source: EG Business Success Reports, which are updated as most companies are visited annually
If your company has over 100 employees and you are not listed, please contact Debbie Kelly at 517-788-4330
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
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
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
Jackson Region National Awards/Top Rankings
- April 2012, Bloomberg News reported that Jackson County 'led the U.S. with a 2.2 percent point decrease in unemployment for the year ending in February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The region has produced about 1,000 manufacturing jobs since February 2010, according to the agency.'
- Allegiance Health receives national recognitions as the award recipient of the Foster G. McGaw for excellence in community service in 2011.
- March 2011, Jackson, Michigan was ranked by Site Selection Magazine as one of the nations' top 10 metropolitan areas of less than 200,000 population as a place to do business.
- November 2010, MSN.com recognized the Armory Arts Village as 10 of the world's most unusual apartments.
- The EG received 'Best Website' for the 2009 Michigan Economic Developers Association Marketing Materials Competition and first place in 2008 from the Mid-American Economic Development Council.
- The Armory Arts Village and the City of Jackson received the Cool Cities Neighborhood in Progress Project of the Year in 2007.
- The Armory Arts Village and the City of Jackson received the Michigan Municipal League's Community Excellence Award in 2006.
- Jackson designated as a "Cool City" in June 2004.
- Named 4th best golf value in America by Golf Digest Magazine in 2004.
- All American City Finalist in 2001.
- 1997 Golf Digest rated Jackson County as #14 in its national ranking of best places to play golf.
- Ella Sharp Museum ranked first in Small Museums and second in the Art Gallery category by Michigan's Best Treasure Awards 2000, Reader's Choice Award.
- Dahlem Environmental Center ranked third among Michigan's nature centers.
- Cascades Falls Park ranked as number one Sledding Hill in Michigan.
- Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary rated fourth best bird watching site in Michigan.
- The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. City of Jackson has received this award annually since 1991.
- City of Jackson Police Department received the Weber-Seavey award in 1995 for their Resident-Officer Program. Only the top ten in the nation receive this award.
- Jackson County ISD received an Award of Excellence for the Manufacturing Technologies Laboratory 1999.
- Jackson High School received a National Award in 1999 for their German Language Program.
- AAA Designations