Introduction to Jackson, Missouri

Jackson, Missouri, in Cape Girardeau county, is located 92 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri. The city’s population is approximately 11,947.

Jackson History

Jackson was founded in 1814 and was named after Andrew Jackson, the 7th U.S. President. The first courthouse of the county was built in 1818 and burned down in 1870. Jackson’s present courthouse was designed by P.H. Weathers and was established in 1908.

Jackson and nearby Attractions

  • Trail of Tears State Park
  • Cape River Heritage Museum
  • Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
  • Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Things To Do In Jackson

The Trail of Tears State Park, the Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, the Trail of Tears State Forest and the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area are each accessible from Jackson. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Bent Creek Golf Course. The city hosts Octoberfest and the Egyptfest-Antique Tractor Pull every year.

Jackson Transportation

Flights are available from Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

Jackson Higher Education

Southeast Missouri State University, John A Logan College and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale are among the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 14,221
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,617
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 55.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25%
Median Earnings25+ $34,330
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,284
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,815


Median Family Income $56,390
% Above Poverty Level 87.4%
% Below Poverty Level 12.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 26.3%
Median Gross Rent $782
Median House Value $152,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 15.2%

Jackson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 92 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri
County Cape Girardeau
Standard Zip Codes 63755
Phone Area Codes 573
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.382
Longitude -89.666

Jackson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 41 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station ANNA 2 NNE
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altenburg 466 $70,288
Cape Girardeau 38,665 $54,146
Gordonville 384 $88,250

Jackson Public Libraries

Riverside Regional Library
Jackson, Missouri
(573) 243-8141
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Jackson Public Library
Jackson, Missouri
(573) 243-5150
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Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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