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Overview

Introduction to Jackson, Michigan

Jackson is situated in the south central portion of Michigan in Jackson County. It was established in 1829 and was named in tribute to President Andrew Jackson. The city is recognized as the place of origin for the Republican Party. The region features hundreds of lakes and is well known for its numerous, quality golf courses. Golf Digest rated Jackson as one of the best values for golfing.

History

Due primarily to its central location, the railroad was constructed in Jackson in 1841. The town became a prominent rail station with six railroads running through it and containing ten switching and repair facilities. In 1854 the establishment of the Republican Party occurred in the city. It was created to prevent the spreading of slavery. The local Underground Railroad provided assistance to slaves who had escaped. By 1901 Jackson became an important location for the manufacturing of automobile parts and by 1910 the automobile industry was the major factor for the economy.

Attractions and Culture

The nearby Michigan International Speedway hosts several NASCAR races. The Pioneer wine making area is popular with tourists. Its scenic landscape consists of rolling hills and numerous lakes. The Michigan Theatre features Spanish Renaissance architecture and is recognized as one of the superb theaters in Michigan. The George E. Potter Center is a prominent venue for a wide variety of cultural events such as Broadway shows, quality national and international shows and well known entertainers. The city is home to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Croswell Opera House and the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.

Museums and Historic Sites

  • The Carnegie Library Building features Neoclassical architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Conklin Reed Organ and History Museum showcases a vast number of functional antique reed organs and visitors usually have an opportunity to listen to organ music
  • Waterloo Area Farm and Museum offers visitors a chance to experience the life of the early pioneers
  • Whistle Stop Park Depot is an historic Romanesque train station
  • Under the Oaks
  • Ye Olde Carriage Shop
  • Gerald E. Eddy Geology Center
  • Walker Tavern Complex
  • Ella Sharp Museum Galleries

Activities

Jackson is a major location for golf enthusiasts. It features numerous beautiful courses. The Optimist Arena provides opportunities for ice skating and hockey, including leagues for the young and for men. The Jackson Speedway/Kart Track is utilized for go-karting by amateurs and experienced competitive racers. Waterloo State Recreation Area is a large acreage and includes the popular Portage Lake Campground.

The Sparks Foundation County Park includes the famous Cascade Falls which are beautifully illuminated and often accompanied by music. The park is utilized for a wide variety of activities. Sharp Park hosts cultural activities, features an arboretum and includes cross-country skiing trails, flower gardens and nature trails. Jackson is home to a vast number of parks.

People

Total Population 33,255
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 10.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,155
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 34.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $23,995
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,965
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,028

Wealth

Median Family Income $31,479
% Above Poverty Level 64%
% Below Poverty Level 36%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.3%
Median Gross Rent $652
Median House Value $62,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.9%
US/American 0%
English 14.1%
Irish 12.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jackson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles W of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Jackson
Metro Area Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 49201, 49202, 49203
P.O. Box Zip Codes 49204
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.245
Longitude -84.401

Jackson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station JACKSON CO AP
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Station EAST LANSING 4 S
Distance 29.4 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches
Station ADRIAN 2 NNE
Distance 30.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brooklyn 1,309 $47,250
Concord 1,127 $49,063
Grass Lake 1,285 $68,409
Hanover 363 $51,042
Parma 870 $53,409

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jackson Public Libraries

Library
Jackson District Library
244 WEST MICHIGAN AVENUE
Jackson, Michigan
(517) 788-4087
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Jackson Hospitals

WA FOOTE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
205 N EAST AVE
(517) 780-7341
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jackson High Schools

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JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL
544 WILDWOOD AVENUE
517-841-3700
A Title I School.
Serves 1,825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.9

NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
4200 VAN HORN ROAD
517-569-2247
Serves 1,040 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

VANDERCOOK LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
1000 E. GOLF AVENUE
517-782-8167
Serves 679 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

EAST JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL
1566 N. SUTTON ROAD
517-764-1700
Serves 506 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

WESTERN OPTIONS CENTER
3950 CATHERINE STREET
517-841-8700
A Non-traditional School
Serves 157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 39.3

DA VINCI INSTITUTE (9-12)
2255 EMMONS ROAD
517-796-0031
A Charter School.
Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

CLEMENT SCHOOL
6020 E. MICHIGAN
517-764-3400
A Non-traditional School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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W.H. Jackson residence. between 1898 and 1905

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W.H. Jackson residence. between 1898 and 1905

State prison (exterior) between 1915 and 1925

Prison yard between 1915 and 1925

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