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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population33,165
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens10.3%
Employed Population 16+12,385
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married33.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.1%
Median Earnings25+$24,163
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,779
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,817

Wealth

Median Family Income$34,034
% Above Poverty Level63.7%
% Below Poverty Level36.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation2%

Housing

People Living Alone33.9%
Median Gross Rent$648
Median House Value$62,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.8%
German17.3%
English14.2%
Irish13.4%
Polish6.4%
French Except Basque2.6%
Scottish2.3%
Italian2%
Dutch1.1%
Canadian0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Belgian0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Russian0.3%
African0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Greek0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Czech0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Jackson Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jackson County
Standard Zip Codes49201, 49202, 49203
P.O. Box Zip Codes49204
Phone Area Codes517
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.19
Approximate Longitude-84.3

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)

StationJACKSON CO AP
Distance3.6 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches
StationEAST LANSING 4 S
Distance29.4 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.9 inches
StationADRIAN 2 NNE
Distance30.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 32 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp59 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip35.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brooklyn1,413$55,455
Concord1,211$54,107
Grass Lake1,211$65,673
Hanover440$48,393
Parma753$57,500

Jackson Public Libraries

Jackson District Library
244 WEST MICHIGAN AVENUE
Jackson, Michigan
(517) 788-4099

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Jackson Hospitals

Allegiance Health
(Non-profit)
205 N East Ave
Carelink Of Jackson, A Community-owned Specialty H
(Non-profit)
110 N Elm Avenue

Jackson Public Schools

Ackerson Lake Community Education
4126 Brooklyn Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 764-0761
High
Total Enrollment 55
Bertha Robinson School
5400 Seymour Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 764-1810
Middle
Total Enrollment 242
Da Vinci Institute (9-12)
2255 Emmons Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 796-0031
High
Total Enrollment 163
Jackson High School
544 Wildwood Ave
ZIP: 49201
(517) 841-3700
High
Total Enrollment 1279
Jackson Isd Local Based Special Education Programs
6700 Browns Lake Road
ZIP: 49201
(517) 990-8093
Other
Total Enrollment 79
Jackson Preparatory & Early College
2111 Emmons Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 768-2093
Other
Total Enrollment 235
Lyle A. Torrant Center
1175 West Parnall Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 768-5129
Other
Total Enrollment 139
Northwest Alternative High School
6900 Rives Junction Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 817-4702
High
Total Enrollment 90
Northwest High School
4200 Van Horn Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 817-4702
High
Total Enrollment 886
Northwest Kidder Middle School
6700 Rives Junction Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 817-4703
Middle
Total Enrollment 649
Paragon Charter Academy
3750 Mccain Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 750-9500
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Way East Jackson
3000 Blake Rd
ZIP: 49201
(517) 764-2090
High
Total Enrollment 45
Bennett School
820 Bennett St
ZIP: 49202
(517) 841-2730
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Da Vinci Institute (k-8)
559 Murphy St
ZIP: 49202
(517) 780-9980
Primary
Total Enrollment 158
East Jackson High School
1566 North Sutton Rd
ZIP: 49202
(517) 764-1700
High
Total Enrollment 321
East Jackson Middle School
1566 N. Sutton Road
ZIP: 49202
(517) 764-6010
Middle
Total Enrollment 186
Hunt Elementary School
1143 North Brown St
ZIP: 49202
(517) 841-2610
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Memorial School
345 North Dettman Rd
ZIP: 49202
(517) 784-7131
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Northeast Elementary School
1024 Fleming Ave
ZIP: 49202
(517) 841-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Northwest Elementary School
3757 Lansing Ave
ZIP: 49202
(517) 817-4704
Primary
Total Enrollment 637
Parnall Elementary School
3737 Lansing Ave
ZIP: 49202
(517) 817-4946
Primary
Total Enrollment 669
Youth Home- Jackson Isd
930 Fleming Ave
ZIP: 49202
(517) 990-8093
Other
Total Enrollment 29
Cascades School
1200 South Wisner St
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 221
Dibble Elementary School
3450 Kibby Rd
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-3970
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Frost Elementary School
1226 South Wisner St
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-2601
Primary
Total Enrollment 448
Mcculloch School
216 East Biddle St
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-3940
Primary
Total Enrollment 231
Middle School At Parkside
2400 4th St
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-2300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1052
Sharp Park Academy
766 Park Rd
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-2860
Primary
Total Enrollment 284
Ta Wilson School
310 West Morrell St
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-2800
Other
Total Enrollment 347
Townsend Elementary School
1005 Floyd Ave
ZIP: 49203
(517) 784-6133
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
Vandercook Lake High School
1000 East Golf Ave
ZIP: 49203
(517) 782-8167
Other
Total Enrollment 617
Woodville Community Center
3950 Catherine St
ZIP: 49203
(517) 841-8700
High
Total Enrollment 103

Jackson Private Schools

St Mary Star Of The Sea School
116 E Wesley St
ZIP: 49201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
Trinity Lutheran School
4900 Mccain Rd
ZIP: 49201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Jackson Catholic Middle School
915 Cooper St
ZIP: 49202
Secondary
Total Enrollment 186
St John Elementary School
405 E North St
ZIP: 49202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 209
Jackson Christian Middle/high School
4200 Lowe Rd
ZIP: 49203
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 214
Lumen Christi Catholic High School
3483 Spring Arbor Rd
ZIP: 49203
Secondary
Total Enrollment 471
Queen Of The Miraculous Medal School
811 S Wisner St
ZIP: 49203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 308
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Historic Jackson

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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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