The Numbers

Jackson County Demographics

Jackson County Population Facts

Population Facts

Jackson County Population: 159,005
Income Facts

Income Facts

Jackson County Median Household Income: $51,625
Cost of Living

Cost of Living

Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Jackson, MI is less expensive than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Jackson, MI is more expensive.
Overall, Jackson, MI cost of living is 80. Overall ranking is a total of all the Cost of Living (COL) 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 = 40: Average cost of an area’s housing, which includes mortgage payments, apartment rents, and property tax.
Groceries = 96: Average cost of food in grocery stores in an area.
Transportation = 103: Average cost of gasoline, car insurance, maintenance expenses, and mass transit fare for the area. The cost of vehicles and any vehicle registration and license taxes are not included.
Utilities = 104: Average cost of heating or cooling a typical residence for the area, including electricity and natural gas.
Health = 97: 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 = 98: Average cost index of those goods and services not included in other COL categories including, clothing, restaurants, repairs, entertainment, and other services.
Source: Data and other content Original research and analysis by Sperling’s BestPlaces, June 2014
Labor Force

Labor Force

Total Labor Force: 75,512
Total residents in Jackson County, employed: 71,460
Total residents in Jackson County, not working:2,904
Jackson County:
Unemployment Rate for June 2018: 3.8%
Unemployment Rate for the US in June 2018: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate for Michigan in June 2018: 4.5%
*Source: June 2018 Labor Market Source/Michigan Employment Service Agency Michigan's Labor Market News for July 2018
As of June 30, 2018, there have been no Jackson County businesses that have closed nor have there been any mass lay-offs in 2018, with the exception of various state-wide closings at Younkers, which includes their Jackson location, as well as the Toys-R-Us store in Jackson.
Source: WARN Notices for 2018
Employment by Occupation

Total Employees in Jackson County: 72,154

Top Occupations
Office and Administrative Support: 10,741
Production Workers: 7,705
Sales: 7,234
Executive, Managers, and Administrators: 6,961
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners: 4,776
Source: Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2017 Demographic Estimates for Jackson County.
Business and Jobs

Business and Jobs

Jackson County has a total of 5,994 businesses. The leading industries in Jackson County:
Health Care and Social Services:1,120 establishments with 15,984 jobs
Retail:806 establishments with 9,484 jobs
Manufacturing:309 establishments with 6,626 jobs
Education:164 establishments with 6,345 jobs
Source: Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2017 Demographic Estimates for Jackson County.
Top Employers in Jackson County

Top Employers in Jackson County

Henry Ford Allegiance Health: 4,100
Consumers Energy: 2,400
Michigan Department of Corrections: 2,040
Great Lakes Caring: 1,118
Michigan Automotive Compressor (MACI): 1,100
TAC Manufacturing: 990
Local Government: 870
Jackson Public Schools: 782
Meijer, Inc. ~2 Jackson locations: 755
Eaton Corporation: 700
Jackson College: 650
Wal-Mart SuperCenter/Sam’s Club: 568
Tenneco: 510
Jackson County Intermediate School District: 500
McDonald’s ~8 Jackson locations: 450
Dawn Food Products: 468
Gerdau Special Steel North America: 385
Spring Arbor University: 300
Anesthesia Business Consultants: 284
Lifeways/Community Connections: 275
Alro Steel: 271
Melling Tool: 270
Royal Adhesives and Sealants: 250
Milso Michigan Seat Co./Jackson Canvas: 235
Center For Family Health: 219
Elm Plating: 208
Commonwealth Associates: 200
HCL America, Inc.: 200
Goodwill Industries: 167
Advance Turning & Manufacturing: 160
American Tooling Center: 160
Klavon's Pizzeria & Pub: 155
CP Federal Credit Union: 150
CertainTeed Corporation/Wolverine Vinyl Siding: 147
Allied Chucker & Engineering: 140
Way Bakeries/Perfection Bakeries: 140
Lomar Machine & Tool: 136
Target Corporation: 132
Jackson District Library: 125
Eaton Hydraulics: 120
Jackson YMCA: 120
Classic Turning: 110
Worthington Specialty Processing: 107
Source: EG Business Success Reports, which are updated as most companies are visited annually
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Median household income: $51,625
Total Dwellings: 68,872
Total Owner-Occupied Dwellings: 46,015
Total Renter-Occupied Dwellings: 16,805
Housing Units Occupied: 62,820
Average Sale Price for Residential in 2017: $151,511
Average Sale Price for Residential in 2016: $134,787
Total number of Residential sales in 2017: 1,919
Sources: Jackson Area Association of Realtors, 2017 Statistics, and Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2017 Demographic Estimates for Jackson County
Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment

9th grade:2.08%
9th through 12th grade:7.51%
High school diploma or equivilent:34.39%
Some college:25.68%
Associate’s Degrees:9.49%
Bachelor’s Degrees:14.27%
Graduate Degrees:6.57%
The majority of the population of Jackson County has completed at least a high school diploma, and 30.33 percent have a College Degree. Source: Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2017 Demographic Estimates for Jackson County