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: 74,530
Total residents in Jackson County, employed: 71,460
Total residents in Jackson County, not working: 3,070
Jackson County:
Unemployment Rate for November 2017: 4.1%
Unemployment Rate for the US in November 2017: 4.1%
Unemployment Rate for Michigan in November 2017: 4.6%
*Source: November 2017 Labor Market Source/Michigan Employment Service Agency Michigan's Labor Market News - December 2017
As of December 31, 2017, there have been no Jackson County businesses that have closed nor have there been any mass lay-offs in 2017, with the exception of state-wide plant closings totaling 84 jobs at Sears, and 130 jobs at Kmart. The number of those jobs in Jackson County are unknown.
Source: WARN Notices for 2017
Employment by Occupation

Total Employees by Occupation

Top Occupations
Office and Administrative Support: 10,421
Sales: 7,949
Production Workers: 7,260
Executive, Managers, and Administrators: 5,444
Education, Training, and Library: 4,407
Source: Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016 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: $46,524
Total Dwellings: 68,993
Total Owner-Occupied Dwellings: 45,322
Total Renter-Occupied Dwellings: 17,474
Housing Units Occupied: 62,796
Total Families: 41,458
Average Sale Price for Residential in 2016: $134,787
Total number of Residential sales in 2016: 1,715
Sources: Jackson Area Association of Realtors, 2016 Statistics, and Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016 Demographic Estimates for Jackson County
Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment

Based on Population 25 years and over
9th grade:2.34%
9th through 12th grade:7.37%
High school diploma or equivilent:33.96%
Some college:26.93%
Associate’s Degrees:9.38%
Bachelor’s Degrees:13.67%
Graduate Degrees:6.36%
20.03% of the population in Jackson County has a college degree, and the majority of the population has completed at least a high school diploma. Source: Zoom Prospector - Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016 Demographic Estimates for Jackson County
Jackson Region National Awards/Top Rankings

Jackson Region National Awards/Top Rankings

  • August 2012, Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC) receives 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazers and Innovators Award
  • 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, recognized the Armory Arts Village as 10 of the world's most unusual apartments.
  • The Enterprise Group of Jackson 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