Life in Jackson

Life in Jackson


Jackson County is rich with history and heritage. Quaint towns dot the landscape surrounding the City of Jackson. Some of the oldest and most beautiful homes in Michigan are still standing in Jackson. The city also has a very historied past, playing instrumental roles in the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and founding the Republican Party. Jackson was once a major rail hub for the state and is known as the ‘crossroads of Michigan.’ It now lies on I-94, US 127, M-50 and M-60 interchanges along with numerous rail lines, making Jackson County a great location for both businesses and residents alike. Visit our Transportation and Infrastructure Page to learn more about getting around Jackson.

Jackson County is home to some of the best public and private golf courses in Michigan. In fact, there are more holes of golf per capita here than any other county in the United States. There are also over 17,000 acres of some of the best kept public parks around to enjoy recreational activities outdoors.

Family, fun and relaxation are also highly treasured here. During the summer, there are festivals and events to entice residents nearly every weekend. The Rose Festival in June kicks off the festival season with a wide array of events including a parade and a Party in the Park. Fathers Day weekend in June brings the excitement of the first of two NASCAR race weekends. June also features several music festivals ranging in styles from Blues to Rock to Folk music with Jackson Bluesfest, Rockapalooza and Folkgalore.  July brings the Hot Air Jubilee which includes spectacular aerial and ground shows. The Michigan Shakespeare Festival also begins in July and runs four weeks at the Potter Center at the Jackson College. August brings the festival season to a close with the Jackson County Fair, another big NASCAR race weekend and the Cascades Civil War Muster, the largest Civil War Muster in the Midwest. Visit Experience Jackson to learn more about what Jackson has to offer. ( Enjoy your stay at the place we like to call home.

Visit Experience Jackson to learn more about these and the other great things Jackson has to offer. Enjoy your stay at the place we like to call home.


With 12 public school districts, three charter schools, and seven private and parochial schools, Jackson County is a great place for children and teens to start or continue their paths towards success. Although close in proximity, each school is distinct and offers every child in the area a learning environment rich in resources and tradition.

The school districts in Jackson County are:

Furthermore, there are three higher learning institutions directly in Jackson County - Spring Arbor University (SAU), Baker College and Jackson College (JC). Fifteen additional institutions are within one hour of Jackson County, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Albion College and Cooley Law School.

The Academy for Manufacturing Careers (AMC)

For those more apt to develop skilled trades, The AMC is a certified Registered Apprenticeship Program by the U.S. Department of Labor. The AMC is sponsored by and delivered through the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association (JAMA) in partnership with South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW!).

The Jackson Area College and Career Connection (JAC3) Early/Middle College (E/MC)

The Jackson Area College and Career Connection Early/Middle College (JAC3 E/MC) program is a unique learning program that creates a pathway for Jackson County high school students to simultaneously earn their high school diploma; college credit; a technical/career credential; participation within a school-to-registered apprenticeship; and the opportunity for employment upon graduation...All while remaining enrolled in their local high school!

Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurial Development

The Hosmer Center for Entrepreneurship at Spring Arbor University (SAU) has a multi-faceted impact on its academic programs. Not only do courses offered through the Center become part of an innovative business curriculum, the Center provides interdisciplinary options for students pursuing other majors to be influenced by entrepreneurial and inventive thinking. Throughout the curriculum, Spring Arbor students are able to study with educators, scientists and business leaders through collaborative learning and conferencing opportunities across the country and around the world. Historically, universities and colleges have focused on teaching business fundamentals, but SAU goes beyond textbook to provide cutting-edge training, relevant to those who want to start a new company or move up within an established company. Instruction serves to develop an understanding of the vast array of persons and resources that form our global community.

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way is a national high school-based program that makes math and science relevant to students. A middle school version of the program is called Gateway to Technology. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they learn in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. This approach is called activities-based, project-based and problem-based learning (or APPB-learning, for short). Research has shown that schools practicing APPB-learning experience an increase in student motivation, cooperative learning skills, higher-order thinking and student achievement. The Jackson County Intermediate School District is aggressively rolling out both Project Lead the Way and Gateway to Technology throughout the county. Existing area hands-on learning programs like the I Can Make It Camp, Engineering is Elementary, Girl M-Powered, Machining U and Shop Rats have been aligned to connect seamlessly with the two new programs. This allows kids and teens throughout the school district with in-classroom and extracurricular opportunities to build advanced science, technology, engineering, math, and computer-aided manufacturing skills.

The Jackson Legacy Program

The Jackson Legacy Program, a newly created initiative much like The Kalamazoo Promise, is supported by the three IHEs through annual scholarships of $3,000. Scholarships are awarded to Jackson County high school graduates, which attend Baker College, Jackson College or Spring Arbor University. The program’s mission states that it is designed "to cultivate productive citizens through effective, relevant education; to provide Jackson County high school graduates with opportunities to further their education; and to revitalize Jackson County." More information about the Jackson Legacy Program, sponsored by the Jackson Community Foundation, can be found on their web site Jackson Community Foundation


Health Care

Jackson County is home to world class health care. Henry Ford Allegiance Health, is the County’s main hospital with over 3,500 full and part-time employees.  The main number to reach Henry Ford Allegiance Health personnel and/or patients is 517-788-4800.

Henry Ford Health System and Allegiance Health completed regulatory approvals and finalized a definitive agreement that officially brings the Jackson-based health system into Henry Ford. The announcement was made April 5, 2016 when the two organizations introduced the 475-bed health system’s new name – Henry Ford Allegiance Health. In 2008, Allegiance Health was responsible for 70 percent of new commercial construction in Jackson. In recent years it has built dozens of health-related businesses, including a $17 million heart center that opened in 2008. A $15 million medical center that focuses on the specialties of bones, muscles and nerves opened in June. The health system’s numerous awards for quality and patient satisfaction help its own marketing efforts, and also help the community market itself to new industries.

Jackson County is served by these additional medical care centers and other health care related facilities, to include hospice (this is not considered a complete list):


Home Sweet Home

Nestled between more populous counties to the north and east, the County of Jackson affords a wonderfully wide range of housing for its residents. City living, beautiful suburbs, rolling countryside, and lakeside homes allow options for everyone and every lifestyle.

With 19 townships, six villages, and the City of Jackson within the county, each with its own government, character, and charm, it's likely that you can find the ideal neighborhood for you and your family.

Housing prices across the county are reasonable and generally lower than more populated counties. In fact, Jackson County is a very affordable way to live close to the amenities of other Michigan communities, without the high cost and congestion. Over the last few years, Jackson County has consistently been rated as one of the 10 most affordable housing markets in the United States.

Learn more about housing in Jackson County from these associations: