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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Housing
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B
  5. Diversity
    B
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    C
  8. Cost of Living
    B
  9. Health & Fitness
    B+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  11. Commute
    B
Jackson County is located in Michigan with a population of 158,913. In Jackson County, most residents own their homes. In Jackson County there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Jackson County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Jackson County are above average.
Population
158,913

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$124,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$763
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    484.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    118.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    103.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    453.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,114.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    207.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Jackson County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$51,431
National
$55,322

Jackson County Reviews

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I've lived in Jackson practically my whole life (22 years) on Gilletts Lake (about 15 minutes from downtown) and I love it! Though downtown can be sketchy at times, they are doing a great job of trying to bring it back to life. They've already made big improvements by adding in new restaurants, the bright walls (murals), new shops, building a new apartment building, etc. Things are starting to look up for Jackson!
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My experience in Jackson overall has been good. Like every town it has its issues but there are great features to this little place. For example, Ella Sharp Park is filled with history, fun, and beauty. You can't go wrong spending a summer day there.The food is also a big plus here, there are great coney restaurants and you can find amazing polish food in almost any locally owned restaurant.We are also know for the bakeries like Hinkley’s. Not to mention this town also has people from all walks of life so the diversity is amazing. If I could change some things in my town I would like to see our downtown expand to bring in more residents, the roads to be repaired because like everywhere in Michigan they are awful. I would also like to see the city have more festivals and events to recognize and celebrate the cultural diversity we have to bring the community together. But in all, I have so much pride and love for this city I was born in; it is a great place and it will only get better!
Jackson has a variety of good restaurants and stores. Downtown is looking a lot better and the libraries in Jackson are very nice and have lots of activities for kids. The parks are pretty nice, depending on which you go to. Cascades and Ella Sharp are the best. Loomis is a fun park, but safety is an issue there. I wish Jackson residents would take more pride and ownership of this city, it could be great.