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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B-
Michigan Center is a town in Michigan with a population of 4,741. Michigan Center is in Jackson County. Living in Michigan Center offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Residents of Michigan Center tend to be conservative. The public schools in Michigan Center are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$113,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$853
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Michigan Center Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Michigan Center

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,729
National
$55,322
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Michigan Center Reviews

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Michigan Center is a small town located just outside Jackson, MI. Despite its size, it has quite a diverse choice of restaurants to choose from. Everything from Chinese, to a locally owned Rudy's drive in. In July the Carp Carnival comes to town complete with greasy fair food, some rides for the kids, and a Beer Tent for the adults. If you live downtown just like me, you are 3 minutes or less from a gym, restaurants, car wash, schools, specialty stores, and the lake. It may be a small town, but it is an exceptional one.
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I lived and went to school here, It's a small town where most everyone knows each other, which makes local football games and parties even more fun.
Michigan Center is a small dying town just minutes from Jackson, Michigan. Most businesses that start up close their doors within a couple years. We do have a Dollar General, Burger King, Dairy Queen and a Mcdonalds that see a huge turnover in help. The largest employer would be Menards which is between Jackson and Michigan Center off from the expressway. A lot of second-hand stores or resale clothing shops open but don't make it very long. We have a couple bars that seem to do ok. One is quite large, but it has been sold and resold many times. Now it's used for MMA Fights and does very well. Most of the mom and pop diners close their doors after a year. If you drive down our main street, you will see many empty buildings. We do have a good high school, but it is a school of choice and a lot of students from Jackson attend.