Jackson is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 32,704 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Jackson is the 39th largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in Jackson was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Jackson is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Jackson is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Jackson who work in office and administrative support (14.15%), sales jobs (10.13%), and food service (8.43%).
The citizens of Jackson are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.77% of adults in Jackson have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Jackson in 2010 was $17,633, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,532 for a family of four. Jackson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.84% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Jackson is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Jackson home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Jackson residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Jackson include German, English, Irish, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Jackson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.