Jackson is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 32,918 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Jackson is the 39th largest community in Michigan. Jackson has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Jackson who work in office and administrative support (14.21%), sales jobs (11.07%), and food service (8.38%).
A lot of people in Jackson take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Jackson, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Jackson rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.13% of adults 25 and older in Jackson have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Jackson in 2010 was $16,183, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,732 for a family of four. Jackson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.26% 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 English, Irish, Polish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Jackson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.