Jackson, MI
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Jackson is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 33,133 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, Jackson isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Jackson are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Jackson is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Jackson who work in office and administrative support (14.69%), sales jobs (13.14%), and food service (7.52%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Jackson rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.94% 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 $15,570, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,280 for a family of four. Jackson also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.73% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Jackson is a very 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 African.

The most common language spoken in Jackson is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.