Jackson, MI
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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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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%).

The percentage of adults in Jackson with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.13% of adults in Jackson have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

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.