Jackson is the only city and county seat of Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 33,534, down from 36,316 at the 2000 census. Located along Interstate 94 and U.S. Route 127, it is approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles (56 km) south of Lansing. Jackson is the core city of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Jackson County and population of 160,248.
Founded in 1829, it was named after President Andrew Jackson. Michigan's first prison, Michigan State Prison (or Jackson State Prison), opened in Jackson in 1838 and remains in operation. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jackson became an early automotive manufacturing center that attracted southerners and immigrants to the city's numerous factories, which saw its population increase significantly. In 1914 Macedonian immigrant George Todoroff founded the first "Coney Island restaurant" and created his famous Coney Island hot dog topping. Numerous railroad connections were constructed to Jackson, connecting it to many markets. The local invention of the duplex corset by Bortree helped make Jackson a center of corset manufacturing. By the early 20th century, as many as 16 manufacturers of women's corsets operated here; the majority of which were located on Cortland and Pearl streets.
Restructuring in heavy industry in the mid-20th century caused a decline in jobs and population in many industrial cities, including Jackson. There are three major private employers in the city. Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electrical services to much of Michigan and has its international headquarters in the city. The next two major employers are Henry Ford Allegiance Health Systems (formerly Foote Hospital) and the Eaton Corporation.
Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. (MACI) is the largest manufacturer in Jackson County and its fourth-largest individual employer. In February 2009 it began offering voluntary buyouts to its workers, in reaction to the slowing economy during the financial crisis.
Family-owned food manufacturer and distributor Dawn Foods has been based in Jackson since 1920.
Jackson is centrally located in South Central Michigan, within an hour's drive from Battle Creek, Lansing, Ann Arbor. Additionally, with an hour and a half of Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Toledo.
Known as "Pure Michigan" with our beautiful Great Lakes, Michigan touts about 10 Million residents, and formally entered the Union as a state on January 26, 1837.
Below is a link that will connect you to the State of Michigan's services, from registering your car and voter registration, to Michigan jobs and services such as health and education.
There's much to see here in Jackson county. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about the area. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to see what kind of culture the area has to offer as well.
Here are some links to get you acquainted with the Greater Jackson Area, from where to register to vote, utilities, and area schools, parks and events.
For a list of local schools in Jackson County
Experience Jackson lists area events going in Greater Jackson County year round.
From books, warming/cooling spaces, to meeting spaces, and events, JDL has all your area needs.
For All your Healthcare resources needed, visit Jackson County Health Dept.