Jackson, Michigan

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Jackson is a city located in Jackson County, Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 36,316. It was founded in 1827. It is the birthplace of the Republican Party. One of the Apollo capsules was kept here at the Jackson Space Center. Unfortunately, the museum closed in 2004 and its exhibits have been consolidated with the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. It is the county seat of Jackson County, Michigan. It was named for Democratic President Andrew Jackson.

Surrounding communities include Parma, Spring Arbor, Springport, Napoleon and Michigan Center.



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Location of Jackson, Michigan

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.7 km² (11.1 mi²). 28.7 km² (11.1 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


Jackson is home to one of the world's largest maximum-security prisons, which provides employment to many Jackson residents, commonly referred to as Jacksonians. The other main employer in the city is Consumers Energy, the principle subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and electrical services, among others.

Coney Island Heritage

Jackson is known "the world 'round" for its famous Coney Island-style hot dogs. Originating with arguably The Jackson Coney Island or The Virginia Lunch, both located on Michigan Avenue in the early 1910s, the Coney Island hotdog has been a Jackson mainstay. Coney Island hot dogs typically contain "everything", or meat sauce, mustard, and chopped onions. Unlike neighboring Detroit Coney Island hot dogs, Jackson sauce more closely resembles crumbled ground beef than the more traditional chili con carne, runny sauces of Detroit. Many Jackson residents have fond memories of eating Coney Island hot dogs during the height of their popularity in the 1960's.

Many Coney Island restaurants are still active today, including :

  • The Jackson Coney Island
  • The Virginia Lunch
  • Todoroff's Coney Island
  • The Roxy Caf

Sparks County Park - Illuminated Cascades

Located on Warren Avenue, the park occupies nearly 500 acres and contains the illuminated "Cascades", six fountains and a giant concrete waterfall construction over which water tumbles in continually changing patterns of colorful light. The falls are lit after dusk until 11 PM, every summer evening. There also is a small museum depicting the history of Cascades Falls, two golf courses, tennis courts, a picnic area, lagoons with paddleboats in the summer and ice skating in the winter, batting cages, and a miniature golf course.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 36,316 people, 14,210 households, and 8,668 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,264.4/km² (3,274.9/mi²). There are 15,241 housing units at an average density of 530.6/km² (1,374.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 73.87% White, 19.70% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.65% from other races, and 3.67% from two or more races. 4.05% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 14,210 households out of which 33.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.8% are married couples living together, 19.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% are non-families. 32.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 3.12.

In the city the population is spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,294, and the median income for a family is $39,072. Males have a median income of $31,957 versus $23,817 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,230. 19.6% of the population and 15.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 26.9% of those under the age of 18 and 11.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

External links


Jackson is a town on Old U.S. 12, Interstate Highway 94, and U.S. Highway 127ja:ジャクソン (ミシガン州) pl:Jackson (miasto w Michigan)


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