LOCATION: Jackson, Michigan

From its historic downtown, to the 600 acres of beautiful, open parkland that stretch across the city limits providing limitless outdoor recreational opportunities, Jackson easily earns its designation as one of Michigan’s “Cool Cities.” Once known as the “Crossroads of Michigan” due to its location at the I-94/US 127 junction and its use as a major railway hub, Jackson has become a crossroads of innovation led by an eclectic group of entrepreneurs and artists.

The area features numerous festivals and celebrations and cultural activities abound. Attend the symphony, catch a Broadway show, or stop by the Shakespeare Festival. History buffs may wish to explore Jackson’s captivating history with a visit to the birthplace of the Republican Party “Under the Oaks,” or soak in her rich heritage with tours of Underground Railroad and Civil War sites. Wine lovers can spend the day at their favorite local winery and race fans can try their hand at a lap around the famed Michigan International Speedway. Love the water? You’ll find plenty of it to play in here, so grab your gear and set off on an adventure.

In the “Rose City,” there’s something for everyone...making it the perfect place to call home.

At a glance:

  • Population as of the 2010 census: 33,534
  • Median house value: $91,800
  • Median household income: $32,167
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.1 mins.