A Jackson Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Jackson Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Tennessee
8812% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Jackson cost of living
F Jackson Crime Total crime is 53% higher than Tennessee
Total crime
5,290105% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19105% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Jackson crime
D- Jackson Employment Household income is 15% lower than Tennessee
Median household income
$39,74728% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,09423% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%4% higher than the US average
Jackson employment
F Jackson Housing Home value is 12% lower than Tennessee
Median home value
$128,70030% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79816% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Jackson real estate or Jackson rentals
D- Jackson Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Tennessee
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
42%14% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
0:1100% lower than the US average
Jackson K-12 schools or Jackson colleges

Living in Jackson, TN

Located in the state of Tennessee, Jackson is a medium-sized city with a population of 67,162 inhabitants. Jackson is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (51%) and Black or African American (45%). Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Jackson is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 17 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Jackson, Tennessee could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Jackson and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Jackson to Tennessee and the national average.

Jackson has a livability score of 59 out of 100 and is ranked #340 in Tennessee and #24,108 in the USA. Compared to the US average, this city has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Jackson ranks well for amenities (A) and cost of living (C+). On a more negative note, Jackson does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), education (D-), employment (D-) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Jackson has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Casey Jones Village, Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum, and Cypress Grove Nature Park.

Jackson real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Jackson. The median home price for Jackson homes is $128,700, which is 11.8% lower than the Tennessee average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Jackson, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 3.2% higher than the Tennessee average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Jackson were 11.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.8%.

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Great community to live and work in.

Jackson is a great community and the people are great. There is a lot of good quality restaurants. There are a lot of colleges in town and surrounding areas. I would recommend living here.
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Escape while you can...

I grew up in Jackson TN and fortunately I escaped with my family in 2009. This place is stuffed to the rim with racism, good-ole-boy politicians, legalism, nepotism, crime and apathy. The cost of living as compared to the median salary is astoundingly bad. The only people with money in this town inherited it from deceased family members or brought it in from outside of the community. Anybody who has lived anywhere slightly above the national standard will immediately recognize this place for exactly what it is. The public schools are terrible as evidenced by the mass migration out of the county in search of an average education for their offspring. The job opportunities in Jackson are reserved for people with the correct last name. Do not move here, go the other way as fast as you possibly can.
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weakest town in the world

no jobs,nightlife sucks,and has a lot of crime for its size
this is more of a place for people 60 and over
now the cost of living aint too bad but not very much excitement in these parts
I've been here for almost 20yrs and making a major change very soon and
heading to arizona,vegas,cali,texas or new york city where there are more career and business
opportunities. people here are reluctant to change and stuck in the early 1900s when times have
drastically changed just in the last 5yrs alone!! there are a lot of hotels and restauraunts but thats about
all they have here
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Jackson, TN - Southern Charm

My family spent a week in Jackson, TN in spring of 2010. I loved the southern charm that this city offers. There is plenty of small town feel and friendly people. It's proximity to the large city of Memphis puts nightlife about an hour away.

Don't worry too much about Memphis. There is so much to do in Jackson, TN that families won't get bored. Local celebrities include the railroad engineer named Casey Jones. An entire museum is dedicated to his honor. It's a 'must see' stop. My kids really liked seeing all the train items that are on exhibit there.

There are historic locations throughout the city that are perfect for families to enjoy. One that my family particularly liked is the Cypress Grove Nature Park. It has a lake, pond and 7,000 ft boardwalk. The Raptor Center there is home to birds that have been injured and can't be returned to the wild. The kids had a great time and admission is free.

Family centered restaurants are plentiful in Jackson, TN. These range from brand names to fast food and mom and pop types of places. As you can tell, we can't wait to go back again.
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