Welcome to the City of Jackson, county seat of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Incorporated in 1814, it was the first community in the nation to bear the name of President Andrew Jackson. Throughout its history, the residents of Jackson have maintained a strong sense of community pride and family values. Jackson is constantly expanding in size and population but has also remained home to many descendants of the original settlers of the area, wonderful proof that Jackson is an ideal community in which to raise a family and to establish permanent roots. Not only do young families establish homes in Jackson to take advantage of the excellent public and parochial school systems, but many seniors also retire to Jackson to spend their golden years.
Located in Southeast Missouri on Interstate 55 between St. Louis and Memphis, Jackson shares a municipal boundary with the City of Cape Girardeau located on the Mississippi River. This convenient access to interstate and river transportation enables the area to provide a sound industrial and commercial base with a multitude of employment opportunities.
Within minutes of any location in Jackson, you'll find large retail shopping areas, two large regional hospitals, a regional airport, a variety of entertainment opportunities, a large assortment of casual and fine dining, and all levels of academic opportunities, including Southeast Missouri State University.
Jackson's motto, "City of Beautiful Homes, Parks, Schools, and Churches" reflects the hometown pride of our community. Whether your dream home includes turn-of-the century craftsmanship, the charming coziness of a 1920's bungalow, or the convenience of multi-unit senior living, and whether your ideal neighborhood consists of front-porch charm, ranch-style homes on shady streets, or contemporary, spacious golf-course living, you'll find it in Jackson.
Historic uptown Jackson has remained a thriving commercial hub throughout Jackson's history, featuring a variety of specialty stores, businesses, restaurants, churches, and local government offices, all anchored by a stately courthouse square.
For outdoor activities, the rolling hills in and around Jackson provide plenty of opportunities. Jackson maintains 258 acres of beautiful city parks featuring a variety of organized youth sports programs, an expanding recreational trail system, and ample facilities for individual events and activities. Within minutes of our city limits, you'll also find Trail of Tears State Park and Bollinger Mill State Park.
We invite you to browse the integrated Jackson websites and see all that we have to offer. We are proud of Jackson, and invite you to join us for a day, a week, or a lifetime.
Median Family Income
The entire census data set is available on the government census website.
Form of Government
Mayor and Board of Aldermen / City Administrator
Did You Know?
- Jackson was selected by CNN's Money Magazine in 2011 as the 59th best small town in the United States in which to live
- Jackson is the fastest growing community in Southeast Missouri
- Jackson was chosen by Missouri Life magazine as one of the top 10 towns in Missouri
Electric, water, and sewer utilities are provided by the City of Jackson.
- Fire Department: ISO Rating of 3
- Police Department: Nationally accredited through Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
Economic Development Incentives
- Work Force Development Training: Possibility of grants to train personnel
- Quality Jobs Program: Grant for public infrastructure for the construction site, $10,000 per new job
- Enhanced Enterprise Zone: Qualified businesses in EEZ area will receive 50% abatement on real estate/personal property tax for ten years
- Enhance Enterprise Zone Map (PDF)
- TIF District 2 Map (PDF)
Jackson R-2 Public Schools
- Preschool through 12th grade, elementary, middle, junior high, and senior high
Saint Paul Lutheran School
- Preschool to 8th grade
Immaculate Conception School
- Preschool to 8th grade