Discover Jackson, A Great Place to Live

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Jackson is a place many gladly call home, saying it is one of the best places anywhere to live.

It’s small enough to know the name of your mechanic and big enough to always have something to do on the weekend. It’s a community with a rich history, a unique musical sound that echoes from many live venues, more churches than you can count and dozens of family-friendly attractions.

Jackson has the best of two worlds: the amenities of a big city because it is West Tennessee’s hub, and the comforts and friendliness of a small town. In fact, Jackson was awarded the “Most Livable” city in America with a population under 100,000. About 67,000 people live in Jackson, and almost 100,000 live in Madison County.

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“On any given day, thousands of people drive to Jackson to work, shop, eat out or be treated at one of our medical facilities,” Mayor Jerry Gist said.

Jackson continues to offer new opportunities to its residents, including an amphitheater that hosts concerts and movies under the stars, a world-class cancer center, a bike-sharing program, a growing downtown, and soccer, tennis and baseball complexes. It’s a rare weekend that doesn’t have a 5k run, bike race or similar activity on the agenda.

Jackson’s colleges, technical schools and other educational institutions offer everything from doctorate degrees to technical certificates that prepare adults to graduate one day and walk into a job the next.

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Many find work in the manufacturing sector – Jackson is a hub for the automobile industry with 11 parts manufacturers. It is also home to many other industries, including Delta Faucet, Kellogg’s, Owens-Corning, Pinnacle Foods, Portfolio Recovery Associates and Gerdau.

Much of the city’s industrial growth can be attributed to its partnership with Jackson Energy Authority, a public utility company that provides all utilities from gas and electric to water and wastewater to cable TV and internet.

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Jackson is Tennessee’s first Gig City. Jackson Energy Authority built a unique fiber-to-the home network throughout the city, making Jackson one of the first cities in the country with a true fiber network to every home, business and industry.

The company has since boosted its offerings to 1-gigabit speeds – the equivalent of 1,000 megabits per second, which enables a new range of consumer and business applications.

Health care, however, is Jackson’s largest industry and employer. Our state-of-the-art medical services attract people from throughout West Tennessee and eliminate the need for patients to travel elsewhere for care.

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Perhaps best of all, Jackson – with all of its amenities – is affordable. Jackson has some of the lowest cost-of-living and housing prices in the country.

“My wife and I moved to Jackson in 1976,” Gist said. “Today we are so grateful Jackson found us. We can’t imagine living anywhere else.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Reed, opened Reed Marketing in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1991, after working for newspapers for nearly 20 years. Most of her newspaper work was at The Jackson Sun, a community... more

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