Jackson County, Illinois is a rural county located in the southern part of the state. The county has a population of approximately 16,000 people and covers an area of 635 square miles. The county seat is Murphysboro.
The economy of Jackson County is largely based on agriculture and manufacturing. The county is home to several large farms and agricultural businesses, as well as several manufacturing plants. The county also has a large tourism industry, as it is home to several state parks and recreational areas.
Demographically, Jackson County is predominantly white, with a population that is 97.6% white. The median household income in the county is $53,938, which is slightly below the national average of $57,652. The poverty rate in the county is 12.7%, which is slightly higher than the national average of 11.8%.
The education system in Jackson County is served by the Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186. The district has four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The district also offers alternative education programs. The district has a graduation rate of 88%, which is slightly higher than the national average of 84%.
The real estate market in Jackson County is relatively affordable. The median home value in the county is $109,800, which is lower than the national median of $231,200. The median rent in the county is $721, which is also lower than the national median of $949. The county has a relatively low cost of living, with the overall cost of living index being 91.7, which is lower than the national average of 100.