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Jackson is in Jackson County ( is the county seat), and in the Central Region. It lies south of Lansing between Battle Creek and Ann Arbor along Interstate 94, on the banks of the Portage River.

In 1829, Horace Blackman and his brother Russell cleared land and built a cabin. The town was first called Jacksonburgh, after Andrew Jackson, but it was changed to Jacksonopolis, then Jackson in 1833. The city is the birthplace of the Republican Party, which held its first convention here in 1854.

The 2000. January's average low temperature is 15 degrees and the high is 29. July's low is 61 degrees and high is 83. The average annual rainfall is 29 inches and the annual snowfall is 39 inches. The top three area employers are the Michigan Department of Corrections, W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital and Consumers Energy. Local attractions include the Jackson Harness Raceway, 21 golf courses and the Jackson County Fair.

Jackson is part of the Jackson, Michigan metro area.

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