Jackson performs poorly in nationwide survey of cities


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — In the past week we’ve covered new developments that are set to make an economic impact in Jackson.

But results of a new survey paint a different picture of the city.

WalletHub.com just came out with its list of the best small cities in the country.

Jackson came in very low, ranking in the 16th percentile, with 99th being the best.

6 News set out to see if this is a good indicator of the health of the community.

Many people are proud to call Jackson home.

“I like Jackson. I like living here,” said resident Jan Stairs.

Others know there’s room for improvement.

Especially with a dismal showing in a survey of more than 2,5000 small American cities.

“I am not surprised by that,” said resident Jerry Michalowicz.

WalletHub looked at a number of factors, like affordability, economic health, quality of life, and public safety.

Jackson came in near the bottom of the list, in the 16th percentile.

While this is not a strong showing, these types of surveys don’t always tell the entire story of a community.

Experience Jackson says every community has its good and bad points.

“Our community is no different, but there are really positive things about our community as well. Sometimes it’s not captured as well with data,” said Jennifer Cronkhite, marketing director of Experience Jackson.

Experience Jackson is trying to improve the city by changing people’s negative perceptions of Jackson.

“Talk about the assets we do have. #jacksonmi is a hashtag that our community has started to really own and we want people to own that hashtag in a positive way,” Cronkhite said.

Jackson did score high in the category of quality of life, but performed the worst when it comes to economic health.

6 News talked to residents about what they think the city can do to improve.

“The housing is low in Jackson. I think they should reconsider instead of doing the wrecking ball. They should look at the housing and see if they can help people,” said resident Roger Stairs.

“I think we need more than bars downtown. I think we need some culture downtown. We’re lacking a lot of that,” said Michalowicz.

The city of Jackson sent a statement, saying the methods of the survey are questionable, had as much thought as a Facebook meme, and it wouldn’t be changing city policy anytime soon.

Click on this link to see the full article and list: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-small-cities-to-live-in/16581/

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