Healthcare, manufacturing and service are the major local industries with employers like Saint Francis Medical Center, SoutheastHEALTH, Procter & Gamble, Mondi Jackson and AT&T Missouri. Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive university featuring more than 150 academic programs across five colleges. Numerous public and private school districts serve the area including Jackson R-II School District and Cape Girardeau Public Schools.
Seasonal changes occur throughout the year. Winters are cold and summers are warm with 48 inches of rain and eight inches of snow the annual precipitation averages. Sunshine is ample on around 220 days out of the year. The geography varies greatly with flood plains, hills and forests.
Jackson, MO has access to abundant water, major metropolitan areas and unequaled recreational destinations. Vineyard/wineries, golf courses, casinos, amusement parks, museums and art galleries are just some of the entertainment options. Trail of Tears State Park features 3,415 acres of breathtaking scenery, wildlife, numerous trails and a lake. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center showcases the diverse natural resources of southeast Missouri. Additional opportunities include Tunes at Twilight Concert Series, Parade of Lights, Tour de Cape Bicycle Ride and Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming.
A county seat and post office was established in the area in 1814. In 1819, the city was named Jackson in honor of General Andrew Jackson. The same year, the third newspaper in the state (The Missouri Herald) was established. The first long-distance railway service began in 1877. Jackson was incorporated as a city in 1884.