Jackson MO – A High-Value, Low-Cost Environment

The City of Jackson has a proven history of growth and expansion within the city limits and throughout the county of Cape Girardeau. Its residents support long-term growth through approved tax and bond issues. The schools are thriving. And give us an hour to talk about how much we love our local sports. This is an exciting time of prosperity for Jackson, Missouri.


  • Construction and opening of the Jackson Civic Center
  • Significant improvements to Parks and Recreation infrastructure, including the regional soccer fields, Jackson R2 School District baseball and softball fields, pickle ball courts, pavilions, playgrounds and more.
  • Successful passage of an $11 million water bond issue in the final phase of improvements and expansion.
  • 2021 reduction in electric rates by 10 to 15 percent with investment into a new substation to spur population and development growth at North Old Orchard.
  • Guided by a comprehensive traffic study, completed roundabouts at Main and Hope streets, and Main and Shawnee, with new lighted intersection at Main and Oak Hill.
  • Successful passage of a $10 million wastewater bond issue for facilities upgrade and expansion, made possible from a 78 percent positive vote.
  • Diverging Diamond completion at Center Junction to improve the major entryway into the City of Jackson.

Competitive Incentives and Financing

Diverse offering of incentives and financing options to help companies build and expand in Jackson, MO.

Population & Technology

  • The community supported a public safety sales tax in 2018 that enabled the hiring of additional patrol officers, school resource officers and firefighters, and the purchase of needed technical equipment.
  • The City’s surplus funds provided for the full construction of a new Police Station and the rehabilitation of the former Fire Station.
  • The current City of Jackson population is near 16,000 with hundreds of new residential homes completed or under construction. The business community pulls from a 10-county radius of 300,000 people with 110,000 regional employment with an average annual earning of $61.7K.
  • The completion of fiber optics throughout the City of Jackson will support continued population growth and enhanced user experience.

Jackson, MO Workforce

Highly skilled and competent workforce with rural values and work ethic.


The Jackson R-2 School District has a storied history of excellence, and is an attractive feature for families looking to relocate to a progressive yet rural setting.

The District has a AAA classification. There are several elementary schools for grades K-4, one middle school for grades 5 and 6, one junior high school for grades 7 and 8 and the high school for grades 9-12. Enrollment is approximately 4,800.

The Jackson community also has parochial schools; St. Paul Lutheran School, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Saxony Lutheran High School and Notre Dame Regional High School.

Post-secondary education is close as well, with Southeast Missouri State University only eight miles away.

More information on these schools can be found below.

Jackson R-2

Saxony Lutheran


St. Paul

Notre Dame


  • In partnership with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Jackson hired a full-time retail director to lead development efforts, resulting in 70 new brick and mortar businesses over the last few years.
  • Retail sales have increased 39 percent in the last five years from $224 million to $312 million.
  • Uptown Jackson District has experienced major revitalization with many new businesses and expanded events, along with cultural activities. Signage and landscaping improvements continue.

The Business Landscape

The Jackson economy is strong. Our community is collaborative. We are diverse in our industry. And we are a regional player with full transportation logistics to anywhere. Jackson, Missouri is ready to support you and your business goals.

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