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Jackson is a city in Cape Girardeau Countymarker, Missourimarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 11,947 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cape Girardeau Countymarker . Jackson is named for U.S. President Andrew Jackson. It is a principal city of the Cape Girardeaumarker–Jackson, MO-ILmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Jackson is located at (37.379941, -89.658118) . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²) of it is land and 0.10% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 11,947 people, 4,708 households, and 3,385 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,180.2 people per square mile (455.8/km²). There were 4,962 housing units at an average density of 490.2/sq mi (189.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.57% White, 1.36% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 4,708 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.1% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,412, and the median income for a family was $46,854. Males had a median income of $35,212 versus $19,994 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,799. About 5.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

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