Frequently Asked Questions

What is the incidence of confirmed cases of child abuse in Jackson County?

In 2019, there were over 2,500 investigations of child abuse in Jackson County about half of the victims were under 4 years of age. In 2019, Jackson ranks 65th out of 82 counties for child well being. 

32,738 Children in Michigan were confirmed as abused or neglected in 2019. Michigan Ranks 32nd in overall child well being in the country. 64% of Michigan adults reported at least one adverse childhood experience (ACEs).

What is the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse nationwide?
At least 1 in 10 children will be victims of sexual abuse by the time they reach their 18th birthday.  1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys will be sexually assaulted as children, less than 40% will tell anyone.  Nearly 70% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 17 years old. 90% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows and trusts. 


How does the County of Jackson rate in teen pregnancy?

In 2017, Jackson County had the 24th highest teen pregnancy rate of 83 counties in the state of Michigan. The Jackson County teen pregnancy rate was 32.8 per 1,000 women ages 15-19, while the Michigan rate was 27.3. There was an estimated number of 159 pregnancies in 2017 in Jackson County.

Jackson County ranked 25th highest for births to teens to ages 15-19 with a rate of 23.1 per 1,000 girls compared to a Michigan rate of 16.4 for 2017. There were 112 live births to teens in 2017 in Jackson County.

Jackson County ranked 15th highest out of reportable counties in Michigan for teen abortion rates, with a rate of 4.5 per 1,000 females ages 15-19, for a total of 22 abortions in 2017.

Approximately 19% of teen births in Jackson County is to mothers who already have one or more children.

Sixty-five percent of teen births in Michigan are paid for by taxpayers.  In Michigan, the average annual cost associated with a child born to a mother age 17 and under is $4,951.


What is the County of Jackson's rate in infant mortality?
The infant mortality rate in 2017 was 7.9 per 1000, compared to the State rate of 6.8 per 1000.

How much of a problem is poverty in Jackson County?

Parental anxiety and depression about financial issues can negatively affect their children, and the burden of poverty can increase abusive and neglectful behaviors. In 2017 in Michigan, 25% of children under 6 live in poverty; in Jackson County, it is 48.4%. The poverty rate in Michigan is 15.6%. One out of every 6.4 residents of Michigan lives in poverty.  In Jackson County, 32.8% of the population lives in poverty that is one out of every 3 residents!