Jackson County provides many cultural amenities that are typically found in larger urban areas and offers a high quality of life for residents of all ages.
Highly rated schools and a major research university with nationally recognized programs provide outstanding educational opportunities. Quality healthcare is demonstrated by Memorial Hospital of Carbondale’s national ranking of being a Top 100 hospital for cardiovascular care and being in the top 10% of hospitals receiving the Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
Jackson County is a friendly and supportive arts community. Through a community arts organization, a community theater, museums and galleries, and the Theater Department and school of Art and Design at SIUC, residents enjoy all aspects of the arts.
The outdoors contributes to setting Jackson County apart from other areas. Bordered by the Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Mississippi River, outdoor opportunities abound for hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
In Jackson County, residents play quality golf courses within a few minutes from their homes. College sports fans follow the NCAA Division I SIU Salukis.