About Jackson County
Jackson County, a rural county located in the northeast corner of the state, was founded by Robert T. Scott in 1780. Scottsboro is the county seat. The county population is 50,862 with 92.2 percent white, 4.7 percent black and 2.1 percent other. At least 58 percent of the county’s population has earned at least a high school education. There are 39 educational outlets in the county, including 16 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, seven high schools, one technical school and one two-year college.
Poultry, cattle, corn and soybeans are major agricultural crops. Cotton, vegetables and hay also are grown. Major industries include Mead Paper Mill, Rug Mills, and livestock production. Tourist attractions include more than 1,000 caves, Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Russell Cave, Unclaimed Baggage and Goosepond Colony.
The Jackson County Extension Office has three full-time employees plus two farm analysis fieldmen. Agriculture and 4-H are two of the many Extension programs run in the county. More than 600 young people are involved in 4-H.