Introduction to Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson is situated in the beautiful, high elevation Jackson Hole Valley in Teton County. The Snake River flows through the valley. The city serves as a primary gateway for tourists visiting the popular destinations, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge and Yellowstone National Park.

The town is well known for skiing. The nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of the largest resorts in the nation. The town is a popular destination for celebrities. Tourism is a major factor for the economy.


Indian tribes including the Shoshoni, Blackfeet, Crow, Gros Ventre and the Bannock utilized the Jackson Hole Valley for hunting during the summer. During the early 1800s, John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition entered the valley during his return from the "Far West." Soon, fur trappers were arriving and the trapper David Jackson gave the valley his name. The popularity of the silk hat in 1845 caused a significant decline in the fur trade.

In 1872 Yellowstone became the first national park in the world. Soon, hunters searching for big game arrived in the region and the Jackson Hole area became well known. During the 1890s towns were established. The cattle industry was the primary factor for the economy. By 1937 a ski tow was constructed at Teton Pass and skiing became part of the valley.


  • The annual Jackson Hole Writers Contest
  • The Town Square features arches made from a vast number of elk antlers and includes numerous shops and art galleries
  • Jackson Hole Museum
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art is a prominent venue
  • Old West Days
  • Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum includes exhibits of Native Americans, archeology and geology
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not! Concept Attractions


Jackson is a popular skiing destination. The Snow King Resort is located in town and provides opportunities for alpine, telemark and Nordic skiing. Night-lit skiing is also available. The prominent Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the Grand Targhee Resort are close by. Residents and visitors enjoy the numerous locations for ice skating and viewing the vast amount of elk while taking a sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge. There are numerous trails for snowmobiling.

During the summer, hiking, climbing, canoeing, fly fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting and camping are popular activities. Leisurely trips as well as white water rafting adventures take place on the Snake River. Bicycle tours are available in the beautiful Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks and the Bridger Teton and Targhee National Forests. Visitors can take a covered wagon excursion and enjoy the scenic views.

Entertainment and Nightlife

The town is known for its active nightlife. The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill is situated in the historic Wort Hotel and offers visitors an Old West saloon experience. The Snake River Brew Pub is known for its lively atmosphere. The Off Square Theatre Company is a noteworthy venue. The Historical Jackson Hole Playhouse offers Old West productions as well as Broadway musicals.

The Targhee Bluegrass Festival and the Micro-Brew Festival are popular events. The Shoot Out Gang performs nightly in downtown. The Grand Teton Music Festival offers classical music. The Jackson Hole Film Festival and the Fall Arts Festival are notable events. The city features numerous upscale boutiques, art galleries, day spas and restaurants.


Total Population 10,152
Male Share of the Population 53.6%
Female Share of the Population 46.4%
Senior Citizens 5.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,624
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 37.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $75,444
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.2%
% Using Public Transportation 14.2%


People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,085
Median House Value $558,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.1%
Irish 9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jackson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles E of Idaho Falls, Idaho (center to center)
Nearest Large City 395 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Teton
Standard Zip Codes 83001
P.O. Box Zip Codes 83002, 83025
Phone Area Codes 307
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.48
Longitude -110.761

Jackson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 28 F
Apr Temp 24 to 53 F
Jul Temp 41 to 82 F
Oct Temp 23 to 59 F
Annual Precip 16.7 inches
Station MOOSE
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 25 F
Apr Temp 22 to 49 F
Jul Temp 42 to 79 F
Oct Temp 25 to 55 F
Annual Precip 21.5 inches
Station DRIGGS
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 29 F
Apr Temp 27 to 51 F
Jul Temp 46 to 79 F
Oct Temp 28 to 57 F
Annual Precip 15.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Jackson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hoback Junction (83001)

Jackson Hole (83001, 83002)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Jackson Public Libraries

Teton County Library
Jackson, Wyoming
(307) 733-2164

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Jackson Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(307) 733-3636
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

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