February 7, 2018

Jackson, Wyoming

Life in Jackson, Wyoming, explained by people who’ve lived in Jackson:

*Click here to share your experience living in Jackson*

*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in Jackson)

Jackson Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Jackson?

  • The scenery, proximity to skiing. (Vince, 3 months)
  • Nature, access to hiking, wildlife, great food, the people. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • The accessibility of outdoor activities. (Briana, 4 years)
  • Wealth. (Anonymous, 26 years)
  • Cold nights. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Jackson?

  • Too many people, high cost of living, commuters, elitism, although Jackson is different, Wyoming is too red of a state for me. Cops hiding around every corner trying to earn money for the city to pay their useless selves. (Vince, 3 months)
  • Don’t always have access to stores you need, mail system is slow, lack of certain conveniences you’d find in bigger cities. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • The price. (Briana, 4 years)
  • East coast people. (Greg, 15 years)
  • Democrats. (Anonymous, 26 years)
  • Tourists. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Jackson?

  • Ski, bike, rivers, fishing. (Vince, 3 months)
  • Hiking, biking, national parks, photography, art classes, raptor center, art museum, skiing. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • Eat/bars, ski. (Anonymous, 26 years)
  • Make fun of tourists and people who think they are locals. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson’s Reputation

What’s Jackson known for?

  • Mountains. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • Skiing, antlers and the Tetons. (Briana, 4 years))
  • Ignorant democrats. (Greg, 15 years)
  • Vacations. (Anonymous, 26 years)
  • Lack of housing. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson Crime

What’s the crime like in Jackson? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Very low. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • Non-existent for the most part, except of course all those mischievous pot smokers. (Vince, 3 months)
  • Low. (Briana, 4 years)
  • Wherever the illegal Eastern Europeans are, your things will be stolen. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson Advice

Any advice for people moving to Jackson?

  • Don’t bother, it’s beautiful but not worth the struggle. Come here on vacation. But living here is just not worth it unless you already have loads of money, rich parents, or don’t mind working all the time watching those folks I just mentioned, have all the fun you thought you were going to be having before you moved here. (Vince, 3 months)
  • Be prepared to lose some minor conveniences (you’ll Amazon a lot of stuff) but you gain so much. Volunteer to get to know people. Get outside. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • Find a place to live before the job. (Briana, 4 years)
  • Go elsewhere. (Greg, 15 years)
  • It’s fun for a couple years. (Anonymous, 26 years)
  • Don’t. It’s crowded and expensive and you will make it worse. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Jackson (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • This one time I lived in a closet for $500 a month. I also ate oatmeal every meal for six months, I worked 4 jobs to pay for that lifestyle. I thought it was fun at the time. (Vince, 3 months)
  • Jackson is such an active community. I work from home so I don’t get the opportunity to meet people at work like others might so I volunteer to get out there. I’ve met incredible people through the Teton Raptor Center and have weekly amazing experiences working there, like helping to rehabilitate birds of prey. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • Town square in the winter. (Anonymous, 26 years)
  • I came across a drunk guy passed out in the middle of the road in a puddle of his own blood. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson’s Future

How do you think Jackson will change over the next 10 years?

  • People will be leaving or moving to other valleys and commuting. The waste that is the commuter scene is disgraceful. Nothing is worth the BS you have to deal with as a middle class citizen here. There are so many better options than Jackson, it’s just been marketed. People will start to figure that out after they go broke here. (Vince, 3 years)
  • It will expand. Not sure how much but it will and probably get more expensive to live in. (Lauren, 10 months)
  • Even higher living expenses. (Briana, 4 years)
  • Get worse. (Greg, 15 years)
  • Get more crowded. (Bob, 28 years)

Jackson Facts

Any other interesting facts about Jackson?

  • It used to be cool. (Vince, 3 months)
  • The schools naturally segregate people who speak English from those who speak Spanish by 4th grade. (Bob, 28 years)