Lifestyle of Jackson Hole
Small town living in Jackson Hole
Those who decide to relocate to Jackson Hole from the hustle and bustle of the big city find the change very fulfilling. The town of Jackson and surrounding areas provide a unique environment for a different kind of a lifestyle. The concern most people have with families are based on jobs, a place to live, a place to worship, shopping and entertainment.
Jobs in our small town are for the most part seasonal and meet the needs of the young people that want to experience Jackson Hole for a season or two and then move on. However, there is a growing rate of new business start-ups providing higher paying jobs for those in need of making more money to support and enjoy the freedom of living in a small town like ours.
There is a growing need for more upper-level marketing and management positions as the town grows and these jobs can be quite rewarding. These jobs do not depend upon the seasonal economy but are more focused on the overall economy of Jackson Hole.
Many business executives and owners of large companies can now re-locate to Jackson Hole and do their business through the information hi-ways of our high- speed technology world. As the access to high- speed communication grows in our small town, we will see more people move here that have mastered the financial world through trading via the web. This factor is quickly changing the dynamics of our small town, allowing people to live here and get the checks in the mail from the outside world.
Real Estate, rentals and finding a place to live is the next challenge of the person who decides to live in the small town of Jackson Hole. We recommend that those without financial stability seek rentals through the web, newspapers and local property management companies handling long-term rentals. After spending a year or so in a rental, it is easy to understand the different real estate regions and what it will take financially to afford to purchase a property in Jackson Hole or surrounding areas. For homes and condominiums under $200,000 we recommend looking at the Victor, Alpine, Driggs areas on our Jackson Hole MLS search. The commute is not too far and it is a beautiful drive if one has to travel to work in Jackson Hole. Families with children need to visit the schools and understand the proximity of transporting children and the different bus routes that exist. Proximity to town and the ski area are other considerations in choosing the right home.
Finding a place to Worship is another consideration for many families. There is a variety of Protestant-based churches, a Mormon Ward and other houses of Worship for various faiths. Most churches have good nursery facilities and nice building complexes to conduct services for Weddings and other spiritual events. There are several youth groups based in the community that provide wonderful education and counseling for the youths.
Shopping and entertainment are a real concern for those coming from the city to our small community. While we do have a few chain grocery stores and a K-Mart, shopping is for the most part done in Idaho Falls, which is an hour and fifteen minutes from Jackson Hole. There are malls, super Walmarts, and many other stores to choose from in this fast-growing city. Locals will also go to Idaho in the shoulder seasons to enjoy early golf, fishing, and other outdoor sports, as the season is still too cold in Jackson Hole. Locals soon learn to vacation to warm weather destinations during the winter and shoulder months as well. In the summertime, the weather is perfect for the most part and locals stay close to home to enjoy the beautiful summers in Jackson Hole and the two National Parks we adjoin.
Small town living in Jackson Hole requires some adjustments but as travel, high-speed technology and quality of lifestyles change, people, adapt and enjoy living here quickly.