The Best Places to Live & Explore…
For Every Lifestyle

Living a Mountain Lifestyle in Jackson, California

Jackson is nestled at the 1200 foot level in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Amador County, east of Sacramento. It is a small town (4,000 people) in the historic gold mining country of California. Teeming with the rich history of days gone by,  Jackson has successfully blended the old and the new. It offers the serenity and friendliness of small town charm that is also close to nature. The City of Jackson is the center of trade and industry in Amador County.

Where to Retire in Jackson and Home Prices

The area is experiencing rapid growth, much of it from retirees who want to remain in California but don't want to pay the high prices associated with coastal California. There are active adult communities in Jackson (see link at left for Jackson active adult communities.
Median home value was $460,021 inmid-2022, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Jackson

Lower prices than most of the rest of California. Amador County, with its gold mining history, is a very interesting place. Jackson has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Amador County Hospital and the Grace Blair DePue House and Indian Museum.

What Is Not Special about Jackson

Not near the big cities on the coast so it can feel remote.

Climate and Physical Environment

Jackson is located in north central California. The average July high temperature is 97 and the average January low is 34. The wettest month is January (6")

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Jackson has several historic places to visit in conjunction with its mining history, including the Grace Blair DePue House and Indian Museum. Jackson Rancheria is a casino and hotel run by the Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California.


Crime is just over the national average here in Jackson.

Medical Facilities

Sutter Amador Hospital serves Jackson.


Amador County Airport; Stockton Metropolitan Airport is 50 miles away.

Your Stories about Jackson, California

Add Your Story

Discuss this review of Jackson in the Forum

If you have suggestions on how could improve these reviews, contact us.

Suggest a community that you think is a great place for this lifestyle.

Tell us Your Story about this lifestyle or city. Add a Video about it.

Find Your Dream Lifestyle


Rate This Town