Jackson : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Jackson


People looking for a retirement community in Jackson will find that it is a small town (4,000 people) in the historic gold mining country of California. Jackson is nestled at the 1200 foot level in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Amador County, east of Sacramento. Teaming with the rich history of days gone by, the town has tried to blend the old and the new. It offers the serenity and friendliness of small town charm that is also close to nature. Jackson Main Street - antique shops, small boutiques and bars. Home to many historic buildings. The City of Jackson is the center of trade and industry in Amador County. Memorial Clock courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain) and pictures of Main Street and Historic Firehouse in the public domain courtesy of Wikipedia and Shift6.


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 $366,438 in early 2021, 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.

Who Will Like Retirement in Jackson

People who want to experience California's interior and more peaceful regions might like Jackson.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Healthcare, construction, and some tourism power the local economy.

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.


Valuable Links

California guide to retirement communities
City of Jackson website


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