Luneau points out that 97% of Teton County, where Jackson is located, is public land. It’s also the largest city proximate to numerous popular ski areas as well as Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. There’s an extremely small supply of land and a large demand for it, especially from those luxury, high-end buyers that have millions of dollars to spend on properties that often go uninhabited for most of the year. It can make for a depressing churn and turnover of the folks who keep the town running and make it difficult to stay, even for those who want to.
“The high cost of living in the area, in addition to the seasonal work and lack of long-term careers, has resulted in a transient community flooding the town every winter and then shifting to a new crowd every summer. While a full-time community does exist in this area, like many mountain towns, Jackson was faced with the challenge of managing a consistently fluctuating population,” said Luneau.