Every year The President gives the State of the Union Address, governors give the State of the State, and every year since 2012, Teton County has held “22 in 21: Jackson Hole in the 21st Century”, an annual, in-depth look at the state of the greater Jackson Hole community. As an organization committed to community involvement, Luxury Properties Jackson Hole attended this year’s event to hear directly from local leaders about the challenges facing our town, our valley, and our region. This unique opportunity to hear from a host of local Directors, Administrators, Superintendents, and Mayors, facilities meaningful conversation among organizations and institutions as well as between leaders and the inquiring public, an accomplishment that should make proud anyone who takes to heart the state of affairs in our tight-knit community.
This year’s event included presentations from the Superintendents of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Town of Jackson Administrator, the Chairman of Teton County Board of Commissioners, and the Chairwomen of Teton County schools, among many others. This year’s topics included Jackson Hole visitation numbers, potential cuts to Wyoming’s education budget, the role of the sales and lodging tax in Teton County, and, of course, housing.
Here are just a few of the striking statistics about in this year’s report:
- Of 1,824 US counties with a population of over 20,000, Jackson Hole has the most jobs per capita, second only to New York City.
- Teton County’s high school graduation rate is 96%, the highest in the state.
- In 2015, government jobs accounted for 19% of all jobs in Wyoming. The national average is 13%.
- From 2000 to 2017 annual recreational visits to Yellowstone grew at an annual rate of 1.8%. Visits to Grand Teton grew by 1.2%
- In Teton County, 87.9% of total incomed earned is achieved by households earning more than $200,000, the highest in the US.
- In 1969 total personal income of Teton County residents was $27.5 million; per capita income was $5,822. In 2015, total personal income was $4.5 billion; per capita income was $194,861, 3.5 times the state average.
- Since 2000, in Teton County second home growth has outpaced primary home growth by a ratio of 14:1.
For an in-depth look at these and other statistics as well as input and analysis of the challenges facing our community, please see the 2017 edition of Jackson Hole Compass.