Nestled between the 1200 to 1600 foot level in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Amador County, the Heart of the Mother Lode, you'll find   Jackson, California. Teaming with the rich history of days gone by, Jackson has successfully blended the old and the new.

Visit sites of some of the richest gold producing mines in California, experience the serenity and friendliness of small town charm while enjoying the wide open spaces.

Our "Walking Tour" guide will explain all of the historical sites within the core of Main Street Jackson (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).  Our Pioneer Cemetery brochure will assist you with your visit.

City of Jackson

Incorporated as a city in 1905, the City of Jackson is a General Law city that provides a variety of excellent municipal services to its   residents.  The Jackson City Hall is located in the Jackson Civic Center at 33 Broadway, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Jackson is a full service General Law city, with a residential population of 4,320 and daytime and weekend populations of 12-15,000. Jackson operates under the City Council/Manager form of government. The City Manager reports to a five member City Council from which   the Mayor is appointed annually. This is a system of government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong   managerial experience of an appointed local government manager to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served.  The City Council and staff embrace an "open door" policy and encourage citizen participation on all issues of city government.  Please e-mail us from the Staff Roster page with any comments or suggestions you may have for improving the   services provided to you!

A full time staff of 33 provides quality service and customer friendly police, fire, public works, community development, parks,   water/sewer utility and recreation services. Planning, engineering, and legal support are provided by independent contractors.

The Police Department is also located within the Jackson Civic Center complex and is open for walk-in service from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00   p.m., Monday through Friday.
City Council meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend and share their views.  The City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Civic Center.  City Council agendas are available by e-mail subscription (free!).  Just e-mail us with a request to be added to the list.


Generally Jackson enjoys relatively mild conditions. During the winter months, temperatures can dip below the freezing mark but not for prolonged periods of time. Occasional snow will fall but normally not enough to impede normal living routines.  Fog makes brief visits to Jackson but normally sits just below our 1200 foot elevation. Rain and wind visit more regularly during the winter season but does not present any major obstacles.  Summer temperatures generally range between 80 and 102 degrees. The occasional summer thunder storm presents variety to the long summer days.


The City of Jackson is located in the heart of California’s historic Mother Lode, 45 miles east of Sacramento and Stockton. (map) Jackson began as a gold mining camp in 1848 and today is the hub of commerce and the seat of government in Amador County. Jackson blends the ambiance of a gold rush-era downtown district and Victorian era neighborhoods with modern subdivisions and shopping centers. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, church spires and oak tree covered hillsides lend to the community’s rural charm. At the same time, the City also boasts a state-of-the-art hospital, a wide variety of ancillary medical services, and several excellent long-term care
facilities that cater to the needs of a segment of a thriving  senior community. Numerous local restaurants offer fine ethnic dining, and the Shenandoah Valley is just a short drive from Jackson for lovers of premium wines. Jackson enjoys a diversified economy supported by agribusiness, government, and tourism. Commercial activities include two major grocery chain stores, and a variety of personal service providers. Jackson is also home to the only movie theater complex in Amador County, and hosts a number of well attended seasonal events and festivities that are famous throughout the Mother Lode, the  Sacramento Valley, and Northern California.

This web site

The City’s web site is intended to bring information about your local government to your fingertips. City Council agendas, the city budget and other informative public documents are now available through this site.  Larger views of most of the photographs throughout this site can be viewed by clicking on the smaller version.  There are also several e-mail links to allow you to provide feedback on any service provided by the City of Jackson. We welcome (and encourage) your comments and suggestions.