Pickens County Courthouse, Jasper, Georgia
Location in Pickens County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||John William Weaver|
|• Total||3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)|
|• Land||3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,463 ft (446 m)|
|• Density||656.7/sq mi (254.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0316056|
Jasper was founded in 1853 as seat of the newly formed Pickens County. It was incorporated in 1857 as a town and in 1957 as a city. The community is named for William Jasper, a hero of the American Revolutionary War.
Jasper is located at (34.469127, -84.434039).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.
Points of interest
Nicknamed "The First Mountain City," Jasper is located 50 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. Several local attractions draw the interest of sightseers annually. The Tate House which was built by local marble baron Sam Tate in the 1920s, and sits adjacent to the current Tate Elementary. The Tate House and Tate Elementary are actually located in unincorporated Tate, GA which is located just south of Jasper, GA. Standing on an old Cherokee place of worship, the historic Woodbridge Inn  is famous for its menu options and its lodging. Jasper is located near several large acreage mountain neighborhoods such as Big Canoe , Bent Tree, and the Preserve at Sharp Mountain .
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,167 people, 942 households, and 575 families residing in the city. The population density was 657.0 people per square mile (253.5/km²). There were 1,030 housing units at an average density of 312.3 per square mile (120.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.74% White, 4.38% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.12% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.23% of the population.
There were 942 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 80.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,944, and the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $30,774 versus $25,489 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,184. About 9.2% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.
Notable residents include judge James Larry Edmondson.
Pickens County School District
The Pickens County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of four elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 248 full-time teachers and over 4,060 students.
- Harmony Elementary School
- Hill City Elementary School
- Jasper Elementary School
- Tate Elementary School
- Jasper Middle School
- Pickens County Middle School
- Pickens High School (Georgia)
54% of the graduating class went to a four-year institution.
The Georgia Marble Festival is held on the first weekend in October every year. It is sponsored by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce. The festivities start with the Marble Festival Road Race. The festival is held at Lee Newton park. There are several booths with vendors from across the North Georgia area. They sell handmade crafts among other things. One of the highlights is the art show. Several of the exhibits are carved marble, but there are also many paintings, photographs, and pottery. The weekends following the festival is when the Apple Festival in Ellijay, Georgia in Gilmer County is held. It has many of the same type of events.
- Weldon Henley (1880-1960), former MLB pitcher
- Mathew Pitsch, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Fort Smith since 2015; former resident of Jasper
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