Jasper, Indiana

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Jasper, Indiana
City
Dubois County courthouse in Jasper, Indiana
Dubois County courthouse in Jasper, Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 38°23′43″N 86°55′58″W / 38.39528°N 86.93278°W / 38.39528; -86.93278Coordinates: 38°23′43″N 86°55′58″W / 38.39528°N 86.93278°W / 38.39528; -86.93278
Country United States
State Indiana
County Dubois
Government
 • Mayor Terry R. Seitz (R)
Area[1]
 • Total 13.20 sq mi (34.19 km2)
 • Land 13.11 sq mi (33.95 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 15,038
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 15,157
 • Density 1,147.1/sq mi (442.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 47546, 47547, 47549
Area code 812 & 930
FIPS code 18-37782[4]
GNIS feature ID 0436944[5]
Website http://www.jasperindiana.gov

Jasper is a city in Dubois County, Indiana, United States. The population was 15,038 at the 2010 census. The city has been the county seat of Dubois County[6] since 1830, succeeding Portersville. In 1970, the school system of Ireland, a hamlet west of Jasper along State Route 56, was consolidated into that of Jasper.[7] On November 4, 2007, Dubois County returned to the Eastern Time Zone, after having moved to the Central Time Zone the previous year. The land uses are mainly agriculture.

Jasper is a regional center in southwestern Indiana, noted for its heavily German Catholic ancestral roots.[8] Jasper has often been called the "Wood Capital of the World", boasting a large number of furniture companies, including Kimball International and Masterbrand Cabinets. Jasper is also home to the Southern Indiana Education Service Center (SIEC), Jasper Engines & Transmissions (largest remanufacturer in the market), and to a satellite campus of Vincennes University.

The Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, which honors players and others associated with the national pastime who were born or lived in Indiana, is located in Jasper.

In 2005, Jasper was ranked in the ten best places to live in the U.S. by Relocate America.[9] Jasper was previously ranked in the top 25 in Norman Crampton's 1992 book 100 Best Small Towns in America. Jasper also boasts the only municipally supported Arts Council in the state of Indiana; it is part of city government and is supported by the city for its citizens in the same vein as its park board or its street department. The city of Jasper and the Jasper Community Arts Commission have won the Governor's Arts Award twice, once in 1987 and again in 2007, and it is the only group to have garnered this award twice.[10]

Strassenfest[edit]

The Jasper Strassenfest is a four-day event held annually during the first weekend in August. The "Fest" is a celebration between Jasper and its German sister-city Pfaffenweiler, a small village in southwest Germany. Many citizens of Pfaffenweiler travel to Jasper around this time of year. The street festival encompasses the entire city square, complete with numerous food stands, rides, and a very large Biergarten. On average, over 1,300 pounds of bratwurst are consumed during the four-day event.[citation needed] The Strassenfest culminates in a Sunday parade and evening fireworks. The festival also incorporates a golf tournament, beauty pageant (Miss Strassenfest), fishing tournament, and a network of German "Polka Masses" at the three Roman Catholic parishes: St. Joseph's, Holy Family, and Precious Blood.

Geography[edit]

Jasper is located at 38°23′43″N 86°55′58″W / 38.39528°N 86.93278°W / 38.39528; -86.93278 (38.395306, -86.932706),[11] and is:

1 hour northeast of Evansville, Indiana.

2.5 hours southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana.

1.5 hours west of Louisville, Kentucky.

3.5 hours east of St. Louis, Missouri.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.20 square miles (34.19 km2), of which 13.11 square miles (33.95 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,863
1910 2,196 17.9%
1920 2,539 15.6%
1930 3,905 53.8%
1940 5,041 29.1%
1950 5,215 3.5%
1960 6,737 29.2%
1970 8,641 28.3%
1980 9,097 5.3%
1990 10,030 10.3%
2000 12,100 20.6%
2010 15,038 24.3%
Source: US Census Bureau
Location of the Jasper Micropolitan Statistical Area in Indiana

Jasper is the principal city of the Jasper Micropolitan Statistical Area, a micropolitan area that covers Dubois and Pike counties[12] and had a combined population of 52,511 at the 2000 census.[4]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 15,038 people, 5,994 households, and 3,916 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,147.1 inhabitants per square mile (442.9 /km2). There were 6,419 housing units at an average density of 489.6 per square mile (189.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 4.0% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.7% of the population.

There were 5,994 households of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. Of all households, 29.6% were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 39.3 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 12,100 people, 4,875 households, and 3,188 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,311.8 people per square mile (506.7/km²). There were 5,107 housing units at an average density of 553.7 per square mile (213.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.00% White, 0.25% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.37% of the population.

There were 4,875 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. Of all households, 29.2% were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,051, and the median income for a family was $52,634. Males had a median income of $36,415 versus $22,484 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,547. About 3.3% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Sister cities[edit]

Jasper participates in the sister cities program, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI).[13] Its sister city is Pfaffenweiler, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Newspapers[edit]

Jasper has had several newspapers during its history. The American Eagle was the town's first newspaper, and operated 1846–1848. The Jasper Weekly Courier, a Democratic newspaper, was one of the longest running newspapers in the town's history, serving Dubois County residents 1858–1922.[14] The Dubois County Herald has been published from 1895 to the present.

Other newspapers published in Jasper included the Democrat (1857), the Times (1865), and another Times (1879–1891).[15]

Notable people[edit]

Schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Places: Indiana". 2010 Census Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.irelandindiana.com/
  8. ^ Wilson, George R. (1910). History of Dubois County from Its Primitive Days to 1910. Windmill Publications. p. 356. 
  9. ^ "Relocate-America Announces 2005 'America's Top 100 Places to Live' List". Free Republic. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.in.gov/arts/2520.htm
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ MICROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS AND COMPONENTS, Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-07-27.
  13. ^ "Sister Cities International". Retrieved 2006-11-20. 
  14. ^ "A history of the Jasper Weekly Courier from Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization blog". 
  15. ^ Miller, John W. (1982). Indiana Newspaper Bibliography. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 

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