Jefferson County, Tennessee
|Jefferson County, Tennessee|
Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge
Location in the state of Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
|Founded||June 11, 1792|
|Named for||Thomas Jefferson|
|Largest city||Jefferson City|
314 sq mi (814 km²)
274 sq mi (709 km²)
41 sq mi (105 km²), 12.89%
189/sq mi (62/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Together with Grainger and Hamblen counties, it is part of the Morristown, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area which is, as of December 2005, considered a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN Combined Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 51,407. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 48,394 . Its county seat is Dandridge. The county's current mayor is Alan Palmieri. Jefferson County has 21 Commissioners, two from each of the ten districts with White Pine electing three. Jefferson County was established as a Tennessee county on June 11, 1792.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 314 square miles (813.3 km2), of which 274 square miles (709.7 km2) is land and 41 square miles (106.2 km2) (12.89%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Hamblen County (northeast)
- Cocke County (southeast)
- Sevier County (south)
- Knox County (west)
- Grainger County (north)
As of the census of 2000, there were 44,294 people, 17,155 households, and 12,608 families residing in the county. The population density was 162 people per square mile (62/km²). There were 19,319 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.66% White, 2.32% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,155 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.50% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males. However, the last statistic is somewhat misleading because of female longevity, and if adults 18-65 were considered, the numbers would be very close to equal.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,824, and the median income for a family was $38,537. Males had a median income of $29,123 versus $20,269 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,841. About 9.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.90% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
- Chestnut Hill (unincorporated)
- Jefferson City
- New Market
- Piedmont (unincorporated)
- Strawberry Plains (unincorporated)
- Talbott (unincorporated)
- White Pine
K-12 public education in the county is conducted by Jefferson County Public Schools.
See also 
- Jefferson County government
- Jefferson County schools
- Building a Better Future
- Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce
- Jefferson County, TNGenWeb - free genealogy resources for the county
- Jefferson County at the Open Directory Project
- Jefferson County Extension
||Grainger County||Hamblen County|
|Knox County||Cocke County|