Jasper, Indiana

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Not to be confused with Jasper County, Indiana.
Jasper, Indiana
Dubois County courthouse located on the square in Jasper, Indiana
Nickname(s): "The Nation's Wood Capital"
Jasper's location in Dubois County (left)  and the state of Indiana (right).
Jasper's location in Dubois County (left)
and the state of Indiana (right).
Coordinates: 38°23′29″N 86°55′51″W / 38.39139°N 86.93083°W / 38.39139; -86.93083Coordinates: 38°23′29″N 86°55′51″W / 38.39139°N 86.93083°W / 38.39139; -86.93083
Country United States United States
State Indiana Indiana
County Dubois
Founded 1830
 • Mayor Terry R. Seitz (R) (Jan. 2012 - present)
 • 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 (2014[3]) 15,325
 • Density 1,147.1/sq mi (442.9/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
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 located along the Patoka River. The population was 15,038 at the 2010 census making it the 55th largest city in Indiana. Jasper has been the county seat of Dubois County[6] since 1830, succeeding Portersville.[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 Center (SIEC), Jasper Engines & Transmissions (largest re-manufacturer 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.

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.[9]

Town Recognition[edit]

  • Jasper was previously ranked in the top 25 in Norman Crampton's 1992 book 100 Best Small Towns in America.
  • In 2005, Jasper was ranked in the ten best places to live in the U.S. by Relocate America.[10]
  • In 2014, movoto.com ranked Jasper fifth on their "10 Best Cities to Live in Indiana" list.[11]
  • A 2014 report by safewise.com placed Jasper 8th on the "50 Safest Cities in Indiana" rankings.[12]
  • According to a study done by NerdWallet.com, Jasper is 9th on the "Best Places to Start a Business in Indiana" list.[13]


The largest industry sectors by employment in Jasper are manufacturing, retail, and health care & social services.

Top Employers[edit]

According to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce

# Employer # of Employees
1 Kimball International 3,400
2 MasterBrand Cabinets 2,440
3 Jasper Engines & Transmissions 1,500
4 Memorial Hospital 1,400
5 Jasper Rubber Products 800
6 JasperGroup 800


Jasper is located at 38°23′29″N 86°55′51″W / 38.39139°N 86.93083°W / 38.39139; -86.93083 (38.391439, -86.930772),[14] and is roughly:

According to the 2010 census, Jasper has a total area of 13.191 square miles (34.16 km2), of which 13.1 square miles (33.93 km2) (or 99.31%) is land and 0.091 square miles (0.24 km2) (or 0.69%) is water.[1] City limits extend from Bainbridge Township into Madison and Boone Townships.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 547
1880 1,040 90.1%
1890 1,281 23.2%
1900 1,863 45.4%
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%
Est. 2014 15,325 [15] 1.9%
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[16] and had a combined population of 54,734 at the 2010 census.[4]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, the population of Jasper was 15,038 and there were 5,994 households. The gender makeup of the city is 49.2% male and 50.8% female.


The racial makeup of the city was:


Of the total Jasper population:

  • 14.0% were 1-9
  • 12.9% were 10-19
  • 12.1% were 20-29
  • 11.9% were 30-39
  • 14.4% were 40-49
  • 13.6% were 50-59
  • 9.1% were 60-69
  • 6.1% were 70-79
  • 5.4% were 80 or older
  • Median age was 39.3 years. For males it was 36.9 years and for females, 41.6 years.


  • Overall median household income in Jasper is $53,968
  • Median income for a family is $65,903
  • Males had a median income of $37,432
  • Females had a median income of $32,218
  • The per capita income for the city is $28,540
  • About 5.7% of families and 7.6% of the population are below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 and over.

Sister City[edit]

Jasper participates in the sister cities program, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI).[17]

Arts and culture[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), box parade, fishing tournament, and a network of German "Polka Masses" at the three Roman Catholic parishes: St. Joseph's, Holy Family, and Precious Blood.



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 1858–1921.[18]
  • The Dubois County Herald has been published from 1895 to the present and circulates over 11,300 copies per day to residents of Dubois, Spencer, and Pike counties. The Herald is one of only 300 independently owned newspapers in the United States.[19]

Other newspapers published in Jasper included the Democrat (1857), the Times (1865), and another Times (1879–1891).[20]


The following stations are licensed in the city of Jasper


Notable People[edit]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

There are 12 Dubois County locations or buildings listed on the NRHS with 5 being in Jasper.

Side view of St. Joseph Catholic Church


In 1970, the school system of Ireland, an unincorporated town west of Jasper along State Route 56, was consolidated into that of Jasper.

Front entrance to Jasper High School

Holy Trinity

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Annual Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau, American Fact Finder. Retrieved 2015-07-07. 
  4. ^ a b "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. ^ http://www.in.gov/arts/2520.htm
  10. ^ "Relocate-America Announces 2005 'America's Top 100 Places to Live' List". Free Republic. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-places-in-indiana/
  12. ^ http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-indiana/
  13. ^ http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/small-business/best-places-start-business-indiana/
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ MICROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS AND COMPONENTS, Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-07-27.
  17. ^ "Sister Cities International". Retrieved 2006-11-20. 
  18. ^ "A history of the Jasper Weekly Courier from Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization blog". 
  19. ^ https://duboiscountyherald.com/about-us
  20. ^ Miller, John W. (1982). Indiana Newspaper Bibliography. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 
  21. ^ Powell, Bill (2 April 2014). "Crane employee from Jasper sentenced to prison". The Dubois County Herald. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  22. ^ Schneider, Nick (31 March 2014). "Former Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee has been sentenced to prison for 18 months for credit card theft". Greene County Daily World. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  23. ^ Dean, Stephen (28 March 2014). "Indiana Army post hit by inside theft; manager sent to prison". The Indy Channel (TV 6). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 

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