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).
|• 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)|
|• Estimate (2014)||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|
|GNIS feature ID||436944|
Jasper is a city in, and the county seat of Bainbridge Township, 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. 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. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Town Recognition
- 3 Economy
- 4 Geography
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Sister City
- 7 Arts and culture
- 8 Media
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Notable People
- 11 National Register of Historic Places
- 12 Education
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Jasper was founded in 1818. The Enlow family were the first settlers of the town. Jasper was originally going to be called Eleanor, the wife of settler Joseph Enlow, but she opted to suggest a name herself, and named the city after a passage in the Bible (Revelations 21:19).
Jasper was incorporated as a town in 1866, and was incorporated into a city in 1915.
- 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.
- In 2014, movoto.com ranked Jasper fifth on their "10 Best Cities to Live in Indiana" list.
- A 2014 report by safewise.com placed Jasper 8th on the "50 Safest Cities in Indiana" rankings.
- According to a study done by NerdWallet.com, Jasper is 9th on the "Best Places to Start a Business in Indiana" list.
The largest industry sectors by employment in Jasper are manufacturing, retail, and health care & social services.
According to the Jasper Chamber of Commerce
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|3||Jasper Engines & Transmissions||1,500|
|5||Jasper Rubber Products||800|
Jasper is located at  and is roughly:(38.391439, -86.930772),
- 1 hour northeast of Evansville, Indiana.
- 2 1/2 hours southwest of Indianapolis.
- 1 1/2 hours west of Louisville, Kentucky.
- 3 hours east of St. Louis, Missouri.
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. City limits extend from Bainbridge Township into Madison and Boone Townships.
|Source: US Census Bureau|
The racial makeup of the city was:
- 93.6% white
- 7.7% Hispanic
- 0.4% Black
- 0.9% Asian
- 0.2% Native American
- 4.0% from other races
- 0.9% from two or more races.
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.
Arts and culture
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. 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.
- 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.
Other newspapers published in Jasper included the Democrat (1857), the Times (1865), and another Times (1879–1891).
The following stations are licensed in the city of Jasper
- Daniel M. Buechlein, former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Indianapolis
- Scott Rolen, Major League Baseball player
- Gilbert R. Tredway, historian
- Wilfrid Worland, Washington, D.C.–area architect
- Paul Hoffman, Purdue All-American, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Champion
- Matt Mauck, National Football League quarterback; led the Bayou Bengals to the 2003 national championship
- Spike Gehlhausen, Indy car driver
- William J. Schroeder, longest lived person on a Jarvik-7
- Bernard V. Vonderschmitt, most noted as a co-founder of leading FPGA producer Xilinx.
- Former U.S. Army civilian employee and current Jasper resident, James N. Emmons, was sentenced to prison for 18 months after being convicted of stealing $159,000 from the U.S. Government. The theft occurred between January 2010 and September 2012 by using a government purchase card to purchase for himself: weapons, computer equipment, audio equipment, and other numerous personal items.
National Register of Historic Places
There are 12 Dubois County locations or buildings listed on the NRHS with 5 being in Jasper.
- Dubois County Courthouse
- Gramelspacher-Gutzweiler House
- John Opel House
- St. Joseph Catholic Church
- Louis H. Sturm Hardware Store
In 1970, the school system of Ireland, an unincorporated town west of Jasper along State Route 56, was consolidated into that of Jasper.
- Vincennes University (Jasper Campus)
- Jasper High School (Public 9-12)
- Jasper Middle School (Public 6-8)
- Ireland Elementary School (Public PreK-5)
- Tenth Street School (Public 3-5)
- Fifth Street School (Public PreK-2)
- List of public art in Jasper, Indiana
- List of mayors of Jasper, Indiana
- List of city parks in Jasper, Indiana
- "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- "Annual Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau, American Fact Finder. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Wilson, George R. (1910). History of Dubois County from Its Primitive Days to 1910. Windmill Publications. p. 356.
- "Jasper, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
- "History". Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- Wilson, George R. (1910). History of Dubois County from Its Primitive Days to 1910. p. 161.
- "Portersville History". Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Dubois County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- "About Our City". Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- "Relocate-America Announces 2005 'America's Top 100 Places to Live' List". Free Republic. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- MICROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS AND COMPONENTS, Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-07-27.
- "Sister Cities International". Retrieved 2006-11-20.
- "A history of the Jasper Weekly Courier from Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization blog".
- Miller, John W. (1982). Indiana Newspaper Bibliography. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society.
- Powell, Bill (2 April 2014). "Crane employee from Jasper sentenced to prison". The Dubois County Herald. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- 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.
- 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.
|Wikisource has the text of a 1920 Encyclopedia Americana article about Jasper, Indiana.|
- Jasper, Indiana travel guide from Wikivoyage
- City of Jasper, Indiana website
- Jasper Chamber of Commerce
- Jasper German Club
- Jasper Strassenfest
- Jasper Weekly Courier (1858–1922) available through Chronicling America at Library of Congress
||Otwell, Petersburg||Haysville, Loogootee||Dubois, Crystal|
|Ireland||Celestine, Patoka Lake|
|Duff, Holland||Huntingburg, Dale||St. Anthony, Ferdinand|