Jasper, Tennessee

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Jasper, Tennessee
Jasper City Hall
Jasper City Hall
Nickname(s): "Gateway to the beautiful Sequatchie Valley"
Motto: "The friendly city on the move!"
Location of Jasper on map of Tennessee
Location of Jasper on map of Tennessee
Jasper, Tennessee
Location of Jasper in Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°04′30″N 85°37′41″W / 35.07500°N 85.62806°W / 35.07500; -85.62806Coordinates: 35°04′30″N 85°37′41″W / 35.07500°N 85.62806°W / 35.07500; -85.62806
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Marion
Founded 1820[1]
Incorporated 1959[1]
Named for William Jasper
 • Land 9.0 sq mi (23 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 825 ft (251 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,279
 • Density 355.7/sq mi (137.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 37347
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-37820[2]
GNIS feature ID 1289309[3]
Website www.jasper-tn.com

Jasper is a town in Marion County, Tennessee, United States. It is the county seat of Marion County. The population was 3,279 at the 2010 census.[4] The town was formed in 1820 from lands acquired from Betsy Pack (1770–1851), daughter of Cherokee Chief John Lowery.

Jasper is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Jasper is named for William Jasper, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina.[5]

Jasper was formed from land leased for $1 from Elizabeth aka "Betsy" Pack, daughter of Chief John Lowery and beloved Cherokee Woman Nannie Watts.[6] Her descendants and friends of the family gather on a semi-annual basis to place flowers at the courthouse marker. The town's primary north-south street, which follows a section of Tennessee State Route 150, has been named in honor of Pack.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.2 square miles (24 km2), of which 9.0 square miles (23 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.42%) is water. The town lies in the southwestern Sequatchie Valley in a relatively flat area surrounded by steep escarpments of the Cumberland Plateau on the north and west, low hills on the east, and Guntersville Lake (part of the Tennessee River) on the south. The Sequatchie River flows just east of the town, and empties into the Tennessee River at the town's southeastern boundary. Kimball borders Jasper to the southwest.

Jasper's courthouse square lies at the intersection of U.S. Route 72 (Main Street) and Tennessee State Route 150 (Betsy Pack Drive). US-72 (which runs concurrently with U.S. Route 64 and U.S. Route 41 in Jasper) connects the town with Chattanooga to the southeast and Kimball, South Pittsburg, and Alabama to the southwest. State Route 150 connects Jasper with the Grundy County area atop the Plateau to the northwest. Tennessee State Route 28, part of the primary north-south corridor in the Sequatchie Valley, intersects US-72 in southeastern Jasper. Interstate 24 passes through Jasper's southern outskirts.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 249
1870 375 50.6%
1880 541 44.3%
1890 902 66.7%
1920 728
1930 1,251 71.8%
1960 1,450
1970 2,009 38.6%
1980 2,633 31.1%
1990 2,780 5.6%
2000 3,214 15.6%
2010 3,279 2.0%
Est. 2014 3,299 [7] 0.6%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,214 people, 1,299 households, and 928 families residing in the town. The population density was 355.7 people per square mile (137.3/km²). There were 1,393 housing units at an average density of 154.2 per square mile (59.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.39% White, 7.34% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21% of the population.

There were 1,299 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,926, and the median income for a family was $42,467. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,311. About 11.4% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.8% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.


Marion County Airport, also known as Brown Field, is a county-owned, public-use airport located just over four and a half miles (7 km) southeast of the central business district of Jasper.[10]

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