Jefferson City, Tennessee
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Location of Jefferson City in Jefferson County, Tennessee
|Named for||Thomas Jefferson|
|• Total||6.4 sq mi (16.6 km2)|
|• Land||6.4 sq mi (16.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,201 ft (366 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,308/sq mi (505.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1289326|
Jefferson City is a city in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 8,047, and in 2017 the estimated population was 8,199. The city was originally named "Mossy Creek" but was changed in 1901 to honor Thomas Jefferson. Carson-Newman University, a Baptist college founded in 1851, is located in Jefferson City.
U.S. Route 11E, the Andrew Johnson Highway, passes through the south side of the city. It leads northeast 13 miles (21 km) to the center of Morristown and west 3 miles (5 km) to New Market. Knoxville is 28 miles (45 km) to the southwest via Route 11E. Tennessee State Route 92 passes through the west side of Jefferson City, leading north 14 miles (23 km) to Rutledge and south 9 miles (14 km) to the center of Dandridge.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Jefferson City has a total area of 6.4 square miles (16.6 km2), of which 6.4 square miles (16.5 km2) are land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.72%, are water. The northwest boundary of the city touches the southernmost arm of Cherokee Lake, a reservoir on the Holston River.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,760 people, 2,821 households, and 1,692 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,464.0 people per square mile (565.3/km²). There were 3,155 housing units at an average density of 595.2 per square mile (229.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.99% White, 6.29% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.15% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.73% of the population.
There were 2,821 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29, and the average family size was 2.86.
In the city, the population was spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 25.6% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,911, and the median income for a family was $33,964. Males had a median income of $28,306 versus $18,739 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,770. About 19.7% of families and 24.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Dana X. Bible, college football coach at Texas A & M, Nebraska, and Texas
- Mark Dean, inventor and computer scientist
- Phil Garner, ex-Major League Baseball player and manager
- Jim Henry, minority leader in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1981 to 1986
- Glenn Jacobs, professional wrestler better known as Kane
- Kenneth Massey, American statistician
- Robert Edward Lee Mountcastle, a member of the Republican National Committee
- Carolyn Peck, former women's basketball coach, currently a basketball analyst at ESPN
- Herbert S. Walters, U.S. senator
- Clyde Wright, ex-Major League Baseball pitcher
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