Jefferson City, Tennessee
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Jefferson City, Tennessee
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Location of Jefferson City in Jefferson County, Tennessee
Location of Jefferson City in Jefferson County, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°6?59?N 83°29?11?W / 36.11639°N 83.48639°W / 36.11639; -83.48639Coordinates: 36°6?59?N 83°29?11?W / 36.11639°N 83.48639°W / 36.11639; -83.48639
CountryUnited States
Named forThomas Jefferson
 o Total6.65 sq mi (17.22 km2)
 o Land6.60 sq mi (17.10 km2)
 o Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
1,201 ft (366 m)
 o Total8,047
 o Estimate 
 o Density1,241.71/sq mi (479.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 o Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)865
FIPS code47-37960[5]
GNIS feature ID1289326[6]

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,[7] and in 2017 the estimated population was 8,199.[8] 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.


Jefferson City is located in northern Jefferson County at 36°6?59?N 83°29?11?W / 36.11639°N 83.48639°W / 36.11639; -83.48639 (36.116389, -83.486500).[9] It is bordered to the west by New Market, to the south by Dandridge, and to the northeast by Morristown.

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.[7] The northwest boundary of the city touches the southernmost arm of Cherokee Lake, a reservoir on the Holston River.


{{US Census population |1910= 1328 |1920= 1414 |1930= 1898 |1940= 2576 |1950= 3633 |1960= 4550 |1970= 5124 |1980= 5612 |1990= 5494 |2000= 7760 |2010= 8047 |estyear=2018 |estimate=8199 |estref=[4] |footnote=Sources:[10]<ref name=CensusPopEst>"Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 2013. } As of the census[5] 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.

Notable people


  1. ^ Jefferson City official website. Retrieved: 16 January 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. June 27, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Jefferson City city, Tennessee". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference USCensusEst2018 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Archived from the original on 2002-05-27. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved .

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