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Jefferson City, Tennessee

(originally Mossy Creek)
City of Jefferson City
Old A.J. Highway in downtown Jefferson City
Old A.J. Highway in downtown Jefferson City
Official seal of Jefferson City, Tennessee
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Jeff City
Motto(s): 
"A Great Place to Live, Work, and Play."
Location of Jefferson City in Jefferson County, Tennessee
Location of Jefferson City in Jefferson County, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Jefferson
Settled 1788
Incorporated 1901
Named for Thomas Jefferson
Government
 • Type Council-manager
Area
 • Total 6.76 sq mi (17.50 km2)
 • Land 6.71 sq mi (17.39 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
1,161 ft (354 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,047
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,194
 • Density 1,220.43/sq mi (471.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
37760
Area code(s) 865
FIPS code 47-37960
GNIS feature ID 2404796

Jefferson City (originally named Mossy Creek) is a city in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 8,047.

Geography

Jefferson City is located at 36°6′59″N 83°29′11″W / 36.11639°N 83.48639°W / 36.11639; -83.48639 (36.116389, -83.486500).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.93%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,328
1920 1,414 6.5%
1930 1,898 34.2%
1940 2,576 35.7%
1950 3,633 41.0%
1960 4,550 25.2%
1970 5,124 12.6%
1980 5,612 9.5%
1990 5,494 −2.1%
2000 7,760 41.2%
2010 8,047 3.7%
2019 (est.) 8,194 1.8%
Sources:

2020 census

Jefferson City racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 6,955 82.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 304 3.61%
Native American 28 0.33%
Asian 86 1.02%
Pacific Islander 2 0.02%
Other/Mixed 352 4.18%
Hispanic or Latino 692 8.22%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,419 people, 2,846 households, and 1,703 families residing in the city.

Education

Public schools

Public schools in Jefferson City are operated by the Jefferson County Department of Education. Elementary students attend Jefferson Elementary, middle school students attend Jefferson Middle, and high school students attend Jefferson County High School in neighboring Dandridge along with other students in the Jefferson County Schools District.

Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University, a private Southern Baptist liberal arts university, is located in Jefferson City adjacent to its downtown district. It was founded in 1851, and has an estimated student enrollment of 2,500.

Notable people

  • 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
  • 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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