Jefferson City, Tennessee

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Jefferson City is a city in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,760 at the 2000 census. The city was originally named Mossy Creek, but was changed in 1901 to honor Thomas Jefferson. Carson-Newman College, a Baptist college founded in 1851, is located in Jefferson City.



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)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.9 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.93%) is water.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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