Introduction to Jefferson City, Tennessee

Jefferson City, Tennessee, in Jefferson county, is 26 miles NE of Knoxville, Tennessee and 140 miles SE of Lexington, Kentucky. About 7,760 people live in Jefferson City.

Jefferson City History

Jefferson City was originally known as Mossy Creek. It was first settled in by Adam and Elizabeth Sharkey Peck in 1788. The first gristmill in the city was established in 1795. The first post office in present-day Jefferson City was established on November 21, 1816 and Willie Zount Peck was the first postmaster. The East Tennessee Railroad first entered the area in the late 1850s. Mossy Creek was incorporated as Jefferson City in 1901. It was named after Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States. W.T. Russell was the first mayor of the city.

Jefferson City and nearby Attractions

  • College Square Shopping Center
  • Glenmore Victorian Mansion
  • Panther Creek State Park
  • Rose Center Museum
  • William Blount Mansion
  • Fun Mountain Amusement Park

Things To Do In Jefferson City

While in Jefferson City, one can pay a visit to the Glenmore Victorian Mansion, the Rose Center Museum and the William Blount Mansion. The Panther Creek State Park provides amenities for several different types of outdoor recreation. One can also plan a day trip to the Fun Mountain Amusement Park.

Jefferson City Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport.

Jefferson City Higher Education

Carson-Newman College is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Walters State Community College, Pellissippi State Technical Community College and the University of Tennessee.


Total Population 8,396
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,414
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 38.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $26,735
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,663
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,051


Median Family Income $43,929
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $611
Median House Value $107,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.3%
Irish 11.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jefferson City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles NE of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 140 miles SE of Lexington, Kentucky
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 37760
Phone Area Codes 865
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.122
Longitude -83.492

Jefferson City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 30.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 53.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Jefferson City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Jeff City (37760)

Jefferson Cty (37760)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baneberry 534 $76,250
Blaine 1,943 $54,625
Dandridge 2,860 $58,787
New Market 1,418 $58,913
Rutledge 1,286 $33,438
White Pine 2,274 $50,475

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Jefferson City Public Libraries

Jefferson City Public Library
Jefferson City, Tennessee
(865) 475-9094

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Jefferson City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(865) 471-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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