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Overview

Introduction to Jasper, Texas

Jasper, Texas, in Jasper county, is 58 miles N of Beaumont, Texas (center to center) and 114 miles NE of Houston, Texas.

Jasper History

Jasper was first settled by John Bevil around 1824, and was initially known as Snow River or Bevil's Settlement. It was renamed Jasper in 1835 after William Jasper, an American Revolution hero who died fighting. Jasper served as the headquarters of the Confederate Army for an area comprised of nine-counties. The early twentieth century saw the arrival of railway and Jasper grew into a center that manufactured timber products. In 2005, hurricane Rita caused considerable damage to the city.

Jasper and Nearby Attractions

  • Ellen Trout Zoo
  • Heritage Village
  • Fort Jesup State Historic Site
  • Sam Houston Jones State Park

Things To Do In Jasper

Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area is a historical site which presents the growth path of the Creole culture. Other historic sites close to Jasper include Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Fort Saint Jean Baptiste State Historic Site and Los Adaes State Historic Site which are remains of forts built during the 18th and 19th centuries. Other attractions in the area include W.H. Stark House and the Big Thicket National Preserve. The North Toledo Bend State Park, Sam Houston Jones State Park and Lake Livingston State Park have facilities for horseback riding, camping, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking.

Jasper Transportation

The major airport nearest to Jasper is Lake Charles Regional Airport.

Jasper Higher Education

Colleges closest to Jasper include Angelina College, Lamar State College - Orange, McNeese State University, Northwestern State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University.

People

Total Population 7,684
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 12.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,460
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 36.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,188
% Above Poverty Level 68.9%
% Below Poverty Level 31.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $690
Median House Value $85,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.6%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 5.5%

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

Jasper Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles N of Beaumont, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles NE of Houston, Texas
County Jasper
Standard Zip Codes 75951
Phone Area Codes 409
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.92
Longitude -93.996

Jasper Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SAM RAYBURN DAM
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.5 inches
Station TOWN BLUFF DAM
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Station LUFKIN ANGELINA CO AP
Distance 49.6 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 55 to 80 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Beech Grove (75951)

Curtis (75951)

Erin (75951)

Harrisburg (75951)

Holly Springs (75951)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Browndell 189 $0

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

Jasper Public Libraries

Library
Jasper Public Library
175 E WATER ST
Jasper, Texas
(409) 384-3791

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Jasper Hospitals

DICKERSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1001 DICKERSON DRIVE
(409) 489-0600
Emergency Service: Yes

CHRISTUS JASPER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1275 MARVIN HANCOCK DRIVE
(409) 384-5461
Emergency Service: Yes

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400 BULLDOG
409-384-3242
Serves 854 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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