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Overview

Introduction to Jasper, Alabama

Jasper, Alabama, in Walker county, is 34 miles NW of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center) and 163 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee.

Jasper History

Jasper was first settled in 1815. The city was named after Sergeant William Jasper, a soldier of the Red Stick War. It was incorporated in 1888. The Sheffield and Birmingham Railroad and the Kansas City-Memphis and Birmingham Railroad first entered the city in 1886. The city of Jasper is the hometown of many celebrities including the renowned TV and movie stars George Lindsey and Polly Holliday and singer Sandy Posey. John H. Bankhead II, United States Senator, was also born in the city.

Jasper and nearby Attractions

  • Walker County Lake
  • Carl Elliott House Museum
  • Alabama Mining Museum
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
  • Bankhead National Forest

Things To Do In Jasper

There are several open spaces and parks in Jasper including the James Fowler Park, Carver Park, Memorial Park, and Valley Park. You can also visit the Rickwood Caverns State Park, Lake Lurleen State Park, and Lake Lurleen State Park. The city has several houses of worship including the Carter Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Birmingham Avenue Church of God, and Wesley Church. Shopping is available at the Parklands Shopping Center, Jasper Mall Shopping Center, Parklands North Shopping Center, Jasper Square Shopping Center, and English Village Shopping Center.

Jasper Transportation

International air transportation can be availed from Birmingham International Airport.

Jasper Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered at Bevill State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and several other colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 14,186
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,501
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,777
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,014
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,750

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,972
% Above Poverty Level 77.7%
% Below Poverty Level 22.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $608
Median House Value $132,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 12.5%

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

Jasper Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Birmingham, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 163 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Walker
Standard Zip Codes 35501, 35503, 35504
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35502
Phone Area Codes 205
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.831
Longitude -87.277

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 JASPER
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 58.7 inches
Station FAYETTE
Distance 32.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 76 F
Annual Precip 58.7 inches
Station SAINT BERNARD
Distance 35.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 59.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carbon Hill 1,739 $35,761
Cordova 2,074 $29,934
Oakman 659 $50,469
Parrish 1,086 $35,536
Sipsey 473 $40,000
Sumiton 2,689 $54,079

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

Jasper Public Libraries

Library
Carl Elliott Regional Library
98 18TH STREET EAST
Jasper, Alabama
(205) 221-2568
Jasper Public Library
98 18TH STREET EAST
Jasper, Alabama
(205) 221-8512

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Jasper Hospitals

WALKER BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
3400 HIGHWAY 78 EAST
(205) 387-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jasper High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WALKER HIGH SCHOOL
1601 HIGHLAND AVE
205-221-9277
Serves 829 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

CURRY HIGH SCHOOL
155 YELLOW JACKET DR
205-384-3887
Serves 657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

NORTH HIGHLAND SCHOOL
907 12TH AVE SW
205-387-1468
A Special Education School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

WALKER COUNTY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
6670 OLD BIRMINGHAM HWY
205-483-7410
A Non-traditional School

WALKER COUNTY CENTER OF TECHNOLOGY
1100 VIKING DR
205-387-0561
A Vocational School

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