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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,137
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens17.9%
Employed Population 16+5,356
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married47.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.6%
Median Earnings25+$31,130
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,105
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,632

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,169
% Above Poverty Level78.7%
% Below Poverty Level21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.8%
Median Gross Rent$629
Median House Value$136,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.8%
Irish12.2%
English10.2%
German7.5%
Scottish2.9%
Italian1.3%
West Indian1%
Polish1%
French Except Basque0.9%
African0.7%
Jamaican0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Arab0.4%
Dutch0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Greek0.1%
Czech0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Jasper Almanac

CategoryValue
County Walker County
Standard Zip Codes35501, 35503, 35504
P.O. Box Zip Codes35502
Phone Area Codes205
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.82
Approximate Longitude-87.29

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)

StationJASPER
Distance5.3 miles
Jan Temp30 to 51 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip58.7 inches
StationFAYETTE
Distance32.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp47 to 76 F
Annual Precip58.7 inches
StationSAINT BERNARD
Distance35.2 miles
Jan Temp29 to 52 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 76 F
Annual Precip59.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carbon Hill1,739$37,679
Cordova2,030$27,188
Oakman666$45,179
Parrish914$34,167
Sipsey416$43,438
Sumiton2,735$54,896

Jasper Public Libraries

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

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Jasper Hospitals

Walker Baptist Medical Center
(Non-profit)
3400 Highway 78, East
(205) 715-5309

Jasper Public Schools

Maddox Middle Sch
201 Panther Trail
ZIP: 35501
Middle
Total Enrollment 592
Memorial Pk Elem Sch
800 10th Ave
ZIP: 35501
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
North Highland Sch
907 12th Ave Sw
ZIP: 35501
Other
Total Enrollment 4
T R Simmons Elem Sch
1001 Viking Dr
ZIP: 35501
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Walker Co Alt Sch
1100 Viking Drive
ZIP: 35501
Other
Walker Co Ctr Of Tech
1100 Viking Drive
ZIP: 35501
High
Walker High Sch
1601 Highland Ave
ZIP: 35501
High
Total Enrollment 836
West Jasper Elem Sch
1400 W 19th St
ZIP: 35501
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Curry Elem Sch
85 Yellow Jacket Dr
ZIP: 35503
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Curry High Sch
155 Yellow Jacket Dr
ZIP: 35503
High
Total Enrollment 531
Curry Middle Sch
115 Yellow Jacket Dr
ZIP: 35503
Middle
Total Enrollment 282
Farmstead Jr High Sch
2760 Highway 195
ZIP: 35503
Valley Jr High Sch
155 Valley School Rd
ZIP: 35504
Primary
Total Enrollment 671

Jasper Private Schools

Victory Christian Academy
2200 Gamble Ave
ZIP: 35501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Grace Christian Academy
1186 Mac Drummond Rd
ZIP: 35504
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
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