Informally nicknamed Jeff, Jefferson City is the state capital for Missouri and is America’s 10th-least populated state capital city. Jefferson City was named after America’s third president Thomas Jefferson.
According to WalletHub’s 2017 business friendliness analysis, Jefferson is America’s fifth-best small city in which to start a business in terms of business environment, access to resources and business costs.
The biggest employers in Jefferson City include the State of Missouri (14,200 employees in 2016), Capital Region Medical Center (1,600 employees), multinational media company Scholastic Corporation (1,500 employees), Jefferson City Public Schools (1,590 employees) and not-for-profit Catholic health care system provider SSM Health (1,200 employees).
Missouri shipped U$13.935 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Missourian exports are automobiles, civilian aircraft, motorcycles, veterinarian vaccines, soya bean oilcake, corn and soya beans according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Jefferson City was 3.4% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Jefferson City, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Governor’s Mansion, Lewis and Clark Monument Trailhead Plaza, Missouri State Capitol, Missouri State Penitentiary and the Missouri Supreme Court Building
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Jefferson City, United States:
- Maya Moore, Olympic basketball gold medalist (born Jun. 11, 1989)
- Christian Cantwell, Olympic shot put silver medalist (born Sep. 30, 1980)
- Charlie Weber, actor (born Sep. 20, 1978)
- Joe Crede, MLB baseball championship third baseman (born Apr. 26, 1978)
- Cedric the Entertainer, comedian (born Apr. 24, 1964)
- Justin Smith, NFL football defensive end (born Sep. 30, 1979)
- Sam LeCure, MLB baseball relief pitcher (born May 4, 1984)
- Paul C. Wilson, Supreme Court of Missouri judge (born May 23, 1961)
- Steve Rogers, MLB baseball starting pitcher (born Oct. 26, 1949)
- Charlie Brown, NFL football running back (born Oct. 16, 1945)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Jefferson City resident: Jefferson Citian
Population: 43,013 (Jefferson City city limits)
Density: 1,196 people per square mile (462 per square kilometer)
Population: 76,631 (Cole County)
Density: 194 people per square mile (75 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$6.75 billion as of March 2015 (Jefferson City metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $44,587
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Jefferson City: U.S. dollars
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Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 25, 2017
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Statistical Atlas, Population of the Jefferson City Area, Missouri (Metro Area). Accessed on June 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 25, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Cole County, Missouri. Accessed on June 25, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 25, 2017
WalletHub, 2017’s Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Jefferson City city flag. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Jefferson City, Missouri. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Cole County, Missouri. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Jefferson City, Missouri metropolitan area. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Missouri. Accessed on June 25, 2017
Within city limits, Jefferson City occupies 35.95 square miles (93.11 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 43,013 Jefferson Citians in 2016.
Jefferson City is also the county seat for Cole County, Missouri. That county has a land area of 394 square miles (1,020 square kilometers) with a population of 76,631 inhabitants.
At the city level, Jefferson City’s population density is 1,196 residents per square mile (462 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the encompassing Cole County to an average 194 inhabitants per square mile (75 per square kilometer).
Jefferson Citians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.