is a county
located in the U.S. state
. As of 2000, the population is 10,117. Its county seat
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 498 square miles
), of which, 494 square miles (1,280 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.73%) is water.
Crooked Creek, Fox, Grandville, Grove, Hunt City, North Muddy, Smallwood, South Muddy, St. Marie, Wade, Willow Hill
Jasper County was formed in 1831 out of Clay
and Crawford Counties
. It was named for Sgt. William Jasper
, Revolutionary War
hero from South Carolina
. In the defense of Fort Moultrie
in 1776, when the staff of the American flag
was shot away, Sgt. Jasper erected a temporary staff, and waved the flag at the British until a new staff was erected.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 10,117 people, 3,930 households, and 2,849 families residing in the county. The population density
was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,294 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.15% White
, 0.08% Black
or African American
, 0.07% Native American
, 0.19% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.19% from other races
, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.47% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 49.2% were of German
, 16.5% American
, 9.7% English
and 6.5% Irish
ancestry according to Census 2000
. 99.3% spoke English
as their first language.
There were 3,930 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,721, and the median income for a family was $43,547. Males had a median income of $30,131 versus $17,646 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,649. About 8.50% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.
Jasper County is largely served by Jasper County Community Unit School District 1, which is based in its county seat, Newton. Five of the district's six schools are located in and mostly serve juvenile residents of Jasper County.
Cities and towns
Many of the communities of Jasper County are townships and are not included here.
Census designated places
- Burl Ives, an acclaimed American folk music singer, author, and actor.