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The City of Jefferson City had a population of 44,138 as of July 1, 2016. Jefferson City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Missouri. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Jefferson City is located at latitude 38.5675 and longitude -92.1753 in Cole County. The formal boundaries for the City of Jefferson City (see map below) encompass a land area of 36.08 sq. miles and a water area of 1.63 sq. miles. Cole County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 630 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Jefferson City are located in Cole County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Callaway County.

The City of Jefferson City (GNIS ID: 2395462) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Jefferson City is located within Township of Jefferson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cole County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Jefferson City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Jefferson City: City of Jefferson, Jefferson.

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Jefferson City, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 44,138
Population in Households 39,894
Population in Familes 30,037
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,244
Population Density1 1,223
Diversity Index2 41


Total Households 17,530
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 10,096
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 19,259 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,100 (52.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,430 (38.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,729 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $140,733
Average Home Value $175,465


Median Household Income $48,960
Average Household Income $64,530
Per Capita Income $27,238
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.39% 0.37%
Households 0.23% 0.36%
Families 0.2% 0.2%
Median Household Income   1.93%
Per Capita Income   1.68%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Jefferson City, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Jefferson City to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 15 99th
Population Density1 # 248 76th
Diversity Index2 # 80 92nd
Median Household Income # 330 68th
Per Capita Income # 166 84th

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