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The City of Jefferson City had a population of 44,289 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Jefferson City, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 44,289
Daytime Population: Workers 48,619
Daytime Population: Residents 21,446
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 70,065
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.58
Population in Households 40,010
Population in Familes 30,058
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,279
Population Density2 1,228
Diversity Index3 42


Median Household Income $51,909
Average Household Income $68,322
Per Capita Income $28,835


Total Housing Units 19,312 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,963 (51.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,676 (39.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,673 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $145,209
Average Home Value $181,138


Total Households 17,639
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 10,144
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.38% 0.37%
Households 0.28% 0.33%
Families 0.24% 0.18%
Median Household Income   2.3%
Per Capita Income   2.45%

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, 2017 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 Density # 241 77th
Diversity Index # 81 92nd
Median Household Income # 311 70th
Per Capita Income # 173 83rd

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