Jefferson City is a city located in the state of Missouri. It is the state’s capital and has about 44,000 people. The Missouri River runs through Jefferson City and is the focus of many water-related activities in the city. So if you’re looking for exciting things to do while visiting Jefferson City, you’ll find plenty of them! There are parks, museums, fantastic food and restaurants, and nightlife that appeal to any interest or age group.
Discover fascinating facts about the city below and why it is worth a visit!
1. The city was named after the 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson.
2. The city is the current state capital of Missouri.
3. It was founded in 1821 and incorporated in 1825.
4. The city has a simple nickname: Jeff.
5. The city has an area of 37.65 sq mi (97.51 km2).
7. The city’s population is about 44,000 residents as of 2021.
8. Most of the city’s residents are white, followed by black and Hispanic residents.
9. Jefferson City is home to four National Historic Places: the Governor’s Mansion, Missouri State Capitol, Old Cathedral Cemetery, and Old City Cemetery.
10. The current location of the capital will always remain Jefferson City due to a law passed by voters in 1875. This law states that the capital can only be moved out of Jefferson City once a new one is built in a different location within Missouri.
11. Jefferson City is home to Lincoln University, a public historically black land-grant university founded in 1866 by the 62nd Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops.
12. The Missouri State Capitol is the building that houses the Missouri General Assembly and the executive branch of the government of the U.S. state of Missouri. Located in Jefferson City at 201 West Capitol Avenue, it is the third capitol building in the city after the other two were demolished when they were damaged in fires.
13. Major employers in the city are the state, the city, and the service and manufacturing industries.