Jefferson County was named for President and statesman Thomas Jefferson who was serving as Secretary of State in 1792. Thomas Jefferson at that time the area was still part of the Southwest Territory of the United States.
Portions of Greene and Hawkins counties were taken to form Jefferson County. The towns of Dandridge, Mossy Creek (now Jefferson City), New Market, and Oak Grove were established by 1834. Later New Market, White Pine, and Jefferson City became incorporated cities.
Jefferson County Statistics:
Average year-round temperature/weather:
Annual Average Temperature 56
Rainfall (in.) 45.1
Snowfall (in.) 4
Avg. July High 87.5
Avg. Jan. Low 27.2
Median price of homes
Cost of living:
2008 cost of living index in Jefferson County: 77.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Jefferson County's cost of living is 16.85% Lower than the U.S. average.
Population of city/county and/or median age:
Median resident age: 36.5
Recreational and Cultural:
Black Oak Park
Great Indian War Trail Monument
Nelson Merry Park
Henderson Island Wildlife Refuge
Baneberry Golf & Resort
Dandridge Golf & Country Club
Lost Creek Golf Club
Patriot Hills Golf Club
Fancher's Campground, Inc.
Lake Cove Resort, Inc.
Douglas Headwater Campground
Douglas Tailwater Campground
Cherokee Dam Campground
Jefferson County has shoreline on two of the largest lakes in Tennessee Cherokee Lake is on the county's northern border and Douglas Lake is on the southern border. There are abundant opportunities for fishing, boating, skiing, camping and swimming. There is no closed fishing season. Both Douglas and Cherokee lakes have several access areas, boat docks, marinas, campgrounds and parks.
Cherokee Lake is located in the foothills of East Tennessee. Formed from the Holston River and its tributaries, its 30,300 acres of water surface and 463 miles of shoreline attract more than 2.5 million visits a year. TVA has installed aeration systems at Cherokee Dam to improve the health of the fish population as well as increase the number of fish species.
Douglas Lake is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Formed from the French Broad River and its tributaries of the Nolichucky and Pigeon Rivers, its 30,400 acres of water surface and 555 miles of shoreline attract more than 1.7 million visitors a year.