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Jefferson

Jefferson is a town in Ashe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,611 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Ashe County.HistoryThe North Carolina General Assembly created a special commission in 1799 to create a county seat for Ashe County. The commission purchased 50acre of land to form the town of Jeffersonton, later named Jefferson. It is one of the first towns in the nation to bear the name of Thomas Jefferson, who was the Vice President of the United States in 1799.The Ashe County Courthouse and Poe Fish Weir are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.GeographyJefferson is located at.According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.4km2, of which 0.01sqkm, or 0.20%, is water. The New River, which is part of the Ohio River watershed and is one of the oldest and most scenic rivers in the eastern United States, flows through the town.DemographicsAs of the census of 2000, there were 1,422 people, 582 households, and 334 families residing in the town. The population density was 738.2 people per square mile (284.5/km2). There were 617 housing units at an average density of 320.3 per square mile (123.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.43% White, 1.41% African American, 0.35% Asian, 2.53% from other races, and 0.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.73% of the population.
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