13 Facts About Jefferson City


Jefferson City is named for Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

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Jefferson City is located on the northern edge of the Ozark Plateau on the southern side of the Missouri River in a region known as Mid-Missouri, that is roughly mid-way between the state's two large urban areas of Kansas City and St Louis.

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Jefferson City is home to Lincoln University, a public historically black land-grant university founded in 1866 by the 62nd Regiment of US Colored Troops with support from the 65th Regiment of US Colored Troops.

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Jefferson City won a 2013 essay contest sponsored by Rand McNally, and was named "Most Beautiful Small Town".

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Jefferson City has a humid continental climate with hot, rainy summers and cold winters.

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Jefferson City's economy is driven by its residents, citizens of surrounding communities, and tourists.

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Jefferson City's economy is based on the government, health care, manufacturing, retail, education, and tourism industries.

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Jefferson City is known for Central Dairy, whose products are shipped statewide.

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Jefferson City has a public library, the Missouri River Regional Library.

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Jefferson City is one of the four state capitals that is not served by an Interstate highway; Interstate 70 passes by the city 30 miles to the north in Columbia.

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Jefferson City station, located in the former Union Hotel at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, is one of the Missouri River Runner train stops between Kansas City and St Louis, provided by Amtrak, the sole intercity passenger railroad service in the United States.

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Jefferson City is home to SSM Health St Mary's Hospital which has 154 beds.

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Jefferson City is the sister city to the German city of Munchberg.

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