Quietly nestled along the Pakota River in Indiana resides the city of Jasper. Currently home to more than 15,000 people, Jasper is the county seat of Dubois County. Jasper is also home to a large number of furniture manufacturers, thus earning the nickname, "The Wood Capital of the World." In fact, the city's two largest employers are both furniture makers, Kimball International and MasterBrand Cabinets. Retail and healthcare make up the bulk of the remainder of Jasper's economy. Jasper is a community that thrives with its small-town atmosphere, but it doesn't deny its residents the conveniences more commonly associated with big city living, like excellent restaurants, shopping, and a wide array of entertainment options. And, whether you're looking for a downtown apartment, a luxurious condo, or a single-family home, you'll find Jasper has exactly what you want to live the life of your dreams.
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Jasper was founded in 1830, when agriculture ruled Indiana's economy. Since that time, the city has evolved into one of the leaders in manufacturing in the U.S. With a reputation for having safe neighborhoods and the only municipally supported Arts Council in the state of Indiana, the city is particularly regarded as one of the best small towns in America by several annual publications. In fact, the Jasper Community Arts Commission is the only group to have won the Governor's Arts Award not once, but twice. Jasper's educational system provides complete coverage for all of its students, from elementary through higher education, and the city is home to a satellite campus of Vincennes University, Indiana's first college.
Thanks to its small-town appeal and family-friendly nature, Jasper is the recipient of several noteworthy distinctions, including being ranked among the ten best places to live in the U.S. by Relocate America; one of the 10 Best Cities to Live in Indiana by Movoto.com, and one of the Best Places to Start a Business in Indiana by NerdWallet.com. There are five buildings in Jasper listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and because the city has historically had a significant German Catholic demographic, its annual Jasper Strassenfest festival is regarded as one of its most beloved traditions. Every year, more than 1,300 pounds of German bratwurst is consumed over the four-day festival!