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Clarkston, Georgia
Milam Park
Milam Park
“Where Possibilities Grow”
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County DeKalb
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 1.86 sq mi (4.81 km2)
 • Land 1.84 sq mi (4.78 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,020 ft (311 m)
 • Total 14,756
 • Density 7,997.83/sq mi (3,088.40/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 404, 678
FIPS code 13-16544
GNIS feature ID 0331411

Clarkston is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 7,554 as of the 2010 census.

The city is noted for its ethnic diversity, and is often referred to as "the most diverse square mile in America" and "the Ellis Island of the South." In the 1990s, refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. At present students attending Clarkston High School come from over 50 countries; the local mosque (Masjid al-Momineen, or Mosque of the Faithful in English) has a diverse and sizable congregation; and over half the population is estimated by some to be foreign born.


Clarkston City Annex, 2016
Clarkston City Hall annex.

Clarkston is located at 33°48′37″N 84°14′24″W / 33.81028°N 84.24000°W / 33.81028; -84.24000 (33.810304, −84.239877).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is land and 0.94% is water.

Clarkston is on the Eastern Continental Divide.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 33
1890 271 721.2%
1900 362 33.6%
1910 349 −3.6%
1920 501 43.6%
1930 606 21.0%
1940 921 52.0%
1950 1,165 26.5%
1960 1,524 30.8%
1970 3,127 105.2%
1980 4,539 45.2%
1990 5,385 18.6%
2000 7,231 34.3%
2010 7,554 4.5%
2020 14,756 95.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Clarkston racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,199 8.13%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 9,491 64.32%
Native American 24 0.16%
Asian 2,866 19.42%
Pacific Islander 7 0.05%
Other/Mixed 620 4.2%
Hispanic or Latino 549 3.72%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,756 people, 3,727 households, and 2,341 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of 2010 Clarkston had a population of 7,554. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 13.6% white (13.1% non-Hispanic white), 58.4% black or African American (57.9% non-Hispanic black), 0.2% Native American, 21.6 Asian (4.8% Vietnamese, 16.8% other Asian), 2.1% from some other race and 4.1% from two or more races. 2.8% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.


DeKalb County School System operates Clarkston's public schools.

  • Indian Creek Elementary School
  • Clarkston High School

All the schools are located outside of the city limits of Clarkston.

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf is a State funded school in Clarkston.

The Clarkston Campus of Georgia State University's Perimeter College is just south of the city limits. Georgia Piedmont Technical College, part of the Technical College System of Georgia, is in Clarkston.

Public libraries

DeKalb County Public Library operates the Clarkston Branch.


Major roads

  • US 78
  • SR 410

Mass transit

  • MARTA Bus 120 connects to MARTA Blue Line rail service at Avondale
  • MARTA Bus 125 connects to MARTA Blue Line rail service at Kensington

Pedestrians and cycling

  • Stone Mountain Trail

See also

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