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Clarkston, Georgia
City
Clarkston in 2016
Clarkston in 2016
Motto(s): 
“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
Area
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,020 ft (311 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,554
 • Density 6,870/sq mi (2,800/km2)
 • Demonym
Clarkstonian
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30021
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 home to a campus of Georgia State Universities Perimeter College.

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. By the 2000s the local high school had students from more than 50 countries; a local mosque had 800 worshipers; and by some estimates, half the population was from outside the U.S.

Geography

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.

Demographics

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%
Est. 2015 12,215 61.7%
U.S. Decennial 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, 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.

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,231 people, 2,469 households, and 1,587 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,856.3 people per square mile (2,659.0/km²). There were 2,622 housing units at an average density of 2,486.1 per square mile (964.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 19.44% White, 55.66% African American, 0.11% Native American, 12.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.56% from other races, and 9.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.61% of the population.

In 2000, Clarkston foreign residents included African (4%), Arab (1%), West Indian (1%), Asian Indian (1%), Other Hispanic or Latino (1%), and Central American (1%) immigrants.

There were 2,469 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.2% were married couples living together, 21.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 40.0% from 25 to 44, 13.4% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,436, and the median income for a family was $38,056. Males had a median income of $27,604 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,304. About 19.5% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

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