Clarkston is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia. 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. 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles, of which 1.0 square mile is land and 0.94% is water. Clarkston is on the Eastern Continental Divide.
Here are some interesting facts about Clarkston from their own official city website…
- 21 miles away from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
- “TIME magazine called Clarkston the most diverse square mile in America and it has also been written about in best sellingbooks like What is the What and Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.” –Global Frontier Mission
- “The origin of the city of Clarkston can be traced back to the 1830s, when Georgia Railroad constructed a rail line through the area. It connected the merchants of Athens with the outlets in South Carolina and Augusta. The community was originally named ‘New Siding’, in honor of Jake New, who was a section foreman working for the Georgia Railroad. The city of Clarkston was officially incorporated into the state in the year 1882. It was named ‘Clarkston’ in honor of W. W. Clark, a Director of the Georgia Railroad and the Covington Railroad.”
- 31.8% of population is foreign born
- #11 on the list of “Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Physicians and surgeons (population 5,000+)”
- #7 on the list of “Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Broadcasting and telecommunications (population 5,000+)”
- Roughly 75% of the population is under the age of 40
- Roughly 60% of Homes in Clarkston were built in the 1970’s and 1980’s
- The median home cost in Clarkston is $79,500. Home appreciation the last year has been -6.80 percent.
- Clarkston public schools spend $7,286 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $5,691. There are about 13.1 students per teacher in Clarkston.
- 111 Miles from the Georgia Guidestones!
- 60 Languages spoken in a 1.4 square mile
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