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What's it like to live in Clarkston?

  Clarkston Georgia U.S
Median household income $40,940 $48,642 $50,935
Median home price $79,500 $110,000 $152,300
Cost of living (% of national avg) 88% 92% 100%
Unemployment 10% 10% 9%
Days per year with some sun: 216   
Days per year with some precipitation: 108   
Population: 7,554 (2010)   
Males: 3,723 (49.3%)   
Females: 3,831 (50.7%)   
Median resident age: 29.5 years   
Georgia median age: 40.0 years   


Security Experts SafeWise List Clarkston among the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

In 2014, the Home security experts SafeWise ranked Clarkston 44th in its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia with populations over 5,000.The company based the ranking on findings from the FBI's "Crime in the U.S." report. Auburn, Ga., in Barrow County was ranked No. 1
Here’s what SafeWise had to say about Clarkston:
Located in the heart of the Atlanta metropolitan area, Clarkston provides the peace and quiet that people love about small towns just outside of major cities. Clarkston residents are committed to fostering a walking and biking community, a unique characteristic of the city’s cultural makeup.
The city also promotes outdoor activities, including its new renovation of Milam Park, which is now equipped with all new playground equipment, bike paths, a dog park, a new swimming pool complex, an ADA walking trail, and a Wildlife Nature Preserve and Twin Lakes with fishing that is open to the public. Clarkston has everything you could ever love about a tight-knit, community-driven small town all wrapped up in one rich, entertaining package.

Interesting Facts About the City of Clarkston

  • 21 miles away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Convenient access to MARTA Public Transporation
  • "TIME magazine called Clarkston the most diverse square mile in America and it has also been written about in best selling books 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 1.1 square mile, That's a new language every 100 sq ft!

This video is from PBS and focuses on Clarkston and how it has significantly changed over the recent years.
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Watch 9/21/12: America by the numbers on PBS. See more from Need To Know.


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