Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2019

156,794

As the county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee, Clarksville is the fifth largest city in the state behind Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Named after Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark, Clarksville is the anchor city of the Clarksville TN-KY metro area spread over four counties with a population last estimated at 268,000 in 2009. In 2019, Clarksville has a population of 156,794.

Diversity

Behind La Vergne and Nashville, Clarksville ranks as the 3rd most diverse city in Tennessee and it has the 10th largest Hispanic population in the state. Just 5.5% of the population in Clarksville was born outside the U.S. Clarksville has the 4th highest per capita personal income in the state at $23,722.

History

Clarksville stood as Cherokee land until the 1770s when European settlers started visiting the area. It city was founded in 1785 nd named for Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. It was incorporated in 1807.

After the American Revolutionary War, Clarksville was meant to be settled by soldiers of George Washington’s now-disbanded Continental Army. As the federal government lacked sufficient the money to pay the soldiers, the land was deemed ready and available through a land grant program. Since then, Clarksville has had an on-going interdependence between the citizens and the military.

By the 19th century, the town was growing at a rapid pace. At the start of the Civil War, tobacco, along with corn, flour and cotton, was one of the major commodity crops, depending heavily on slave labor. Clarksville voted unanimously with Montgomery County to secede and join the Confederate States of America.

The Reconstruction Era following the Civil War brought thriving development to Clarksville until the Great Fire of 1978 destroyed 15 acres of downtown Clarksville’s business district. The courthouse and many other historic buildings were lost to the fire.

The U.S. joining WWII in 1941 saw the construction of Camp Campbell (now known as Fort Campbell) and with it a huge boost to Clarksville’s population and economy.

Population Growth

Clarksville has seen a steady population rise since 1870. Annexation of neighboring communities such as New Providence and Saint Bethlehem in the 1960s, 70s and 80s saw a sharper increase in the decades to come, with the population having almost tripled since 1980 (and even then having more than tripled since 1950). Like other communities in Middle Tennessee, Clarksville is going through a population boom with a population growth of 13% in the last five years.

Clarksville, Tennessee's estimated population is 156,794 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Clarksville, Tennessee is the 5th largest city in Tennessee based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1599.77 people/mi² (617.67 people/km²).

The overall median age is 29.4 years, 28.7 years for males, and 30.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 61,479 households in the city, with an average size of 2.7 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.3%, with a median rent of $930/month. The median house has 5.5 rooms, and has a value of $143,400.

The median income for households in Clarksville, Tennessee is $51,164, while the mean household income is $61,610.

Clarksville Tn Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Clarksville Tn was:

  • White: 66.61%
  • Black or African American: 23.45%
  • Two or more races: 4.91%
  • Asian: 2.27%
  • Other race: 1.60%
  • Native American: 0.66%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.51%

How Many People Live in Clarksville, Tennessee?

156,794
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018156,7943,7402.44%
2017153,0543,8512.58%
2016149,2031,0230.69%
2015148,1802,3381.60%
2014145,8423,6482.57%
2013142,194-359-0.25%
2012142,5536,4524.74%
2011136,1012,6211.96%
2010133,48030,0252.58%
2000103,45527,9613.20%
199075,49420,7173.26%
198054,77723,0585.62%
197031,7199,6983.72%
196022,0215,7753.09%
195016,2464,4153.22%
194011,8312,5892.50%
19309,2421,1321.32%
19208,110-438-0.52%
19108,548-883-0.98%
19009,4311,5071.76%
18907,9244,0447.40%
18803,8806801.95%
18703,2000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018292,2646,5732.25%
2017285,6914,9891.75%
2016280,7028590.31%
2015279,8433,3701.20%
2014276,4734,3041.56%
2013272,169-1,879-0.69%
2012274,0489,8553.60%
2011264,1932,5840.98%
2010261,6090.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White98,42466.61%
Black or African American34,65223.45%
Two or More Races7,2524.91%
Asian3,3502.27%
Some Other Race2,3681.60%
American Indian and Alaska Native9690.66%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7560.51%

Clarksville Tn Population Pyramid 2019

Clarksville Tn Median Age

29.4


Total

28.7


Male

30.2


Female

Clarksville Tn Adults

There are 107,509 adults, (11,848 of whom are seniors) in Clarksville Tn.

Clarksville Tn Age Dependency

54.5

Age Dependency Ratio

12.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Clarksville Tn Sex Ratio

Female

73,873

49.99%

Male

73,898

50.01%

Clarksville Tn Households and Families

Clarksville Tn Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Clarksville Tn Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.4%34.6%
All53.3%46.7%
Male52.1%47.9%
Female43.7%56.3%
Non Family38%62%

53.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All53,5252.753.3
Married26,8973.2965.4
Non Family16,1341.3438
Female7,9683.3443.7
Male2,5263.1852.1

3.2

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Clarksville Tn Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,3762.67%
9th to 12th Grade4,6445.23%
High School Graduate25,04028.19%
Some College25,62128.85%
Associates Degree8,5359.61%
Bachelors Degree15,76517.75%
Graduate Degree6,8427.70%

Clarksville Tn Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White55,39251,66915,420
Black19,86618,1944,250
Hispanic8,3837,2451,418
Multiple Races2,7902,619809
Asian2,4281,971671
Other Race1,1931,029197
Native American680663238
Islander3813644

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 97.50%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 35.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,845$41,232$26,801
Less Than High School$19,046$23,478$16,368
High School Grad$29,335$35,025$21,412
Some College$34,160$41,635$24,308
Bachelors Degree$42,273$54,106$35,121
Graduate Degree$50,323$61,206$45,216

$34,845

Average Earnings

$41,232

Average Male

$26,801

Average Female

Clarksville Tn Language

Clarksville Tn Language by Age

Clarksville Tn Language

89.32% of Clarksville Tn residents speak only English, while 10.68% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.57% of the population.

Clarksville Tn Poverty

Clarksville Tn Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White84,86510,45512.32%
Black33,5467,22021.52%
Hispanic16,3472,87517.59%
Multiple7,1431,16716.34%
Asian3,30954616.50%
Other2,34952222.22%
Native96521822.59%
Islander7448911.96%

15.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.74%

Male Poverty Rate

16.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Clarksville Tn

The race most likely to be in poverty in Clarksville Tn is Native, with 22.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Clarksville Tn is Islander, with 11.96% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.02%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.36%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.58%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.08%
High School14.29%
Some College10.92%
Bachelors or Greater5.67%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.31%
Male Unemployed31.11%
Female Employed10.82%
Male Employed7.68%

Clarksville Tn Income

Clarksville Tn Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$51,164$61,610
Families$57,945$68,535
Married Families$67,916$80,026
Non Families$34,128$42,230

Clarksville Tn Marital Status

Clarksville Tn Marital Status

Marriage Rates

52.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.7%

Male Marriage Rate

51.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Clarksville Tn Married by Age and Sex

Clarksville Tn Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Clarksville Tn Marital Status by Race

Clarksville Tn Veterans

19,708

Number of Veterans

15,696

Male Veterans

4,012

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War9,468
First Gulf War7,757
Vietnam4,207
Korea364
World War II61
Age Group Veterans
35 to 547,538
18 to 345,317
55 to 643,390
65 to 742,322
75+1,141

Clarksville Tn Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White13,60620.77%
Black4,67320.84%
Hispanic1,80519.79%
2 or More72122.79%
Other32520.70%
Asian2499.64%
Hawaiian6713.21%
Indian679.44%

Clarksville Tn Veterans by Education

7.54%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.73%

Veteran Disability Rate

Clarksville Tn Employment Status

67%

Labor Force Participation

52.7%

Employment Rate

7.6%

Unemployment Rate

Clarksville Tn Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

33.92%

Born in Tennessee

94.47%

Native Born

5.53%

Foreign Born

2.30%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.47% of Clarksville Tn residents were born in the United States, with 33.92% having been born in Tennessee. 2.30% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.