Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2021

161,686
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Clarksville is a city located in Montgomery County Tennessee. It is also the county seat of Montgomery County. With a 2020 population of 161,686, it is the 5th largest city in Tennessee (after Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga) and the 158th largest city in the United States . Clarksville is currently growing at a rate of 1.11% annually and its population has increased by 21.63% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 132,929 in 2010. Clarksville reached it's highest population of 161,686 in 2021. Spanning over 99 miles, Clarksville has a population density of 1,637 people per square mile.

The average household income in Clarksville is $65,458 with a poverty rate of 14.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $961 per month, and the median house value is $154,300. The median age in Clarksville is 29.6 years, 28.8 years for males, and 30.5 years for females.

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.

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.

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 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.

Clarksville Demographics

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

  • White: 65.08%
  • Black or African American: 24.28%
  • Two or more races: 5.17%
  • Asian: 2.54%
  • Other race: 1.77%
  • Native American: 0.67%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.49%
The current population of Clarksville, Tennessee is 161,686 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 156,376.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 132,929.

Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021314,8583,5191.12%
2020311,3393,5191.13%
2019307,8203,5191.14%
2018304,3015,6661.86%
2017298,6354,9231.65%
2016293,7128340.28%
2015292,8783,2501.11%
2014289,6284,1871.45%
2013285,441-1,952-0.68%
2012287,3939,9883.48%
2011277,4052,4460.88%
2010274,9590.00%

Clarksville Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White99,52465.08%
Black or African American37,13524.28%
Two or More Races7,9075.17%
Asian3,8902.54%
Some Other Race2,7031.77%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0300.67%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7450.49%
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Clarksville Population by Race

Clarksville Population Pyramid $2021

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Clarksville Median Age

29.6


Total

28.8


Male

30.5


Female

Clarksville Adults

There are 111,712 adults, (12,551 of whom are seniors) in Clarksville.

Clarksville Age Dependency

54.2

Age Dependency Ratio

12.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Clarksville Sex Ratio

Female

76,535

50.04%

Male

76,399

49.96%

Clarksville Population by Age

Clarksville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Clarksville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.2%33.8%
Male58.1%41.9%
All53%47%
Female38.8%61.2%
Non Family38.4%61.6%

53.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Clarksville Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All56,2602.6653
Married27,3813.2966.2
Non Family17,8841.3338.4
Female8,0563.2938.8
Male2,9393.1758.1

3.18

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

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Clarksville Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0462.20%
9th to 12th Grade4,5104.86%
High School Graduate25,91327.92%
Some College24,98626.92%
Associates Degree9,76210.52%
Bachelors Degree17,35018.69%
Graduate Degree8,2428.88%
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Clarksville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Clarksville Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White56,16952,87216,391
Black21,75620,1395,368
Hispanic8,9057,7681,621
2+ Races2,9332,779921
Asian2,8412,4211,189
Other Race1,195981116
Native American682661246
Islander41640537

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 97.36%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.85%.

Clarksville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,016$42,726$29,272
Less Than 9th Grade$17,595$22,097$15,164
High School Graduate$31,353$34,911$25,531
Some College$35,323$43,152$26,374
Bachelors Degree$42,759$54,618$33,682
Graduate Degree$54,111$68,864$47,527

$36,016

Average Earnings

$42,726

Average Male

$29,272

Average Female

Clarksville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Clarksville Language by Age

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Clarksville Language

89.46% of Clarksville residents speak only English, while 10.54% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.61% of the population.

Clarksville Language

Clarksville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White84,7399,79211.56%
Black35,8516,64018.52%
Hispanic17,2262,80816.30%
Multiple7,7861,69621.78%
Other2,64181530.86%
Asian3,87363316.34%
Native98419519.82%
Islander72112116.78%

14.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.92%

Male Poverty Rate

15.99%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Clarksville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is Other, with 30.86% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is White, with 11.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.43%.

Clarksville Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.92%
High School13.50%
Some College11.17%
Bachelors or Greater5.86%

Clarksville Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed34.38%
Female Unemployed25.34%
Female Employed10.45%
Male Employed7.32%

Clarksville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Clarksville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,604$65,458
Families$61,920$73,941
Married Families$72,694$85,563
Non Families$35,249$43,520
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Income by Household Type

Clarksville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.3%

Male Marriage Rate

49.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Clarksville Married by Age and Sex

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Clarksville 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 Marital Status by Race

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Clarksville Marital Status

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19,588

Number of Veterans

15,283

Male Veterans

4,305

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War9,817
First Gulf War7,741
Vietnam3,803
Korea339
World War II85

Clarksville Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 547,893
18 to 344,684
55 to 643,328
65 to 742,466
75+1,217

Clarksville Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White13,29319.95%
Black4,91920.10%
Hispanic1,78018.37%
2+ Races71620.01%
Asian2608.49%
Other Race18612.23%
Native American14219.43%
Islander7213.98%

Clarksville Veterans by Race

Clarksville Veterans by Education

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7.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Clarksville Veterans by Education

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67.7%

Labor Force Participation

54%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Clarksville Employment by Age

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Clarksville Employment by Race

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Clarksville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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34.48%

Born in Clarksville

94.68%

Native Born

5.32%

Foreign Born

2.10%

Non Citizen

3.22%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.68% of Clarksville residents were born in the United States, with 34.48% having been born in Tennessee. 2.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Clarksville Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021161,6861,7701.11%
2020159,9161,7701.12%
2019158,1461,7701.13%
2018156,3763,4592.26%
2017152,9173,7552.52%
2016149,1621,0150.69%
2015148,1472,2481.54%
2014145,8993,6182.54%
2013142,281-371-0.26%
2012142,6526,5484.81%
2011136,1042,6181.96%
2010133,48630,0312.58%
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%

Clarksville Population by Year