Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2023

178,602

Clarksville is a city located in Montgomery County Tennessee. Clarksville has a 2023 population of 178,602. It is also the county seat of Montgomery County.Clarksville is currently growing at a rate of 2.21% annually and its population has increased by 6.78% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 167,258 in 2020.

The average household income in Clarksville is $71,824 with a poverty rate of 13.2%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Clarksville is 30 years, 29.4 years for males, and 30.7 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: 62.81%
  • Black or African American: 22.71%
  • Two or more races: 8.64%
  • Asian: 2.62%
  • Other race: 2.44%
  • Native American: 0.47%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.32%
Land Area (mi²)
98.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,807.80/sq mi
Growth Rate
2.21% (3,864)
Growth Since 2020
6.78% (11,344)
The current population of Clarksville, Tennessee is 178,602 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 167,258.

Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2023

Population by Race

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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Clarksville Population by Race

Clarksville Population Pyramid 2023

Clarksville Median Age

30

Total

29.4

Male

30.7

Female

Clarksville Adults

There are 118,727 adults, (13,608 of whom are seniors) in Clarksville.

Clarksville Age Dependency

55.6

Age Dependency Ratio

12.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Clarksville Sex Ratio

Female81,49849.84%
Male82,02050.16%

Clarksville Population by Age

Clarksville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.19

Average Family Size

2.69

Average Household Size

54.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Clarksville Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Clarksville Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Clarksville Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 87.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 30%.

Clarksville Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$39,020

Average Earnings

$45,050

Average Male

$31,570

Average Female

Clarksville Earnings by Educational Attainment

Clarksville Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Clarksville Language

89.37% of Clarksville residents speak only English, while 10.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.66% of the population.

Clarksville Language

Clarksville Poverty by Race

rate

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13.2%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.09%

Male Poverty Rate

14.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Clarksville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is Multiple, with 29.69% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is Asian, with 11.61% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.63%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.44%.

Clarksville Poverty

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Clarksville Poverty Rate by Education

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Clarksville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Clarksville Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Clarksville Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

50.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.0%

Male Marriage Rate

49.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Clarksville Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Clarksville Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Clarksville Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Clarksville Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

21,025

Number of Veterans

16,664

Male Veterans

4,361

Female Veterans

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Clarksville Veterans by War

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Clarksville Veterans by Age

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Clarksville Veterans by Race

Clarksville Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.55%

Veteran Disability Rate

Clarksville Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.4%

Labor Force Participation

55.2%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Clarksville Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Clarksville Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Clarksville Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

33.35%

Born in Clarksville

89.65%

Native Born

6%

Foreign Born

2.71%

Non Citizen

3.29%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.65% of Clarksville residents were born in the United States, with 33.35% having been born in Tennessee. 2.71% 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

Note: data after 2021 is projected based on recent change

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Clarksville Population by Year