Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2020

164,496
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Clarksville is a city located in Tennessee. With a 2020 population of 164,496, it is the 5th largest city in Tennessee (after Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga) and the 159th largest city in the United States. Clarksville is currently growing at a rate of 2.40% annually and its population has increased by 23.75% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 132,929 in 2010. Spanning over 99 miles, Clarksville has a population density of 1,665 people per square mile.

The average household income in Clarksville is $63,775 with a poverty rate of 14.74%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $946 per month, and the median house value is $148,700. The median age in Clarksville is 29.5 years, 28.9 years for males, and 30.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.6 males.

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: 65.78%
  • Black or African American: 24.15%
  • Two or more races: 4.64%
  • Asian: 2.53%
  • Other race: 1.78%
  • Native American: 0.67%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.46%
The current population of Clarksville, Tennessee is 164,496, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 156,794.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 132,929.

Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020305,4106,5732.15%
2019298,8376,5732.20%
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
White99,06165.78%
Black or African American36,37024.15%
Two or More Races6,9864.64%
Asian3,8042.53%
Some Other Race2,6871.78%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0040.67%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6900.46%
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Clarksville Population Pyramid 2020

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Clarksville Median Age

29.5


Total

28.9


Male

30.4


Female

Clarksville Adults

There are 109,867 adults, (12,344 of whom are seniors) in Clarksville.

Clarksville Age Dependency

54.4

Age Dependency Ratio

12.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Clarksville Sex Ratio

Female

75,470

50.11%

Male

75,132

49.89%

Clarksville Households and Families

Clarksville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Clarksville Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66.1%33.9%
Male56.3%43.7%
All53.3%46.7%
Female40%60%
Non Family38.4%61.6%

53.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All54,7662.6953.3
Married27,2533.2966.1
Non Family16,7471.3338.4
Female8,0053.340
Male2,7613.1956.3

3.2

Average Family Size

2.69

Average Household Size

5.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Clarksville Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1162.32%
9th to 12th Grade4,6585.11%
High School Graduate25,57428.04%
Some College25,50027.96%
Associates Degree9,18910.08%
Bachelors Degree16,55618.15%
Graduate Degree7,6048.34%
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Clarksville Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White55,87852,33015,797
Black21,01519,3664,957
Hispanic8,6967,5761,481
Asian2,6942,291927
Multiple Races2,6682,497906
Other Race1,2241,050145
Native American737720213
Islander41238631

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 97.69%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.41%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,323$41,625$27,707
Less Than High School$17,280$21,115$15,344
High School Grad$31,002$35,331$23,676
Some College$34,953$42,387$25,277
Bachelors Degree$41,678$53,308$35,109
Graduate Degree$52,761$64,138$45,614

$35,323

Average Earnings

$41,625

Average Male

$27,707

Average Female

Clarksville Language

Clarksville Language by Age

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Clarksville Language

89.78% of Clarksville residents speak only English, while 10.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.36% of the population.

Clarksville Poverty

Clarksville Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White84,57710,32512.21%
Black35,2696,38718.11%
Hispanic16,8743,01717.88%
Multiple6,8451,42720.85%
Other2,67975328.11%
Asian3,79259115.59%
Native98817117.31%
Islander67712618.61%

14.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.61%

Male Poverty Rate

15.85%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Clarksville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is Other, with 28.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is White, with 12.21% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.22%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.52%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.87%
High School14.50%
Some College11.06%
Bachelors or Greater5.86%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed40.21%
Female Unemployed23.45%
Female Employed10.43%
Male Employed7.74%

Clarksville Income

Clarksville Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,007$63,775
Families$59,716$71,635
Married Families$70,333$83,216
Non Families$34,945$42,580
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Clarksville Marital Status

Clarksville Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

51.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.3%

Male Marriage Rate

50.8%

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 Veterans

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19,845

Number of Veterans

15,704

Male Veterans

4,141

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War9,726
First Gulf War8,150
Vietnam4,037
Korea351
World War II70
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 548,063
18 to 344,889
55 to 643,312
65 to 742,360
75+1,221
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Name Veterans % of Total
White13,58220.41%
Black4,95520.99%
Hispanic1,76118.75%
2 or More65220.28%
Other24316.85%
Asian2368.34%
Indian12315.59%
Hawaiian5410.95%

Clarksville Veterans by Education

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8.29%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

Clarksville Employment Status

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67.2%

Labor Force Participation

53.4%

Employment Rate

7.2%

Unemployment Rate

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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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34.03%

Born in Tennessee

94.76%

Native Born

5.24%

Foreign Born

2.18%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.76% of Clarksville residents were born in the United States, with 34.03% having been born in Tennessee. 2.18% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020164,4963,8512.40%
2019160,6453,8512.46%
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%