Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2023

176,859

Clarksville is a city located in Montgomery County Tennessee. It is also the county seat of Montgomery County. With a 2023 population of 176,859, it is the 5th largest city in Tennessee and the 159th largest city in the United States.Clarksville is currently growing at a rate of 1.95% annually and its population has increased by 6.08% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 166,722 in 2020. Spanning over 99 miles, Clarksville has a population density of 1,790 people per square mile.

The average household income in Clarksville is $65,458 with a poverty rate of 17.45%. 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: 65.07%
  • Black or African American: 22.95%
  • Two or more races: 6.25%
  • Asian: 2.63%
  • Other race: 2.17%
  • Native American: 0.56%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.37%
The current population of Clarksville, Tennessee is 176,859 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 166,722.

Clarksville, Tennessee Population 2023

Population by Race

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 114,031 adults, (13,131 of whom are seniors) in Clarksville.

Clarksville Age Dependency

54.7

Age Dependency Ratio

13

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Clarksville Sex Ratio

Female77,67249.76%
Male78,42050.24%

Clarksville Population by Age

Clarksville Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.12

Average Family Size

2.64

Average Household Size

54.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Clarksville Households and Families

Male

Female

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

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 81.71%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 29.58%.

Clarksville Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$37,078

Average Earnings

$43,585

Average Male

$30,394

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

89.32% of Clarksville 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 6.56% of the population.

Clarksville Language

Clarksville Poverty by Race

rate

17.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.18%

Male Poverty Rate

15.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Clarksville

The race most likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is Other, with 45.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Clarksville is White, with 13.62% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.88%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.22%.

Clarksville Poverty

Clarksville Poverty Rate by Education

Clarksville Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Clarksville Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Clarksville Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

51.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.4%

Male Marriage Rate

50.3%

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 Over 65, 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

20,896

Number of Veterans

16,502

Male Veterans

4,394

Female Veterans

Clarksville Veterans by War

Clarksville Veterans by Age

count

Clarksville Veterans by Race

Clarksville Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.07%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Clarksville Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.6%

Labor Force Participation

54.5%

Employment Rate

6.5%

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

32.21%

Born in Clarksville

88.24%

Native Born

5.38%

Foreign Born

2.34%

Non Citizen

3.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.24% of Clarksville residents were born in the United States, with 32.21% having been born in Tennessee. 2.34% 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 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Clarksville Population by Year