Discover Clarkston – A Small Town With A Big Heart
The City of Clarkston is centrally located in DeKalb County, approximately 10 miles northeast of Atlanta, and retains a small town feeling in the heart of Metropolitan Atlanta. Clarkston has remained a small city with a population of 7,554, according to the 2010 Census.
“TIME magazine called Clarkston the most diverse square mile in America and it has also been written about in best selling books like What is the What and Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.”
The City Of Clarkston owes much of its beginnings to the Georgia Railroad. In the 1830’s, the Georgia Railroad built a rail line through what is present day Clarkston to connect the merchants of Athens with outlets in Augusta and South Carolina. Originally called “New Siding” after Jake New, a Section Foreman that worked for the Georgia Railroad, the City of Clarkston was officially chartered by Governor Alexander H. Stevens on December 12, 1882. Clarkston was named in honor of Colonel W.W. Clark, a Covington Lawyer and a Director of the Georgia Railroad.
Because the railroad made Atlanta so accessible for commuting, Clarkston became a community of homeowners who worked in Atlanta. Clarkston became one of the South’s first “suburban” communities. Commuting citizens accounted for much of Clarkston’s early growth.
The City of Clarkston is noted for its diversity. In the 1990s, refugee Asylum programs in the United States identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds. By the 2000s, the local high school had students from more than 50 countries; a local mosque had 800 worshipers; and by some estimates, half the population was from outside the U.S.
Clarkston is home to the central campus of Georgia State University|Georgia Perimeter College. The Clarkston Campus is Georgia Perimeter College’s oldest location. It opened as DeKalb College with 763 students in 1964 and became Georgia Perimeter College in 1997. They have one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the University System of Georgia, with students from more than 100 nations. The campus publishes The Chattahoochee Review, a nationally recognized literary magazine. Georgia Perimeter College’s Fine Arts Program and the Center for International Education also host an assortment of cultural events.
For more information about The City of Clarkson, visit ClarkstonGa.Gov.
Interesting Facts about Clarkston:
- The City of Clarkston Tennis Facility is the first municipal facility in the country to complete the USTA 10 and under initative, which incorporates the “Quickstart” format of playing tennis, allows kids to learn real tennis and have real fun doing it.
- “TIME magazine called Clarkston the most diverse square mile in America and it has also been written about in best selling books like What is the What and Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.” –Global Frontier Mission
- 31.8% of population is foreign born
- #11 on the list of “Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Physicians and Surgeons (population 5,000+)”
- #7 on the list of “Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Broadcasting and Telecommunications (population 5,000+)”
- Roughly 75% of the population is under the age of 40
- Roughly 60% of homes in Clarkston were built in the 1970’s and 1980’s
- 60 Languages are spoken in a 1.1 square mile. That’s a new language every 100 sq. ft.