Clarkston, Georgia

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Clarkston is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 7,231 at the 2000 census. The city is home to the central campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

The city is noted for its diversity. In the 1990s refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. By the 2000s the local high school had students from more than 50 countries; a local mosque had 800 worshippers; and by some estimates, half the population was from outside the U.S.



Clarkston is located at 33°48′37″N 84°14′24″W / 33.81028°N 84.24°W / 33.81028; -84.24 (33.810304, -84.239877)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.94% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,231 people, 2,469 households, and 1,587 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,856.3 people per square mile (2,659.0/km²). There were 2,622 housing units at an average density of 2,486.1/sq mi (964.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 19.44% White, 55.66% African American, 0.11% Native American, 12.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.56% from other races, and 9.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.61% of the population.

In 2000 ,Clarkston had the highest percentage of people from Somalia any place in the United States, with 7.6% of the population reporting have come from there.[4]

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