Clarkston, Michigan

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Clarkston, known officially by the name City of the Village of Clarkston, is a small city located within Independence Charter Township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 962 at the 2000 census.



Clarkston is a small community in the northern outskirts of Detroit suburbs. Located with easy access to I-75, Clarkston offers a direct route to downtown Detroit and Flint.

The jurisdiction of the city government is limited to a relatively small downtown area commonly referred to as "the village." Those living in the much larger surrounding area of Independence Township refer to themselves as living in Clarkston. Very few residents describe themselves as living in Independence Township. The township and city both use Clarkston as a mailing address, and are served by Clarkston Community Schools.

The township is home to DTE Energy Music Theater, Pine Knob Ski Resort, Clarkston High School and Everest Catholic Schools.

In September 2008, the pilot episode for the new HBO show "Hung" was shot at Clarkston Junior High School, located in down town Clarkston. The show revolves around a basketball coach. HBO paid students of the high school to be extras in scenes where they were fans in the crowd of a basketball game.

Public schools

The schools in the Clarkston Community School District are:

  • Clarkston High School
  • CSMTech Academy
  • Oakland Technical Center - Northwest Campus
  • Clarkston Junior High School
  • Sashabaw Middle School
  • Andersonville Elementary School
  • Bailey Lake Elementary School
  • Clarkston Elementary School
  • Independence Elementary School
  • North Sashabaw Elementary School
  • Pine Knob Elementary School
  • Springfield Plains Elementary School
  • Clarkston Early Childhood Center

Private schools

The private schools in Clarkston are:

Oakland Christian School - 6300 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 248-625-1324


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 962 people, 406 households, and 265 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,106.0 per square mile (807.5/km²). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 928.2/sq mi (355.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.31% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

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