Clarkston, GA
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Clarkston is a somewhat small city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 12,215 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Clarkston is the 104th largest community in Georgia.

When you are in Clarkston, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.03% of Clarkston’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Clarkston is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clarkston who work in office and administrative support (16.00%), sales jobs (9.60%), and food service (8.87%).

Also of interest is that Clarkston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Clarkston is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Clarkston, the average commute to work is 33.36 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Clarkston has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Clarkston are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.28% of adults in Clarkston have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Clarkston in 2010 was $12,382, which is low income relative to Georgia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $49,528 for a family of four. Clarkston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 43.92% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Clarkston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clarkston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clarkston residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Clarkston include Jamaican, Scottish, German, and South African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Clarkston's cultural character, accounting for 53.45% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Clarkston is English. Other important languages spoken here include African languages and Indic languages.