Clarkston is a medium-sized town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 47,141 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Clarkston is the 33rd largest community in Michigan.
Clarkston real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Clarkston house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Clarkston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Clarkston is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clarkston who work in management occupations (12.11%), office and administrative support (11.39%), and sales jobs (10.58%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.99% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Clarkston is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Clarkston’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Clarkston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.83 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Clarkston is a decent-sized town, yet no one gets to work using public transit, because the town has no real transit system.
The citizens of Clarkston are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.75% of adults in Clarkston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Clarkston in 2018 was $44,341, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $177,364 for a family of four. However, Clarkston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Clarkston is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Clarkston include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Clarkston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.