Clarksdale, MS


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Clarksdale is a medium-sized city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 16,847 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Clarksdale is the 23rd largest community in Mississippi.

Clarksdale is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Clarksdale is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clarksdale who work in office and administrative support (11.60%), teaching (11.10%), and sales jobs (8.59%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.09 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Clarksdale is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.51% of adults 25 and older in Clarksdale have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Clarksdale in 2010 was $15,419, which is lower middle income relative to Mississippi, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $61,676 for a family of four. Clarksdale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.54% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Clarksdale is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clarksdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clarksdale residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Clarksdale include Irish, Italian, German, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Clarksdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Arabic.

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