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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Clarksdale is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (11.86%), teaching (11.53%), and food service (8.77%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Clarksdale spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.02 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Clarksdale citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.03% of adults 25 and older in Clarksdale have a college degree.
The per capita income in Clarksdale in 2010 was $14,751, 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 $59,004 for a family of four. Clarksdale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.97% 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.