Introduction to Clarkston, Georgia

Located in De Kalb county, Clarkston, Georgia, is 9 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is in the Atlanta area. There are 7,231 residents living in Clarkston.

Clarkston History

The origin of the city of Clarkston can be traced back to the 1830s, when Georgia Railroad constructed a rail line through the area. It connected the merchants of Athens with the outlets in South Carolina and Augusta. The community was originally named 'New Siding', in honor of Jake New, who was a section foreman working for the Georgia Railroad. The city of Clarkston was officially incorporated into the state in the year 1882. It was named 'Clarkston' in honor of W. W. Clark, a Director of the Georgia Railroad and the Covington Railroad.

Clarkston and nearby Attractions

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Braves Museum & Hall of Fame
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
  • Panola Mountain State Park
  • Root House Museum

Things To Do In Clarkston

The city of Clarkston is home to several museums such as the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Braves Museum & Hall of Fame, Southeastern Railway Museum, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and Gwinnett History Museum. It is also home to golf courses such as the Little Mountain Golf Course, Heritage Golf Club, and Charlie Yates Golf Course. The city also houses Georgia's Stone Mountain State Park, Crowley Family Mausoleum, Malibu Grand Prix Family Entertainment Center, and Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The Zoo Tavern, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia Aquarium are ideal destinations for a trip with family and friends.

Clarkston Transportation

The closest major international airport is The William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Clarkston Higher Education

Higher education is available at DeKalb Technical College, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, and Georgia State University.


Total Population 11,990
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 3.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,928
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 39.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.9%
Median Earnings25+ $21,432
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,371
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,375


Median Family Income $32,359
% Above Poverty Level 59.9%
% Below Poverty Level 40.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 12.1%


People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $857
Median House Value $91,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 2.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clarkston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County De Kalb
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30021
Phone Area Codes 404
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.809
Longitude -84.239

Clarkston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station WINDER 1 SSE
Distance 32.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Avondale Estates 3,066 $133,684
Chamblee 27,654 $46,932
Decatur 20,605 $126,894
Norcross 16,103 $40,131
Pine Lake 648 $57,083
Stone Mountain 5,991 $39,302

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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