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Overview

Introduction to Clarksdale, Mississippi

Clarksdale, Mississippi, in Coahoma county, is 71 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee.

Clarksdale History

Clarksdale was founded by John Clark. He was the brother-in-law of James L. Alcorn, the Governor of Mississippi during the Reconstruction period. The city was known as "Golden Buckle in the Cotton Belt" in the early 20th century as it was home to a number of plantations. Clarksdale is the county seat of Coahoma County, which was founded on February 9, 1836.

Clarksdale and nearby Attractions

  • Clarksdale Shopping Center
  • Delta Blues Museum
  • Clarksdale Country Club
  • North Delta Museum
  • Little Sunflower River
  • Cossar State Park

Things To Do In Clarksdale

Clarksdale offers a number of shopping centers. Some of these include the Oakhurst Village Shopping Center, Commerce Plaza Shopping Center, Westgate Shopping Center, Anderson Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, Desoto Shopping Center and Clarksdale Shopping Center. Golfers can visit the Clarksdale Country Club. One can also enjoy boating, fishing and swimming on the Little Sunflower River. Anderson Park and the Dixie Youth Park offers a number of recreational facilities. Clarksdale hosts the Juke Joint and Tennessee Williams Festival and the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival every year.

Clarksdale Transportation

Air transportation is available from Mid Delta Regional Airport.

Clarksdale Higher Education

Clarksdale is home to the Coahoma Community College. One can also pursue higher education at Delta State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Mississippi Valley State University.

People

Total Population 17,314
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 5,635
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 29.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $24,843
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,354
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,907

Wealth

Median Family Income $33,294
% Above Poverty Level 65%
% Below Poverty Level 35%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $594
Median House Value $60,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 3.8%

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

Clarksdale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 71 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Coahoma
Standard Zip Codes 38614
P.O. Box Zip Codes 38669
Phone Area Codes 662
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.211
Longitude -90.57

Clarksdale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CLARKSDALE
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 49 F
Apr Temp 52 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.2 inches
Station BATESVILLE 2 SW
Distance 34.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.9 inches
Station CLEVELAND
Distance 34.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 51 F
Apr Temp 53 to 74 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Clarksdale, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Baltzer (38614)

Baugh (38669)

Bobo (38614)

King and Anderson (38614)

Mattson (38614)

Riverton (38614)

Roundaway (38614)

Sherard (38669)

Stovall (38614)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alligator 328 $42,546
Coahoma 390 $23,281
Duncan 435 $27,000
Friars Point 870 $20,250
Jonestown 1,436 $22,083
Lyon 320 $73,929

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

Clarksdale Public Libraries

Library
Carnegie Public Library
114 DELTA AVENUE
Clarksdale, Mississippi
(662) 624-4461
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Clarksdale Hospitals

NW MISSISSIPPI REGIONAL MED CENTER
(Proprietary)
1970 HOSPITAL DRIVE
(662) 627-3211
Emergency Service: Yes

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Clarksdale High Schools

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CLARKSDALE HIGH SCHOOL
1101 WILDCAT DRIVE
662-627-8530
Serves 748 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

COAHOMA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
1535 LEE DRIVE
662-627-7378
A Title I School.
Serves 345 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

COAHOMA AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL
3240 FRIARS POINT ROAD
662-621-4160
A Title I School.
Serves 297 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

CARL KEEN VOC
WALNUT STREET
662-627-8580
A Vocational School

MYRTLE HALL III ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
770 GRANT PLACE
662-627-8595
A Non-traditional School

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