Clarksville, Arkansas

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Clarksville, Arkansas
City
Old train station in Clarksville
Old train station in Clarksville
Location of Clarksville in Johnson County, Arkansas
Location of Clarksville in Johnson County, Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°27′50″N 93°28′38″W / 35.46389°N 93.47722°W / 35.46389; -93.47722Coordinates: 35°27′50″N 93°28′38″W / 35.46389°N 93.47722°W / 35.46389; -93.47722
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Johnson
Area[1]
 • Total 19.13 sq mi (49.55 km2)
 • Land 18.51 sq mi (47.93 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.61 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,178
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 9,524
 • Density 514.6/sq mi (198.70/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72830
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-14140
GNIS feature ID 0076626
Website www.clarksvillear.gov

Clarksville is a city in Johnson County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,178,[3] up from 7,719 in 2000. As of 2016, the estimated population was 9,524.[2] The city is the county seat of Johnson County.[4] It is nestled between the Arkansas River and the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, and Interstate 40 and US Highway 64 intersect within the city limits. Clarksville-Johnson County is widely known for its peaches, scenic byways and abundance of natural outdoor recreational activities.

Geography[edit]

Clarksville is located in south-central Johnson County at 35°27′50″N 93°28′38″W / 35.46389°N 93.47722°W / 35.46389; -93.47722 (35.464006, -93.477089).[5] The city is bordered to the south by the Arkansas River, although the city center is 3 miles (5 km) north of the river and west of Spadra Creek.

Interstate 40 leads southeast 100 miles (161 km) to Little Rock and west 55 miles (89 km) to Fort Smith.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Clarksville has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.7 km2), of which 18.5 square miles (47.9 km2) are land and 0.69 square miles (1.8 km2), or 3.66%, are water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850398
1860316−20.6%
187046647.5%
188065640.8%
189093742.8%
19001,08615.9%
19101,45634.1%
19202,12746.1%
19303,03142.5%
19403,1182.9%
19504,34339.3%
19603,919−9.8%
19704,61617.8%
19805,23713.5%
19905,83311.4%
20007,71932.3%
20109,17818.9%
Est. 20169,524[2]3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2014 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 7,719 people, 2,960 households, and 1,918 families residing in the city. The population density was 429.3 people per square mile (165.8/km²). There were 3,240 housing units at an average density of 180.2 per square mile (69.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.60% White, 3.46% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.15% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 15.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,960 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 12.5% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,548, and the median income for a family was $30,758. Males had a median income of $22,052 versus $19,764 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,305. About 16.2% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.8% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Clarksville is home to the University of the Ozarks, a private, liberal arts based university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Clarksville Schools is the city's public school district. Its mascot is a panther. The school colors are red and white. The school system is broken up into five different categories: Primary (K-1), Elementary (2nd-4th), Middle (5th & 6th), Junior High (7th-9th), and High School (10th-12th).

In 2011, Clarksville became the first school district in the state of Arkansas to issue every student in the 7th through 12th grades their own take home laptop computer. A video documenting the new measure can be seen here.

The Clarksville School District has a graduation rate of over 92%.

Trivia[edit]

  • Clarksville is home to the Johnson County Peach Festival. Starting in 1938. It is a nearly week long event (starts on a Tuesday and ends on Saturday) and attracts visitors from all over the country. Activities and events include Barbershop chorus, gospel music, good ol' home cookin, handmade arts and crafts, street dance, frog jumping contest, terrapin derby, greased pig chase, a 4-mile run, parade, jam and jelly bake-off and of course peach and peach cobbler eating contests. It all concludes with the crowning of Queen Elberta, Miss Arkansas Valley and Miss Teen Arkansas Valley pageants. This year's Peach Festival kicks off June 16.
  • The Oark General Store is located 22 miles north of Clarksville in the community of Oark. This is the oldest store in Arkansas that has remained in continuous operation. The building has the original floors, walls, and ceiling and is listed on the "Register of Historical Places in Arkansas". The Cafe features home cooking.
  • The Clarksville post office contains a mural, How Happy was the Occasion, painted in 1941 by Mary M. Purser. Federally commissioned murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.[9]

Notable people[edit]

  • Bill Doolin, Old West outlaw born in Clarksville
  • Gordon Houston, born in Clarksville, the first professional baseball player to die during active duty in World War II.
  • Ralphie May, comedian raised in Clarksville
  • Matt Stockdale, independent professional wrestler raised in Clarksville and a member of the class of 2007 Clarksville High School.
  • Eddie from Clarksville, frequent caller on Arkansas sports radio and a Razorback super fan. Also created Hog Delight and popularized the term “Hog Train.”

May 25, 2011 Tornado[edit]

Clarksville was struck by an EF4 tornado on May 25, 2011. Rogers Avenue sustained damage including signs blown down, many building facades damaged and numerous trees broken in half. Areas along and near East Main Street and Poplar Street sustained heavy structural damage, including several heavily damaged homes and apartment buildings. There were three fatalities in rural Johnson County during this storm, which included two tornadoes.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clarksville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Clarksville city, Arkansas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Arnesen, Eric (2007). Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History. 1. New York: Routledge. p. 1540. ISBN 9780415968263. 
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Clarksville, Arkansas

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