Community Fact Sheet

From natural beauty and worldly cuisines to craft culture and historic preservation, Clarksville is a must-visit destination. The city was named 2019’s Best Place to Live by


40-minutes northwest of Nashville along I-24 at the Tennessee/Kentucky border.

Clarksville’s Founding:

Clarksville is one of Tennessee’s oldest cities, founded at the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers in 1784 before Tennessee achieved statehood. The city prospered from river trade, especially tobacco, through the 19th century. 

Population (2020):

  • City of Clarksville – 166,722
  • Montgomery County – 220,069
  • Metropolitan Area – 320,535

Population Growth since 2010: 19%
Average Age: 29.5, one of Tennessee’s youngest cities

Top Amenities: 

  • Austin Peay State University (10,270 students)
  • Fort Campbell U.S. Army Installation (home to 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault)
  • 2 rivers and 650 miles of navigable waterways
  • 30 local and 2 state parks
  • Historic Architecture & Historic Sites

Top Attractions:

  • Customs House Museum & Cultural Center (1898)
  • Roxy Regional Theatre (1947)
  • Beachaven Vineyards & Winery (1986)
  • Old Glory Distilling
  • Dunbar Cave State Park
  • Miss Lucille’s Marketplace
  • Fort Defiance Civil War Interpretive Center
  • Cumberland RiverWalk
  • Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement
  • Historic Downtown
  • Public Art

Famous Clarksvillians:

Pat Head Summitt, Wilma Rudolph, Frank Sutton

Largest Private Employers and products:

  • LG, washing machines
  • Hankook, performance tires
  • Google, data center operations
  • Trane, commercial air conditioning units
  • Bridgestone, steel cord for radial tires
  • Josten’s, yearbooks
  • Agero, call center operations
  • Convergys, call center operations

Top Annual Events:

  • Christmas on the Cumberland
  • RiverFest
  • Welcome Home Veterans Celebration
  • Valor Run
  • First Thursday ArtWalk
  • Downtown Market
  • Downtown @ Sundown
  • Montgomery County Fair
  • Fort Defiance Surrender Reenactment