Clarksville, Tennessee

Clarksville: The second most populous city in Tennessee. It is located on the Cumberland River in western Tennessee. Clarksville is known for its many military bases, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Fort Campbell National Cemetery and the Clarksville Museum.


Clarksville is a city located in the county of Montgomery in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Its population at the 2010 census was 132,929 and a population density of 519 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 161,247 inhabitants.

The city was created 239 years ago in 1784.

Clarksville is a city situated along the Cumberland River in northwest Tennessee. With over 160,000 residents, it’s the fifth-largest city in Tennessee. Clarksville is located about 40 miles northwest of Nashville.


The area was first settled by European Americans in the late 18th century. In 1785, settlers established the town of Clarksville, named after General George Rogers Clark. Early growth was fueled by tobacco farming and the Cumberland River location.

Clarksville was officially incorporated as a city in 1819. During the Civil War, the city was a strategic Confederate stronghold until being taken by Union forces in 1862.

Importance of Fort Campbell

In 1942, the U.S. Army established Fort Campbell on the Tennessee-Kentucky border near Clarksville. Today, the massive 101,000 acre base is home to the 101st Airborne Division.

Fort Campbell has fueled economic and population growth in Clarksville. Many officers settle their families in Clarksville.

Local Attractions

Some top attractions and features of Clarksville include:

  • The Riverwalk along the Cumberland River
  • Historic Downtown Clarksville with shops and restaurants
  • Austin Peay State University - a four-year public university
  • The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center
  • Dunbar Cave State Park with hiking trails and cave tours

Clarksville is an historic city strategically located along the Cumberland River that serves as a residential and commercial hub for nearby Fort Campbell Army Base. The city provides a friendly small town atmosphere in northwest Tennessee.

Clarksville locator map
Location of Clarksville on Tennessee map.

Quick Facts about Clarksville

Population : 161,247 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Tennessee (United States)
County : Montgomery County
Postal code : 37040–37044
Phone Area Codes : 931
Area : 256.28 km2
Altitude : 509 feet / 155 meters
Capital city : Clarksville is capital of Montgomery County
Establishment : January 01, 1785 (239 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 01:36:09 (13th April 2024)
Density : 629 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 17.56% (2010-2020)
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Clarksville TN
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Clarksville is located at 36°31'47"N 87°21'34"W (36.5297700, -87.3594500).

Clarksville map


The population of Clarksville increased by 17.56% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 132,929 - census
2011 136,104 2.33% estimation process
2012 142,652 4.59% estimation process
2013 142,281 -0.26% estimation process
2014 145,899 2.48% estimation process
2015 148,147 1.52% estimation process
2016 149,162 0.68% estimation process
2017 152,917 2.46% estimation process
2018 156,376 2.21% estimation process
2019 158,146 1.12% estimation process
2020 161,247 1.92% estimation process

Clarksville zip code is 37040. County name: Montgomery, County fips: 47125

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People born in Clarksville (57)

People born in Clarksville, including actress Dorothy Jordan, basketball player and coach Pat Summitt, politician Anthony A.C. Rogers, .


  • Clarence Cameron White (American composer) he was born in 10/08/1880
  • Doug Wamble (American musician) he was born in 22/10/1972
  • Ernest William Goodpasture (American pathologist and physician) he was born in 17/10/1886
  • Phil Roe (Former U.S. Representative from Tennessee) he was born in 21/07/1945
  • James "Stump" Johnson (American blues pianist and singer) he was born in 17/01/1902
  • Frank Sutton (American actor (1923-1974)) he was born in 23/10/1923
  • Trenton Hassell (American basketball player) he was born in 04/03/1979
  • Dawn Evans (American basketball player) she was born in 30/06/1989
  • Helen Wood (American actress (1917-1988)) she was born in 04/06/1917
  • Mason Rudolph (professional golfer) he was born in 23/05/1934
  • Allan L. Drash (American endocrinologist) he was born in 13/08/1931
  • Biren Ealy (American football player) he was born in 07/07/1984
  • Bronson Heflin (American baseball player) he was born in 29/08/1971
  • Evelyn Scott (American novelist, playwright) she was born in 17/01/1893
  • Chantae McMillan (athletics competitor) she was born in 01/05/1988
  • Mark Day (American racing driver) he was born in 21/09/1961
  • Morgan Welles Brown (United States federal judge) he was born in 01/01/1800
  • Onrea Jones (American football player) he was born in 22/12/1983

Schools in Clarksville

College & universities near Clarksville, TN

Code Name City ZIP
219602 Austin Peay State University Clarksville (TN) 37044
219851 Austin's Beauty College Inc Clarksville (TN) 37040-1121
368443 Hussian College-Daymar College Clarksville Clarksville (TN) 37040
376677 Queen City College Clarksville (TN) 37042
418889 North Central Institute Clarksville (TN) 37042

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near Clarksville, TN

Code Name Address Type
CRK Clarksville, TN 11 Jefferson Street \r\n BUS
NVL Nashville, TN 705 5th Avenue South BUS
MDV Madisonville, KY 4765 Hanson Road BUS

Post offices near Clarksville

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Clarksvill Post Office Clarksville (TN) 37040
Clarksvill Post Office Clarksville (TN) 37040
Hilldal Post Office Clarksville (TN) 37043
Ringgold Mill Post Office Clarksville (TN) 37042
Woodlawn Post Office Woodlawn (TN) 37191

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Distance to Other Cities

Clarksville distances to largest Tennessee cities