History, charm and small town values: That’s what you will find in Clarksville, Tennessee, a city located just 50 minutes from Nashville. With a diverse population of 150,287, Clarksville is the fifth largest city in the state, and was recently named “Tennessee’s Best Place to Raise Your Kids.”
Clarksville was founded in 1785 near the junction of the Cumberland and Red Rivers and was named for General George Rogers Clark, a hero in the Revolutionary War. Long known for dark-fired tobacco, Clarksville has seen dramatic economic and population growth. Education and health services, transportation and utilities are contributing the most new jobs to the local economy.
Clarksville is the home of Austin Peay State University and the Leaf-Chronicle, the oldest newspaper in Tennessee, founded in 1808. The U.S. military camp Fort Campbell was established in 1950 and remains a strong force in the local economy and culture of Clarksville.
Residents enjoy many community events, like the award-winning Rivers and Spires Festival, which features music, art and good eats. Jammin' in the Alley and Liberty Live are annual events that showcase live bands from the local area. During the holidays, the city hosts Christmas on the Cumberland, a captivating light show with vendors, carolers and dancers.
Outdoor enthusiasts head to McGregor Park Riverwalk for its waterfront trails and picnic areas. Another popular destination is Dunbar Cave State Park, located close to downtown Clarksville. This eight-mile-long cave is one of the largest caves in the county. Liberty Park and Clarksville Marina feature playgrounds, a fishing pond, trails, a dog park, athletic fields and an event center.
If you love the arts, check out the Downtown Artists Co-op, which promotes the visual artists in the county. The co-op sponsors events that include Art in the Streets, with free food, drinks and music at night. The Roxy Regional Theater thrills audiences with live shows that feature Broadway musicals, Shakespearean dramas, jazz, classical music and more.
For some retail therapy, head on over to the Governor’s Square Mall for a little shopping at all of your favorite stores, and for a night out head over to the downtown Blackhorse Pub and Brewery. Foodies will enjoy the city's array of restaurants, which include Indian, Japanese and Mexican, plus some good old Southern comfort eateries.
The median home value of real estate in Clarksville is $152,900, with many popular neighborhoods on the east side of the city.
If you are looking for a friendly and affordable Southern city, Clarksville could be the perfect place for you.