Clarksville (Arkansas)

Johnson County


Clarksville is the county seat ( county seat ) of the Johnson County in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Arkansas. According to the last census in 2000, the city had 7719 inhabitants. Its area is 48.6 km ².

The Presbyterian Church of the United States maintains in Clarksville the private University of the Ozarks.

The ten-part documentary "Off to War" tells the story of a pioneer National Guard unit from Clarksville from conscription in Iraq until their return.


Clarksville is located in the central northwestern Arkansas, in the south of Johnson County, on Spadra Creek, north of the Arkansas River.


Clarksville was founded in November 1836, after the Johnson County was established. The first trial was held in 1837 in a private house. On December 21, 1848 Clarksville received the Local Self-Government.

The first settlers began the production of tobacco, but most later planted cotton. 1840, the first coal mines were opened after the end of the Civil War were no longer viable yet.

Augustus M. Ward built a school for the blind in 1849 and 1851 a public school was opened in place of the University of the Ozarks stands today.


Data obtained from the census in 2000 7.719 residents of Clarksville lived in 2,960 households; among them were 1,918 families. The population density was 166 per km ². In place of 3,240 residential units were recorded. Among the population was 87.6 % White, 3.5% African American, 0.4% American Indian, 0.5 % Asian and 6.2% of other ethnic groups; 1.9 % reported belonging to several ethnic groups.

Among the 2,960 households 30.6 % had children under the age of 18; 30.0% were single-person households. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size 3.01.

The population was spread out with 23.9 % under the age of 18, 12.5 % from 18 to 24, 27.3 % 25-44 years, 20.0 % from 45 to 64 years and 16.3 % of 65 years or older. The median age was 35 years.

The median household income was $ 24,548, the median family income $ 30,758. The per capita income in Clarksville was $ 16,305. Under the poverty line lived 20.3 % of the population.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Thomas Boles, politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Jazz Musicians
  • Charles C. Reid, politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Paul Stewart, politician and member of the House of Representatives