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Census Data for Clarksville ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Clarksville a population of 1,172 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Clarksville a population of 1,139 people.

The town of Clarksville is located in Mecklenburg County. The 2010 Census gave Mecklenburg County; a population of 32,727 people. This means that Clarksville had 3.48% of the county's total population, making it Mecklenburg's 3rd most populous community.

At the same time, Virginia had a population of 8,001,024 people, meaning that Clarksville had 0.01% of the total population of Virginia - making it the state's 131st most populous community.

Area ...

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Clarksville has a total area of 1.99 square miles [5.2 km²]. Of this total, 1.96 square miles [5.1 km²] is land, with the balance (1.61%) being water (0.03 square miles [0.1 km²]).

Mecklenburg County has a land area of 625 square miles [1,620 km²]. At 1.96 square miles [5.1 km²], Clarksville has 0.31% of the county's total land area.

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    • When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a town like Clarksville, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the town.
    • Things like population, area and housing for Clarksville reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Clarksville might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
    • Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
    • Lat:   36° 37' 7"   (or 36.62°)
    • Lon:   -78° 33' 51"   (or -78.56°)
    • More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Clarksville had 768 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,139 people, this averages 1.48 people per Housing Unit.

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    • The 2010 Census shows Clarksville had a land area of 1.96 square miles [5.1 km²]. This translates to 385.5 Housing Units per square mile [148.9 housing units/km²].
    • From the Census of 2000: Clarksville had 753 Housing Units, a population of 1,329 people and a land area of 1.98 square miles [5.1 km²]. This gives a density of 1.76 people per Housing Unit and 375 Housing Units per square mile [144.8 housing units/km²].
    • Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Clarksville and you need to be careful when comparing numbers between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Mecklenburg County ...

The community of Clarksville is primarily located in Mecklenburg County<4>. A portion of Clarksville extends into Halifax County.

The county had a population of 32,727 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,139 people, Clarksville represented 3.48% of the county's total.

In addition, where the town of Clarksville has a population density of 571 people per square mile [220.8 people/km²], Mecklenburg County averages 52.3 people per square mile [20.2 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Mecklenburg County.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Clarksville, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Clarksville. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.

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    • Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Clarksville or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
    • If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Clarksville, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Clarksville.

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    • For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
    • Lat:   36.618779°   (or 36°37'7" N)
    • Lon:   -78.564367°   (or -78°33'51" W)
    • For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
    • Lat:   36.622171°   (or 36°37'19" N)
    • Lon:   -78.562230°   (or -78°33'44" W)
    • The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,385 feet to the southwest<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
    • The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2390797) to Clarksville. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Clarksville. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
    • Lat:   36.619982°   (or 36°37'11" N)
    • Lon:   -78.565200°   (or -78°33'54" W)
    • The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 501 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Clarksville. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Clarksville.

Miscellaneous Information for Clarksville ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Mecklenburg County or the town of Clarksville:

  • The GNIS Codes ...
    • The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Clarksville:
    • GNIS ID for Clarksville: 2390797
    • GNIS ID for Mecklenburg County: 1500747
    • GNIS ID for State of Virginia: 1779803
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Clarksville is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #5 (the South Atlantic Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Clarksville.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Virginia

About Mecklenburg County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clarksville. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Virginia:

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.
<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.
<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).
<4>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Mecklenburg, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 153 degrees and a distance of 1,385 feet.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 209 degrees and a distance of 501 feet.






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