Located about 40 miles northwest of Nashville, Clarksville, Tennessee is a city of about 125,000 people. It sits at the confluence of the Red River and the Cumberland River. Clarksville has four distinct seasons and the temperatures are mild. It gets an average of 48 inches of rain a year. Clarksville is the ninth fastest growing city in the nation, and anyone thinking of moving there will enjoy its mix of big city amenities with the small-town feel of a quiet southern town. Those moving to Clarksville will discover an exciting city.
The average household income for Clarksville is higher than the state average. Clarksville enjoys a cost of living that is a lot lower than the national average. Unemployment is lower than the national average (currently 8.8 percent). The city has a good industrial and business base, with some of the major employers being Trane, Convergys Corp., The Robert Bosch Corp. and American Standard.
The area around Clarksville was first surveyed in 1768. Settlers began to arrive in 1779. Following the Revolutionary War, the area was designated as a place that could be settled by the soldiers from the continental army after it was disbanded. In 1784, notice was filed to create the town, which was named after General George Robert Clark. Tobacco became a major crop in the area. After the Civil War, the area grew steadily. An army base, Fort Campbell was built there in 1942.
Clarksville is a city filled with historical museums, beautiful scenery and wonderful things to do. No visit there would be complete without a visit to the Cumberland River Walk and Promenade that includes outdoor concerts, boating, fishing, and a festival in the fall. Museums include the Customs House Museum, the Don F. Pratt Museum, Emerald Hill Mansion, The Montgomery County Courthouse built in 1876 and the Smith Trahern Mansion. One and a half miles from Clarksville is the Dunbar Cave State Park. Although tours of the cave are not running, the area is used for fishing, hiking and picnics. You can rock climb at King's Bluff. There is auto racing at the Clarksville Speedway.