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Clarkston, GA

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Known as “the most diverse square mile in America,” the City of Clarkston has strong influences from from cultures all over the world. It became part of the refugee asylum program in the 1990s and now over a third of the 13,500 population is from outside the United States. With convenient access to public transportation, Georgia Perimeter College in the city limits, and only 12 miles east of Atlanta, it is a great location for new residents.

Quick History

The City of Clarkston was originally chartered in 1882. Due to a number of goats owned by several Clarkstonians, visitors began referring to the area as “Goatsville” and “Angora Heights” around the turn of the century. They were of the Angora variety and grazed openly in the town, often having to be run out of public buildings, businesses, and school houses. Even today, the Clarkston High School mascot is an Angora Goat in reference to the past goat tales.

Can't Miss

The Clarkston Culture Fest is a yearly event that takes place in the spring that celebrates everything that makes Clarkston great. With diverse people and cultures all coming together to appreciate one another’s food, music, languages, and activities. Attendees are encouraged to embrace the festival’s theme; Educate, Appreciate, Celebrate.

Hot Spots

  • Have some lunch at Merhaba Shawarma
  • Enjoy the weather at Montreal Park
  • Grab a cup of joe at Refuge Coffee