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City of the Village of Clarkston
—  City  —
Location of Clarkston, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°44′01″N 83°25′08″W / 42.73361°N 83.41889°W / 42.73361; -83.41889
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Settled 1830
Incorporated 1884[1] (village)
 - Total 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 - Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)  9.80%
Population (2000)
 - Total 962
 Density 2,106.0/sq mi (807.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48346
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-82450[2]
GNIS feature ID 623384[3]

Clarkston, known officially by the name City of the Village of Clarkston, is a small city located within Independence Charter Township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 962 at the 2000 census.



Clarkston is a small bedroom community in the northern Detroit suburbs. Located with easy access to I-75, Clarkston offers a direct route to downtown Detroit and other urban areas.

The jurisdiction of the city government is limited to a relatively small downtown area commonly referred to as "the village". There is one great glass elevator in the village of Clarkston spanning two stories. Those living in the much larger surrounding area of Independence Township refer to themselves as living in Clarkston. Very few residents describe themselves as living in Independence Township. The township and city both use Clarkston as a mailing address, and are served by Clarkston Community Schools.

The township is home to DTE Energy Music Theater, Pine Knob Ski Resort, Clarkston High School and Everest Catholic Schools.

In September 2008, the pilot episode for the new HBO show "Hung" was shot at Clarkston Junior High School, located in down town Clarkston. The show revolves around a basketball coach. HBO paid students of the high school to be extras in scenes where they were fans in the crowd of a basketball game.

Public Schools

The schools in the Clarkston Community School District are:

  • Clarkston High School
  • OSMTech Academy
  • Oakland Technical Center - Northwest Campus
  • Clarkston Junior High School
  • Sashabaw Middle School
  • Andersonville Elementary School
  • Bailey Lake Elementary School
  • Clarkston Elementary School
  • Independence Elementary School
  • North Sashabaw Elementary School
  • Pine Knob Elementary School
  • Springfield Plains Elementary School
  • Clarkston Early Childhood Center

Private Schools

The private schools in Clarkston are:


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 962 people, 406 households, and 265 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,106.0 per square mile (807.5/km²). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 928.2/sq mi (355.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.31% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 406 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,667, and the median income for a family was $90,189. Males had a median income of $66,250 versus $37,604 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,838. About 2.2% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

  • Actress Valerie Bertinelli, married to Louis Grech-Cumbo
  • Musician Kid Rock
  • Detroit Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson
  • Clarkston was the summer retreat for Henry Ford where he maintained a summer home and weekend cottage on Main Street.[citation needed] The building still stands today. Ford also owned a mill which operated on the water from what is now called "Mill Pond" in Clarkston. This building still exists in part but has been modernized into a small mall which includes art galleries and office space. He also paid to have the original city sewer system built.


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