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Clarkston, Ga., Is Small In Stature But Big On Diversity

Clarkston City Hall in DeKalb County is known for its diverse population. It was a refugee resettlement town in the 1990s. By 2000 half of its residents came from outside the U.S.
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Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry describes the town's diverse population, economic development and more in an interview on “A Closer Look.”

Though the size of Clarkston, Georgia, is just a little over a mile, the city boasts one of the most diverse communities in metro Atlanta.

During the 1990s, refugee asylum programs identified the small DeKalb County city as an ideal place to resettle the new immigrants in the United States.

Since then Clarkston has become known for its diversity – residents from more than 50 nations now call the tiny enclave home.

The town’s diversity is something the city is proud of, according to Mayor Ted Terry.

Terry, who was elected to office in 2013, posted his vision for Clarkston on the city’s website. “Together, with your support we’ll build a Clarkston that is safer, greener, and more prosperous. We’ll create a community that celebrates our youth, opening doors for their futures. And together, we’ll create a Clarkston that our residents will be proud to call home.”

Terry joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “A Closer Look” to discuss the impact of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, his town’s diversity, economic development, and more.