Introduction to Clayton, New Jersey

Clayton, New Jersey is 12 miles N of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center) and 20 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located in Gloucester County, the population of the town is 7,139.

Clayton History

The area which is now known as Clayton, was initially created as Clayton Township. It was formed from parts of the Franklin Township, on February 5th, 1858. Parts of Clayton Township were used to create Glassboro Township on March 11th, 1878. By an Act of the New Jersey Legislature, Clayton was officially formed as a borough from parts of Clayton Township, on May 9th, 1887. The remaining part of the township was taken over on April 14th, 1908 by the Borough of Clayton, which led to the township's dissolution.

Clayton and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village
  • Parvin State Park
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • New Jersey State Aquarium
  • Heritage Glass Museum
  • Camden Children's Garden

Things To Do In Clayton

There are numerous historical sites, such as Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation, John Wanamaker House, Gloria Dei Church National Historical Site, and Fort Mifflin near Clayton. Local churches include Saint Catherine’s Church and Saint Paul’s Church. Other places of interest nearby include the New Jersey State Aquarium, the Camden Children’s Garden, and the Adventure Aquarium. Museums such as the American Swedish Historical Museum, Garden State Discovery Museum and the Salem County Historical Society Museum, display artifacts depicting the historical background of the area.

Clayton Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport is nearby.

Clayton Higher Education

Colleges close to Clayton include Rowan University, Gloucester County College, and Community College of Philadelphia.


Total Population 8,225
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,512
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 50.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20%
Median Earnings25+ $46,928
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,893
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,057


Median Family Income $70,078
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 15.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,087
Median House Value $179,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0%
English 13.7%
Irish 22.7%

Clayton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles N of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
County Gloucester
Standard Zip Codes 08312
Phone Area Codes 856
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.66
Longitude -75.092

Clayton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 41 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 67 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 47.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elmer 1,375 $75,313
Glassboro 18,798 $85,402
Newfield 1,681 $81,429
Pitman 8,959 $86,853
Pittsgrove 9,287 $80,850
Turnersville 3,506 $111,607
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Serves 324 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

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