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Overview

Introduction to Clayton, North Carolina

Clayton, North Carolina is 13 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is in Johnston County. The town is part of the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area.

Clayton History

Clayton was established around 1770 by Governor Tryon's troops. The North Carolina Railroad entered the town in the late 1800s, and following the arrival of the railroad, the area became known as "Stallings' Station." Later, in 1869, it was incorporated as the Town of Clayton. The community, which was named after Senator John Clayton, became a major market for tobacco, cotton, and watermelons in the early 20th century.

Clayton and Nearby Attractions

  • North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
  • State Capitol
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • William B. Umstead State Park

Things To Do In Clayton

The Clayton Village Shopping Center is a popular shopping spot in the town. Playspace Children's Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, and North Carolina Museum of History showcase artifacts which reflect the area's history, culture, and arts. William B. Umstead State Park, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, and J.C. Raulston Arboretum are other popular attractions in the area. The town also hosts the Harvest Festival in September every year.

Clayton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Raleigh - Durham International Airport.

Clayton Higher Education

Colleges near Clayton are Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and Shaw University.

People

Total Population 17,869
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 8,296
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.6%
Median Earnings25+ $40,727
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,212
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,465

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,060
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,020
Median House Value $157,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.3%
US/American 0%
English 12%
Irish 13.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Clayton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Johnston
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27520, 27527, 27528
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.65
Longitude -78.456

Clayton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station CLAYTON WTP
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Station RALEIGH STATE UNIV
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Station RALEIGH DURHAM AP
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Clayton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Archers Lodge (27520)

Whitley Heights (27520)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Garner 27,160 $68,185
Knightdale 13,243 $80,204
Raleigh 432,520 $70,061
Selma 6,220 $23,709
Smithfield 11,562 $38,315
Wendell 6,169 $51,444

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Clayton High Schools

CLAYTON HIGH
600 S FAYETTEVILLE ST
919-553-4064
Serves 1,456 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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