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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,553
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens8.9%
Employed Population 16+8,423
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married52.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.8%
Median Earnings25+$40,293
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,582

Wealth

Median Family Income$72,437
% Above Poverty Level91.9%
% Below Poverty Level8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone22.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,034
Median House Value$162,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.2%
English13.4%
Irish12.5%
Italian5.4%
Polish2.7%
Scottish1.9%
Dutch1.6%
Swedish1.6%
Russian1.4%
African1.2%
French Except Basque1%
Norwegian1%
Portuguese0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Hungarian0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Danishn0.3%
German0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Clayton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Johnston County
Standard Zip Codes27520, 27527, 27528
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.64
Approximate Longitude-78.45

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)

StationCLAYTON WTP
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 72 F
Annual Precip45.7 inches
StationRALEIGH STATE UNIV
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp49 to 70 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationRALEIGH DURHAM AP
Distance23.7 miles
Jan Temp30 to 50 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip43 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Garner27,625$71,302
Knightdale13,787$82,550
Raleigh441,326$74,685
Selma6,325$25,417
Smithfield11,746$40,833
Wendell6,298$54,041

Clayton Public Libraries

Hocutt Ellington Memorial Library
100 S CHURCH ST
Clayton, North Carolina
(919) 359-9366

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Clayton Public Schools

Clayton High
600 S Fayetteville St
ZIP: 27520
(919) 553-4064
High
Total Enrollment 1512
Clayton Middle
490 Guy Rd
ZIP: 27520
(919) 553-5811
Middle
Total Enrollment 793
Cleveland Elementary
10225 Cleveland Rd
ZIP: 27520
(919) 550-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 835
Cleveland High
1892 Polenta Rd
ZIP: 27520
(919) 934-2455
High
Total Enrollment 1468
Cooper Elementary
849 North Mial St
ZIP: 27520
(919) 553-0256
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Powhatan Elementary
3145 Vinson Rd
ZIP: 27520
(919) 553-3259
Primary
Total Enrollment 565
West Clayton Elementary
1012 S Lombard St
ZIP: 27520
(919) 553-7113
Primary
Total Enrollment 902
East Clayton Elementary
2075 Nc Highway 42 East
ZIP: 27527
(919) 550-5311
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
River Dell Elementary
12100 Buffalo Road
ZIP: 27527
(919) 553-1977
Primary
Total Enrollment 898
Riverwood Elementary
108 Athletic Club Blvd
ZIP: 27527
(919) 359-6300
Primary
Total Enrollment 837
Riverwood Middle
204 Athletic Club Blvd
ZIP: 27527
(919) 359-2769
Middle
Total Enrollment 1149

Clayton Private Schools

Academy Of Hope
408 Covered Bridge Rd
ZIP: 27520
Secondary
Total Enrollment 5
Southside Christian School
299 Carlton St
ZIP: 27520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 123
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