Clayton, North Carolina
"The Premier Community for Active Families"
|• Mayor||Jody McLeod|
|• Total||15.16 sq mi (39.27 km2)|
|• Land||15.14 sq mi (39.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)|
|Elevation||341 ft (104 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,643.68/sq mi (634.63/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1019689|
Clayton is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States, and is considered a satellite town of Raleigh. As of 2010, Clayton's population was 16,116, up from 6,973 at the 2000 census. By 2019 the town's estimated population was 24,887. Much of that growth can be attributed to the town's proximity to the Research Triangle area and access to major highways such as I-40 and US 70.
The Clayton Banking Company Building, Clayton Graded School and Clayton Grammar School-Municipal Auditorium, Clayton Historic District, Cleveland School, Ellington-Ellis Farm, Walter R. and Eliza Smith Moore House, Sanders-Hairr House, and Stallings-Carpenter House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Clayton is in northern Johnston County, with a small portion extending northwest along US 70 Business into Wake County. In 2006, construction began on the Highway 70 Clayton Bypass, a 10.5-mile (16.9 km) stretch from Interstate 40 along the southern portion of Clayton to Highway 70 business southeast of town. It was completed in June 2008. US 70 leads southeast 13 miles (21 km) to Interstate 95 at Smithfield. Downtown Raleigh is 16 miles (26 km) northwest of Clayton via US 70 Business and Interstate 40. Many local unincorporated communities outside of the town limits use Clayton mailing addresses, including Cleveland, Powhatan, and Flowers.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of the 2010 census the town had an area of 13.53 square miles (35.05 km2), of which 13.51 square miles (34.99 km2) were land and 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.16%, were water. The town is part of the Neuse River watershed. The town limits now extend northeast to the Neuse River and beyond.
Town Hall is located at 111 East Second Street and is shared with The Clayton Center, a performing arts and conference center.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||6,097||23.18%|
|Hispanic or Latino||3,756||14.28%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 26,307 people, 7,488 households, and 5,294 families residing in the town.
As of the 2010 census, there were 16,116 residents living within the Town of Clayton. There were 5,944 households, with an average of 2.57 persons per household. The population density was 1,192.8 inhabitants per square mile (460.5/km2) with an inventory of 6,648 housing units at an average density of 492 per square mile (190/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 69.5% White, 21.8% African American, 10.7% Hispanic or Latino 0.4% American Indian, 1.4% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander.
Of the 5,944 households in the 2010 census, 44% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30% were non-families. 25.4% of non-family households were made up of householders living alone. 16.3% of households had individuals 65 years of age or older.
The age demographics of the 2010 census determined that 32.9% were under the age of 19, 4.9% were aged 20 to 24, 32.8% aged 25 to 44, 20.8% aged 45 to 64, and 8.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.9 years. Females made up 52.5% of the population while males made up 47.5% of the population.
The median income for a household in the town was $53,101, and the median income for a family was $64,856. Males had a median income of $46,108 versus $40,839 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,234. These figures put Town of Clayton well ahead of the North Carolina averages for the same categories.
|Name||Office||Term start||Term end||Reference|
|Jody McLeod||Mayor||December 2003||2023|||
|Jason Thompson||Mayor Pro Tem||Councilman since December 2011, Mayor Pro Tem 2019 to present||2023|||
|Avery Everett||Councilman||December 2019||2023|||
|Michael Sims||Councilman||December 2021||2025|
|Andria Archer||Councilwoman||December 2021||2025|
|Porter Casey||Councilman||December 2021||2025|