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Clayton, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Location of Clayton, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°38′50″N 78°27′29″W / 35.64722°N 78.45806°W / 35.64722; -78.45806
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Johnston, Wake
 - Total 10.3 sq mi (14.0 km2)
 - Land 10.3 sq mi (14.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 341 ft (104 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 13,842
 - Density 12,926.4/sq mi (899.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27520, 27527
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-12860[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019689[2]

Clayton is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. A very small portion of the town extends into Wake County. The population was 6,973 at the 2000 census. In 2007, the estimated population was 13,842.[1] Much of that growth can be attributed to the town's close proximity to the Research Triangle area and access to major highways such as I-40, U.S. 70, and NC 42.

In 2006, construction began on the Highway 70 Clayton Bypass, a 10.5 mile stretch from Interstate 40 along the southern portion of Clayton to highway 70 business in Smithfield. It was completed in June 2008.

The Town Hall is located at 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton. The Town Hall complex is shared with The Clayton Center Auditorium and Conference Center.



Clayton is located at 35°38′50″N 78°27′29″W / 35.64722°N 78.45806°W / 35.64722; -78.45806 (35.647165, -78.458069).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.3 square miles (14.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,973 people, 2,768 households, and 1,929 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,292.4 people per square mile (498.6/km²). There were 3,006 housing units at an average density of 557.1/sq mi (214.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 40.00% White, 49.96% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 6.31% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.08% of the population.

There were 2,768 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $44,750, and the median income for a family was $52,551. Males had a median income of $35,857 versus $26,384 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,332. About 6.9% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

The growth of Clayton is one of the fastest in the state. Flowers Plantation, located 2.5 miles northeast of Clayton's city limits, will bring almost 2,000 homes, apartments, and condos to the area. Riverwood development, a community of 1,500, was recently annexed by Clayton. Another large development being built in the area will bring in approximately 3,000 homes and businesses. Clayton's population is expected to increase to more than 26,000 by 2010.


  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Cooper Elementary School
  • East Clayton Elementary School
  • Powhatan Elementary School
  • River Dell Elementary School
  • Riverwood Elementary School
  • West Clayton Elementary School
  • Clayton Middle School
  • Riverwood Middle School
  • Clayton High School

Plane Crash

On September 21, 2007, a single-engine plane crashed into McCall's BBQ and Seafood Restaurant on U.S. 70, killing the pilot. The crash occurred at 10 AM, about an hour before the establishment was to open for the lunch crowd. [2]

Important Events

During the Civil War, the mayor of Raleigh met W. T. Sherman near the town of Clayton. The mayor surrendered the city of Raleigh to Sherman.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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