Clayton is “an active city”

Clayton is in Johnston County,  North Carolina. The town’s population is 17,869.  The Raleigh-Durham area, which includes Clayton is considered one of the fastest growing parts of North Carolina.

  • Population: 17,869
  • Median Age: 36
  • Median Household Income: $58,837
  • Poverty Rate:  7%
  • Number of Employees: 8,566
  • Median Property Value: $157,900

Clayton has a great quality of life, both rural and modern.

Clayton has a lot to offer of what people want in their lives.  Clayton is a growing modern town with a wholesome rural feel. Clayton has farms  growing corn, cotton and tobacco.  As well as family friendly pick your own  farms.  While Clayton may have a slightly slower pace of life, all the amenities of a vibrant urban area are near.

Clayton is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clayton’s Historic District has both businesses and beautiful historic homes. historic district is home to many unique businesses. When they shut for the night,  sports bring Clayton families downtown for baseball, basketball, and skating. eery played here before winning American Idol.

Work in Clayton, home of  many biotechnology companies.

Clayton may feel like a small rural town, but it is a cutting edge community.

The recent announcement that Novo Nordisk would be adding to their current facility with the construction of a $1.85 billionmanufacturing facility. When completed the plant will employ over 700 workers with an average salary of close to $70,000. This is part of the growing trend of biotechnology companies operating in Johnston County with Grifols also expanding their plant adding an additional 250 workers to its existing workforce of around 1600 employees.

With the expansion of the biotech industry  Johnston County and NC State University recently opened  a Research Training Zone,  which includes a Workforce Development Center that provides skill training for current and future employees in this line of work.

Clayton benefits from being in the Triangle, with that bring excellent employment opportunities. Top employers in the region include IBM Corporation, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, SAS Institute Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., BASF Corporation, Biogen Idec Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.

Over 40,000 people in the region work at the world renowned  Research Triangle Park (RTP). RTP is affiliated with the region’s three world-class  universities – Duke University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University – and is home to notable institutions like the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. RTP is credited with fueling roughly 1,800 startups since the 1970s.

Clayton is ideally located for commuters.

Whether you commute locally or travel for a living, the location of Clayton to the airport makes commuting easy. Clayton is 30 miles  to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The Research Triangle Park is less than 35 miles away.

Education matters in Clayton.

Not only is the area home to 3 of the top universities in the state, if not the country. Johnston County Schools are some of the top in the nation, and an excellent reason to make the move. Clayton is home to top public, charter and private schools. If you’re looking for a great education, it’s hard to beat the schools offered in Clayton.

Neighborhoods in Clayton  Clayton is popular  place to buy a homes because of the value for money and the selection of homes. Home prices are going up as more and more people decide that moving to Clayton is a smart move.

There are lots of different subdivisions from large planned developments such as Flowers Plantation and Riverwood Athletic Club to smaller ones like Heritage, Taft Woods East and in between places like Glen Laurel a golf community built around the Neuse Golf Course or the equestrian community in Portofino.

Weather in Clayton

People love the weather in Clayton. If you are moving from the cold weather of the Northeast or the heat of the South you will love the weather in Clayton. Clayton has every season,  Winter is going to be much less harsh than New England. While summer may seem hot to the northerners you won’t experience the heat that you get in Florida or the Southeast.

It doesn’t snow often in Clayton, and if you miss the snow, the mountains are not far away. The great news is that the beach is near too.  Clayton is ideally located for the weather and for quick getaways.

Keeping active in Clayton.

The Town of Clayton prides itself on promoting and supporting an active lifestyle. The town has recently expanded the walking trails along the Neuse River to include the Sam’s Branch Greenway which is a 1.25 mile paved walking and biking trail. This connects to the Clayton Riverwalk on the Neuse a 4 mile greenway that in turn connects to the Wake County Greenway System. The newest park the East Clayton Community Park offers a picnic pavilion, soccer fields, multi purpose playing fields, a baseball field, and a one mile trail. There is also an  8 mile mountain bike trail  at Legend Park.

Did you know?


  • The town was originally called Stallings’ Station
  • Historic Horne Square was named for the Horne Mansion
  • Clayton was the Wealthiest city for its size. April 22, 1907. The headline read, “Clayton, North Carolina. The Wealthiest City for its Size in the World.”

About the Region.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary metro areas of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of “The Triangle” originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, four miles from downtown Durham. RTP is bordered on three sides by the city of Durham and is roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the three major research universities of NC State University, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.