Clayton, located in Johnston County (with a small portion that extends into Wake County), is a southeastern suburb of Raleigh that is growing very rapidly. With a current population of over 20,000 residents, many homeowners in the Triangle are looking to Clayton as an option for more affordable housing, as home prices continue to rise in Raleigh and the surrounding suburbs, such as Wake Forest and Cary. According to US Census estimates, the population of Clayton has grown by 35% in the past five years, due to a combination of housing costs, good schools and overall small-town charm with plenty of attractions.
The median home cost in Clayton is much lower than other towns, like Wake Forest and Cary, which means homeowners are able to get a better value and larger home than if they would have purchased closer to Raleigh or the Research Triangle Park. However, homes in Clayton, like the rest of the Triangle, are appreciating in value very quickly, especially as more new homes and businesses are continuing to be built in the near future.
The schools in Clayton are part of the Johnston County School District, and many of them are highly-ranked and well-loved by parents in the district. Since the schools are under the administration of Johnston County, the district is much smaller in size than the neighboring Wake County Public School System. Many parents feel that there is a more personalized educational experience for students here that is void of a lot of the red tape in neighboring Wake County schools.
There are a surprising number of things to do in Clayton. The Clayton Center is a performing arts venue that functions mainly as a concert venue, but is also available for weddings and conferences. Deep River Brewing Company is Johnston County’s first legal brewery and has some tasty brews, while also hosting trivia night, a run club, and food trucks throughout the week. Nearby is whiskey and cocktail lounge Revival 1869 that features live jazz acts from near and far for an unique nightlife experience. Families that enjoy the outdoors will undoubtedly want to head to Clemmons Educational State Forest, which offers classes from park rangers about the terrain and outdoor educational workshops in addition to picnic areas and hiking trails. Check out the mom and pop shops in the historic downtown district, which is continually being preserved and updated.
Clayton is the perfect place to settle if you prefer a small town with easy access to the city. With favorable home prices, great schools, and a lot of things to do, it is no wonder that Clayton has become one of the fastest growing towns in the Triangle.
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