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CLAYTON, NC COMMUNITY GUIDE Life in Clayton, North Carolina

Discover Why Clayton is a Great Place to Call Home

Considered a satellite community of Raleigh, Clayton offers interested buyers an intimate home life with plenty of amenities within a short drive. This community, which had a population of 16,116 as of the 2010 Census, is mostly located in Johnston County, although a very small portion also extends into Wake County. Originally founded in the 1800s, this community can attribute a lot of its recent growth to the town’s close proximity to Research Triangle Park as well as major thoroughfares like I-40 and US 70.



A History of Excellence

This community was built on a road cut that was established by Governor Tryon’s troops around 1770 as they marched North from New Bern to Hillsborough. About a century later, a railroad came through the area that that’s when the community got its first name: Stallings’ Station. That community was officially changed three years later to become Clayton. It was incorporated in 1869. The town prospered thanks to its location by the railroad and continued to grow over the decades. By the early 1900s, it was a hub for cotton, watermelons and tobacco. In fact, one newspaper in 1907 reported that Clayton had more money per capita than any city its size in the world. But the town lost its financial footing during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It wasn’t until the 1970s when the town started establishing itself as an industrial base that growth started taking hold again.


A Great Place To Live In Today’s Market – Johnston County

Today, the community of Johnston County is a great place to call home. After all, not only are there some incredible neighborhood communities located here but there are also a lot of local amenities that make the quality of life excellent. For instance, the Clayton Center Auditorium and Conference Center is located here, which is great for community gatherings. What’s more, Clayton has a healthy job market. For instance, manufacturers like Caterpillar and bio-pharmaceutical companies like Grifols and Novo Nordisk are huge local employers.


Homes For Sale in Clayton

Take a look at available Clayton real estate below, and see which home best fits your needs. Contact us to tour a home or if you have any questions about home buying or home selling.


Neighborhoods in Clayton and the Surrounding Area


Clayton Interactive Community Guide


Clayton Schools Will Impress You

When you live in Clayton, you can rest assured that your children will receive an excellent education through the Johnston County Public Schools system.

Some of the specific schools that serve this community are:

  • Archer Lodge Middle School
  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Cleveland Middle School
  • Cleveland High School
  • Cooper Elementary School
  • Corinth Holders High 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
  • West Johnston High School


What Are You Waiting For? Move to Clayton Today!

If you agree that Clayton sounds like an excellent community, please contact me, Jim Allen, and my team of Johnston County real estate experts today.

We would love the opportunity to assist you by answering any questions you may have and offering you some valuable home buying resources. We’ll also tell you about available listings on this market.


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