The second largest town in Johnston County, Clayton offers a thriving community on the southeast side of the Triangle area. Located only 20 miles from the capital city of Raleigh and minutes from other Wake County areas, it has become a popular suburb for families seeking a smaller, close-knit community near larger city conveniences. In fact, the small town has seen a 150 percent increase in population growth since 2000.
Previously recognized by Business Week as one of the Top 10 Places for Families to Live and assure quality education for their children, Clayton maintains a strong focus on developing a comfortable, family-friendly setting amid affordable homes to offer a good quality of life. Learn more about what life is like in Clayton.
Development plans for the growing town are underway with new residential communities, recreational and employment opportunities leading the charge. Accessibility is also a main focus as the town continues to draw interest from regional and national retailers and grocers as commercial areas expand to meet residents’ demand. Clayton is well poised to meet the wants and needs of growing families seeking a prospering place to live in the Triangle area.
The town’s charming downtown has undergone revitalization and is now ripe with locally owned small businesses and restaurants. Host to a variety of seasonal celebrations, summer concerts, movie nights, and the Clayton Shindig—a beer, music and barbeque festival, the downtown area is always a buzz. Another favorite downtown draw is the well-known, 600-seat Clayton Center Performing Arts venue that merges cultural exhibits and live performances to engage audiences of all ages.
The Clemmons Educational State Forest is a great public amenity offering walking trails, picnic facilities, self-guided tours and ranger led educational programs for local students and youth clubs.
Located in the heart of downtown Clayton, this auditorium and conference center is a popular music, event, and entertainment venue.
This 32,000 square-foot Clayton Community Center includes an indoor walking track, classrooms and large gymnasium.
One of three golf courses in Clayton, the semi-private Riverwood Golf & Athletic Club provides its members with a 27-hole course, tournaments and clinics.