- According to the US Census Bureau, the 2010 population of Clayton stands
at 16,116, which represented a 131.1% growth rate since 2000.
- Clayton is one of the fastest growing towns in one of North Carolina's fastest growing counties
- The Clayton Center, located in the heart of downtown, has become a premier
cultural, performing arts, and conference center in the region.
- Clayton offers a small-town atmosphere, coupling an attractive mix of surburban
and rural living.
- Clayton area schools are ranked among the top in the state.
- The most recent Demographic Information (2006) shows 1,097
companies doing business in Clayton and employing nearly 11,165 people.
- Clayton Chamber of Commerce
Newcomers to Clayton will find a variety of housing communities to visit when
searching for a home. Clayton features several real estate styles, ranging from the
traditional in the heart of town to flourishing golf course communities with
The following list of service offices and telephone numbers will help newcomers
settle into life in Clayton:
- Driverís License Office, N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, N.C. 42 West, Clayton, 550-2351.
- Emergency Services: For all emergencies, dial 911.
Administrative phone numbers:
- Clayton Fire Department, 553-1520.
- Clayton Police, 553-4611.
- Clayton Area Rescue, 553-5493.
- Licenses, Fees and Permits, Town of Clayton Inspections Department, 553-5002, ext. 208.
- License Plates, N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, Fourth Street, Smithfield, 934-8707.
- The Clayton News-Star (weekly newspaper), Ellington Street, Clayton, 553-7234.
- The Smithfield Herald (twice-weekly), Smithfield, 934-2176.
- News & Observer (daily), Raleigh, 829-4500.
- North Carolina Natural Gas, Raleigh, 1-800-275-6264
- Public Libraries:
- Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, Clayton, 553-5542.
- Public Libraries of Johnston County, Smithfield, 934-8146.
- Public Utilities (water, sewer, electric), Town of Clayton Customer Service, 553-5002.
- Public Works Department, 553-1530.
- Trash Collection, Town of Clayton Customer Service, 553-5002.
Student achievement in the Johnston County Schools ranks within the top 20 percent
of North Carolina school districts. The district is comprised of 36 schools,
including a center for academically and intellectually talented elementary students
and a Middle College High School that offers students a dual enrollment in
community college. Johnston County Schools has more than 27,000 students and 3,800
Clayton area schools are among the best within the county. They include West
Clayton Elementary, East Clayton Elementary, Cooper Elementary, Riverwood
Elementary and River Dell Elementary schools serving grades K-5; Clayton Middle
School, Riverwood Middle School, and Cleveland Middle School serving grades 6-8;
and Clayton High School and West Johnston High School serving grades 9-12. All
schools are accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and
by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Clayton Chamber of Commerce