Clayton, NC

Clayton, situated in Johnston County, is a small town made up of 13.51 square miles.

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The town was initially settled around 1729 after John Lawson surveyed the land in 1701 for the British. It was at one point known as Stallings Station. During the Civil War, volunteers formed the Clayton Yellow Jackets to fight for the confederacy.  


The median resident age in Clayton is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $60,000 making it about $12,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $30,000. The average price for a home in Clayton is about $160,000 (2013) which is roughly equal to the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Clayton is 68% White, 22% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 8% other. 92% of the population are high school graduates, with 32% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 46% are married, 18% are divorced, 3% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married. 

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Johnston County

Clayton belongs to Johnston County in the east-central part of North Carolina. The County, named for Governor Gabriel Johnston (1734-1752) has a population of 170,000 and is part of the Raleigh Metro Area. Smithfield, with a population of 13,000 is the county seat.

Johnston County was sliced from Craven County during the 1740's. Parts of the county were taken during the 1750's and 1770's to form Bladen, Granville, Orange, and Dobbs Counties. And, during the 1850's more land was allocated to help form Wilson County.

Today, Johnston County consists of 796 square miles. 791 being land with the other four square miles making up water.


The population of Clayton, NC is about 16,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970's.


The elevation of Clayton, NC is 341 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Clayton, NC is 27420.

Area Code

The area code for Clayton, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Clayton and Johnston County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 34% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.


The unemployment rate for Clayton is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%. Construction, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and wholesale trade make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

News Observer is the primary newspaper that covers the Johnston County area.