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Area Information on Clayton, NC

Located in Johnston County, Clayton is a fairly close-knit community of just 16,000 residents as of the 2010 Census.

This North Carolina community has grown immensely in recent years and a lot of that is thanks to the town’s close proximity to Research Triangle Park as well as such major thoroughfares as I-40, U.S. 70 and NC 42.

The town of Clayton has deep historical roots that date back to the 1700s. It is said that Governor Tryon marched his troops through the area around 1770.

In the 1800s, the railroad came through the area and for a period, the surrounding community was called Stallings’ Station.

Three years after receiving that name, residents in the area renamed the community Clayton. The town was incorporated in 1869.

The community really started to prosper after the Civil War when the railroad was extended, encouraging businesses to locate to Clayton.

Some of the industries that flourished during that time were lumber plants, a cotton gin, a gristmill, a sawmill, tobacco warehouses and cotton mills.

During the 1900s, the community became well known for its cotton market, as well as its watermelon and tobacco markets.

The town suffered some setbacks during the Great Depression but still maintained its bustling tobacco industry.

Today, manufacturing companies like Caterpillar as well as bio-pharmaceutical companies like Grifols and Novo Nordisk are big employers in Clayton.

Education in Clayton, NC

School age residents in Clayton are served by the Johnston County Public School system. Specifically, they attend the following public schools:

  • 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

Things to Do in Clayton, NC

One of Claytons greatest recreational assets is its close proximity to Raleigh, which offers a plethora of shopping, dining and entertainment options at such venues as:

  • Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Triangle Town Center Mall
  • Jordan Lake
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts

But there are also a number of great recreational amenities located right within Clayton, such as:

  • The Clayton Center Auditorium and Conference Center
  • Lake Benson
  • Johnston County Airport

Buying and Selling Clayton, NC Real Estate

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