Clayton, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Clayton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Clayton had a population of 18,214 as of July 1, 2016. Clayton ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Clayton is located at latitude 35.648 and longitude -78.4448 in Johnston County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Clayton (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.72 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Johnston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 341 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Town of Clayton are located in Johnston County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Wake County.

The Town of Clayton (GNIS ID: 2406276) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Clayton is located within Township of Clayton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Johnston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Clayton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Clayton: Stallings Station.

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Clayton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 18,214
Population in Households 18,137
Population in Familes 15,447
Population in Group Qrtrs 77
Population Density1 1,328
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 6,742
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 4,823
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,405 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,515 (61.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,227 (30.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 663 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $171,301
Average Home Value $195,078


Median Household Income $53,613
Average Household Income $73,481
Per Capita Income $27,308
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.17% 2.63%
Households 1.93% 2.47%
Families 2.3% 2.41%
Median Household Income   2.69%
Per Capita Income   1.6%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Clayton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Clayton to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 50 93rd
Population Density1 # 121 84th
Diversity Index2 # 203 73rd
Median Household Income # 138 81st
Per Capita Income # 179 76th

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