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Clayton is the Perfect Home Town

Clayton, NC is one of the fastest-growing communities in the Triangle area, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s the perfect blend of everything a home-town should be—Southern charm and community spirit with plenty of small-town amenities, beautiful countryside quiet and plenty of outdoor recreation, highly affordable homes, and easy access to all opportunities of one of America’s top job markets. What more could you want in a place to call home?

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Top Employment

Clayton is perfectly positioned for access to a wealth of top employers. Johnston County itself is home to top employers such as Johnston Memorial Hospital, Grifol Therapeutics, Asplundh Tree Expert, and Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical. Nearby Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park offer major employers such as Rex Healthcare, SAS Institute, UNC, IBM, Cisco, GlaxosmithKline, and Lenovo.

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Great Schools

Clayton students attend fast-growing and highly-rated Johnston County Public Schools and are served by eight local elementary schools, four middle schools, including Clayton Middle, Cleveland Middle, Archer Lodge Middle, and Riverwood Middle Schools, and three high schools, Clayton High, Cleveland High, and Corinth Holders High Schools.

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Beautiful Parks

The Clayton River Walk is one of its most popular outdoor attractions as it offers hiking, biking, and canoeing along the Neuse River and is part of the Neuse River Trail. The Clayton Community Center offers a gymnasium, fitness room, and fine arts studios, nature education can be enjoyed at the Clemmons Education State Forest, and there are three beautiful golf courses in the area.

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Plenty of Amenities

Clayton might be a small town, but it’s not without its share of local and large amenities. Downtown Clayton is a unique shopping and dining district home to several local boutiques, eateries, and bars. Clayton Corners offers larger retailers, businesses, and chain restaurants, and the 40/42 interchange near Clayton offers additional shopping and dining, including large retailers.

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Exciting Attractions

Catch a show at the Clayton Center, Clayton’s premiere music, entertainment, and event venue featuring comedy, theater, dance, and more. Enjoy a casual local brew at Deep River Brewing Company in historic Downtown. Enjoy small-town nightlife at The Comedy Zone, Downtown Sports Bar & Grill, First Street Tavern, or the Cleveland Draft House.

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Fun Events

Enjoy a wealth of seasonal events and celebrations! Clayton is home to many annual favorites, such as the Mondo Roots Festival, Artalacarte Art Walk, Clayton Farm and Community Market, Clayton Food Tour, Clayton Harvest Festival, Cleveland Strawberry Festival, the International food festival, and Lights on the Neuse.

Clayton at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: US 70 Bypass, US 70 Business, NC 42
Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Distance to Durham: 1 hour 10 mins
Distance to Raleigh: 30 mins


Population 2014: 18,445
Growth Since 2000: +164.5%
Zip Codes: 27527, 27520
County: Johnston
Mean Home Price: $157,031

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