Clayton is a small city in Johnston County, north Carolina, United States and is thought to be a satellite community of Raleigh. The official population of Clayton has fluctuated over the years and is now estimated at between 16,000 and 20,000. As of 2020, the population of Clayton was approximately 6,913, compared to approximately 16,000 in 2020. By the end of the decade, the estimated population of Clayton is expected to reach 24,000. There are no official statistics available on how many Clayton residents are foreign born.
The majority of Clayton residents are white, although there is a large percentage of Black and Hispanic population in the area. The Black population in Clayton is less than the national average, while the Hispanic population is higher than the national average. Clayton has one of the largest concentrations of Jewish population in the United States. The high school graduation rate is quite high, which helps to attract a high number of residents. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has a website that offers information about local business, government and schools in Clayton. The site is in a partnership with Clayton University. Many Clayton residents work as nurses and are involved in a variety of health-related fields including emergency medicine.
Clayton’s economy depends largely on agriculture. The city is located on the western shores of Lake Norman, the second largest lake in the state and one of the largest lakes in the world. The land around the city is rich in agricultural history, as it is a major agricultural region. The lake is home to a variety of waterfowl and other wildlife species that provide a great deal of food for people living in the area.