Clayton is a small town in Johnston County, NC, United States, located in Wake County. It is considered to be a satellite town to Raleigh, as of today. In 2020, the population of Clayton was 16,176, up from 5,973 in the last census. In the next year, it is estimated that the town’s total population will be 24,279. The population is expected to increase in coming years.
The city is made up of three main communities: Oak Hills, Hillsborough and Clayton. All three have a strong downtown. Clayton has a historic downtown area and the county seat. People can get a glimpse of the history through tours of the downtown. There are several museums in Clayton that display artifacts from the 1800’s. The museum is located in downtown Clayton and is known as the Oldest Building in Clayton North Carolina. The county seat, Hillsborough, has a large courthouse and a museum.
Clayton has some of the best restaurants in the state. You can find some of the best dining in North Carolina and in the northeast region. Many local people enjoy the downtown’s nightlife. There are several bars that serve both local and national brews. Many restaurants serve barbecue, seafood, steaks, hamburgers, fresh fish and many other local and international foods. Clayton offers many shopping experiences. The shopping center is very popular, but you may want to visit the smaller shops as well, as they may have better deals.