Clayton is a fast growing town just east of Raleigh the state capital of North Carolina. The town’s main transportation routes are highway’s 70 and 42 which both intersect the town. The town has a quaint historic downtown that is being revitalized with new shops and restaurants. The business district along highway 70 has the typical commercial and retail you would expect to find with many types of stores and service providers, drug stores and restaurants. The town of Clayton covers about 14 square miles and the ETJ is about 32.47 square miles. Clayton is the largest town in Johnston County with a population of approximately 18,000 according to the 2013 Census, which in 2000 was 6,973. The town lends its name to a much larger population with a Clayton mailing address in both 27527 and 27520 zip codes. The town has a projected growth of almost 30,000 by the year 2030.
Batchelor’s Degree or Higher…35%
Associates Degree or Some College…37.5%
High School Graduate…20%
Less than High School…6.8%
The town was originally know as Stalling’s Station and before that the area was mentioned by an English surveyor by the name of John Lawson in 1701. The North Carolina Railroad Company ran a line through Johnston County and built a wood fueling station on land owned by Isaac and Sara Stallings. There is some debate as to how the town got its name of Clayton but it was incorporated in 1869. As the Civil War was drawing to a close the Union Army under General William T. Sherman having just defeated Confederate general Joseph E. Johnson’s army in Bentonville was moving towards Raleigh. The Governor of North Carolina Zebulon B. Vance not wanting to see the city destroyed arranged for it’s surrender by sending his representatives on a train to meet with Sherman near the Clayton Depot.
The Town of Clayton has attracted some well know industry leaders from the United States and around the world. Multi national companies such as Caterpillar, Novo Nordisk, Grifols and Bayer have facilities here employing thousands of workers. There is a growing biopharmacutical industry in Clayton which is home to 10% of that industry in North Carolina. With access to major highways Interstate 40 and I95 and the new Highway 70 commuting to Research Triangle Park, Raleigh Durham International Airport and Downtown Raleigh is easy to navigate. There are many smaller industries in retail, service and manufacturing in Clayton and the town works with the Chamber of Commerce to promote and facilitate economic development.
Shopping, Dining & Entertainment
A growing number of national chain retailers and locally owned specialty stores have set up shop in or near Clayton. In just the past few years the downtown district has seen a craft beer brewery open called Deep River Brewing while on Main Steet Manning’s restaurant is open which has a roof top dining area. On Hwy 70 there is the new Cleveland Ale House. Some favorite restaurants of area residents for a number of years are Skylines, Jones Cafe, The Clayton Steakhouse, Festejos and McCall’s BBQ & Seafood to name just a few. There are numerous supermarkets in town, great locally owned home and garden centers and a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The town offices are in the restored High School building which is also where the old school auditorium has been converted to The Clayton Center. Here you can enjoy musical acts and entertainers from around the state and beyond. There is also the Comedy Zone which serves food and drinks while you laugh the night away. Just outside Clayton is the White Oak Shopping Center which is home to the only Cabela’s in North Carolina and many more national retailers, restaurants and movie theaters. In the other direction about 15 minutes from Clayton is the Carolina Premium Outlets, home to stores from all the top names in fashion.
Sports & Recreation
When it comes to sports and outdoor activities there are plenty of options for young and old alike. Clayton’s slogan is the Premier Community For Active Families, with miles of walking trails already open and many more planned, walking biking, running or a leisurely stroll is minutes away on the Clayton Riverwalk on the Neuse and Sam’s Branch Greenway. The trails and greenways extend all the way to the Falls Lake Dam in North Raleigh a 33 mile trip. Sam’s Branch Greenway is a 10 foot wide, 1.25 mile stretch that joins the Clayton Riverwalk at the Neuse River which is a 4 mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Clayton maintains a number of facilities for other sports, one is Legend Park where there is a ball field and an adventurous mountain bike trail. Bikers describe the trail as good for both beginners and advanced riders. There are some serious jumps,loops and stunts to try.
The Clayton Community Park has 3 ball fields, 2 sand volleyball courts a picnic shelter, outdoor amphitheater, unpaved wetlands, six tennis courts with a shelter, two playground areas, eight bocce courts also with a shelter and wildlife viewing area. The East Clayton Community Park is one of the newest projects of the Parks & Recreation and is going to be magnificent when it is finished. Already in place is a soccer field, a baseball field, multipurpose fields, picnic area and a one mile trail. What is planned for the site is very exciting and a first for Clayton which is a Universal Playground where children of all abilities can play, check out all the features at the town’s website here. Included in future plans is a disc golf course.If the outdoors isn’t your thing or the weather isn’t cooperating there is the wonderful Clayton Community Center which has an indoor walking trail, art and pottery studios, fitness classes and a huge multi purpose gymnasium.
Golf Courses Near Clayton
Golf is big in North Carolina with the ability to play almost year round and many golfers have relocated to the state for that reason. Clayton is located just east of Raleigh and is part of the area know as the Triangle of North Carolina. In the greater Triangle area there are many public, semi-private and private golf courses, in fact the three main universities Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and NC State all have golf courses. Within a few minutes drive of Clayton there are the following courses, Neuse Golf Club, Riverwood Golf, Pine Hollow Golf Course. The possibilities for challenging play is endless with golf courses at the coast and in the mountains and an hour and a half drive from Clayton is the Pinehurst Resort.
From The Mountains To The Sea
Clayton’s location in the state makes it easy to get out and explore and there is lots to explore in North Carolina. Depending on what beach you choose you can be in the waves in as little as two hours and in the mountains of the Blue Ridge in three hours. The Carolina coast has hundreds of miles of beaches, many quaint small towns and lots of history and nature to explore. Seafood restaurants and crusty dive bars dot the states coast line from the end of North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina to the Currituck National wildlife Reserve near Virginia. Head west from Clayton and in about 3 hours you will see the blue haze of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Spectacular in early Fall when thousands of tourists flock to see the explosion of color from the leaves as they turn but anytime of the year you can enjoy all the mountains have to offer. The Mountains to Sea Trail is a trail built by a volunteer force that runs from one end of North Carolina to the other and on the way passes through the town of Clayton and uses the trails along the Neuse River.
Clayton Area Schools
Home to some of the best schools in Johnston County, area students are assigned to schools based on boundary maps drawn up by the school board. With the tremendous growth and population surge many schools are at capacity but at time of writing all Johnston County Schools operate on a traditional calendar. If the school your child goes to is important to you, then we advise you to contact the school system before you move to be sure that is where your child will go to school. The following is a list of schools in the greater Clayton area.
- River Dell Elementary
- Riverwood Elementary
- West Clayton Elementary
- Powhatan Elementary
- East Clayton Elementary
- Cooper Elementary
- Archer Lodge Middle
- Riverwood Middle
- Clayton Middle
- Cleveland Middle
- Clayton High School
- Corinth Holders High School
- West Johnston High School
Local College and Universities
Once the students graduate from these schools the college choices within a short distance is remarkable. Often, when asked why they relocate or expand to the Triangle of North Carolina heads of industry give the number one reason as the highly educated work force and college graduates from the areas colleges and universities. With subjects as different as design and dentistry, animal husbandry and nuclear engineering there seems to be no limit to what can be studied in the schools nearby and for those who wish to move a little further away… Here are some of the universities near Clayton… In no particular order, just in case…
- Appalachian State
- NC State
- UNC Chapel Hill
- UNC Central
- East Carolina University
- Meredith College
Part of the reason for the growth in the Clayton area is the fact that housing is more affordable than other parts of the Triangle while the quality of homes is the same or better. Many folks choose to live here for not only the value of the homes available but for the larger lots and open space that comes with owning a home here. While the town used to be a bedroom community for Raleigh, it has grown to be much more with many residents working and living here in Johnston County. The homes available come in all shapes and sizes from town homes and patio homes to executive custom built homes and everything in between. Homes are available in downtown Clayton, in golf course communities, in gated communities, equestrian communities and single family communities. You will find homes in small subdivisions, master planned communities, swim communities and homes can be found not in a subdivision at all. The lot sizes are getting smaller in the new construction homes as land prices rise, however you can still find many homes on half acre lots, acre lots and larger multi ace lots. The most common type of home found in Clayton is a detached 3 or 4 bedroom single family home priced between $200,000 and $300,000.
Living In Town And Outside Town
There are many subdivisions with a Clayton mailing address but are not located inside the town limits, some are in the town’s ETJ and others are located in Johnston County but not in a municipality. Some subdivisions have a Clayton mailing address but are actually located in a different town’s boundary. So what does this mean if you are buying a home with a Clayton mailing address? The first thing is taxes which will be slightly higher in town. Services such as trash collection,street maintenance and utilities such as water and sewer, electric and gas will be dependent on where in the county the subdivision is located and in what subdivision the home is in. Policing and Fire & Rescue will also be dependent on where the home is located. Clayton residents whose home is located inside the town limits get their utilities and services provided by the town.
The climate in this part of North Carolina is a draw to many folks who are either escaping the long cold winters of up north or just want to be outside more. The area benefits from mild temperatures and distinct four seasons with wonderful Spring and Fall, a mild Winter and short hot Summer. The annual high temperature is 71.4° and the annual low temperature is 47.9°average annual rainfall is 46.43 inches. Snowfall is unpredictable with some years getting only a dusting while others several inches more, the nice thing about when we do get snow in Clayton is that it is never here for very long.
Clayton Real Estate Agent
This information was prepared by Clayton Real Estate Agent David O’Doherty. If you are thinking about buying a home in Clayton, NC you will find a wealth of information about neighborhoods, schools, jobs and more on this website to help you with your decision. Not only will you find the latest homes for sale, easy to use search tools using any criteria you like you’ll also find detailed information about most of the neighborhoods in Clayton. Home prices, amenities, schools, latest sale prices from the larger neighborhoods along with helpful videos and tips on buying a home in Clayton, North Carolina. News that is important to current and future residents of Clayton,new restaurants, parks, trails can also be found on this site. If you don’t find what you are looking for give us a call at (919) 601-2268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org