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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    C+
Clayton is a suburb of Raleigh with a population of 19,306. Clayton is in Johnston County. Living in Clayton offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Clayton and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Clayton are above average.
About Clayton...
Population
19,306

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$166,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,069
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    66.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    42.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    337.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,318.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    90.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Clayton

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,338
National
$55,322
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Clayton Reviews

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I love living in Clayton! It's close enough to Raleigh while still maintaining the small-town feel. While the nightlife isn't great, the downtown area is going through a great revitalization, with new restaurants and businesses appearing frequently. It's not the greatest commute but not terrible, either, and the neighborhoods are safe and family-oriented. Our school board is stable and I've been happy with my kid's school. The real estate market is a double-edged sword. We would like to live downtown, but the market is so good right now it's more affordable to stay in our suburb. Overall, we have no plans to leave!
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The community in Clayton, North Carolina is one of the safest communities for families with children. The schools are very high quality and the community is the perfect distance from Raleigh where the tourism opportunities are endless. The homes are sensibly priced and the city is beautiful!
Clayton is an up and coming area. There are many great places to go and enjoy a night out with friends and families. They host many family oriented events especially during the holidays. The school districts are also great at challenging students to be the best that they can be. There are many job opportunities within the area and close by as well. There are many highly qualified child care centers in the area. The people here are very friendly and are always willing to help!