Clayton, CA
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Clayton is a somewhat small city located in the state of California. With a population of 11,867 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Clayton is the 402nd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Clayton are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Clayton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Clayton is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clayton who work in management occupations (19.77%), office and administrative support (13.74%), and business and financial occupations (12.66%).

Also of interest is that Clayton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Clayton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.98% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Clayton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Clayton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Clayton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Clayton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Clayton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.38 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Despite being a small city, Clayton has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Clayton is a pretty powerful place. 50.99% of the adults in Clayton have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Clayton in 2010 was $54,740, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $218,960 for a family of four.

Clayton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Clayton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Clayton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Clayton include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Clayton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.