Clayton, MO
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Clayton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 15,884 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Clayton is the 46th largest community in Missouri. Clayton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Clayton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Missouri, but Clayton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Clayton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 97.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Clayton is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clayton who work in management occupations (15.50%), teaching (15.09%), and healthcare (11.31%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Clayton has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

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.

Clayton is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Clayton area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Clayton maintain a good economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.59 minutes getting to work every day.

Even though Clayton is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Clayton is a pretty powerful place. 79.72% 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 $56,530, which is wealthy relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $226,120 for a family of four. However, Clayton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Clayton is a very 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 Russian.

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