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 with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Clayton to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Clayton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.59 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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. 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.