Clayton, MO
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Living in Clayton


Clayton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 16,747 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Clayton is the 46th largest community in Missouri. Much of the housing stock in Clayton was built prior to World War II, 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 97.11% 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 (18.22%), teaching (15.56%), and business and financial occupations (10.23%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.92% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

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.

Clayton, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

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 18.50 minutes getting to work every day.

In Clayton, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Clayton is a relatively small city. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Clayton is a pretty powerful place. 77.98% 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 2018 was $65,045, which is wealthy relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $260,180 for a family of four.

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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

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