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 97.45% 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 (15.28%), teaching (15.22%), and healthcare (12.21%).

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.

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.

Clayton is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Clayton enrolled in college, Clayton has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

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 18.57 minutes getting to work every day.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Clayton. 79.63% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Clayton in 2010 was $58,732, which is wealthy relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $234,928 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 Irish, English, Russian, and Italian.

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