Clayton, NC

Clayton profile

Living in Clayton

Clayton is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 24,887 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Clayton is the 54th largest community in North Carolina. Clayton has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Clayton, where the median household income is $62,676.00.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Clayton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Clayton is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Clayton who work in sales jobs (14.89%), management occupations (10.38%), and office and administrative support (9.56%).

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 7.40% 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.

In Clayton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.55 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Clayton is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.18% of adults in Clayton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Clayton in 2018 was $30,212, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,848 for a family of four. However, Clayton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Clayton is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 Black or African-American. Clayton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.32% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Clayton include English, German, Irish, Scottish, and French.

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