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Clayton, NC
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Clayton profile


Living in Clayton



Clayton is a medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 29,445 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Clayton is the 42nd largest community in North Carolina. Much of the housing stock in Clayton was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Clayton economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Clayton, where the median household income is $63,166.00.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.11% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One downside of living in Clayton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Clayton, the average commute to work is 31.52 minutes, which is quite a bit 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: 29.46% of adults in Clayton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Clayton in 2018 was $31,582, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,328 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 13.18% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Clayton include English, Irish, German, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

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