Clayton is a town in Johnston County that is an easy travel to the downtown area of Raleigh.

The community which has grown into the Town of Clayton was built on a road cut blazed by Governor Tryon's troops in the  1770's as they marched North from New Bern to Hillsborough against the Regulators. Nearly 100 years later the railroad came through and the community had its first name-Stallings' Station, since the depot for the North Carolina Railroad was in the home of Mrs. Sarah Stallings. That name only lasted a few years because it became incorporated to Clayton in 1869.

By the early 1900's, the town had become a major market for cotton, watermelons and tobacco. In 1907, the Raleigh Evening Times of nearby Raleigh wrote that there was "more money per capita in Clayton than any city its size in the world" 

Because of the Great Depression, Clayton's population grew slowly for the next forty years. The three local cotton mills continued to be a major source of jobs during that time, with 1,000 employees, but the local economy was modest and cotton was soon on its way out. 

In recent years, commercial development along US 70 through town has changed the face of Clayton with thriving retail and service sectors.. However, downtown Clayton still boasts quaint specialty and coffee shops, a thriving financial services area, furniture stores, restaurants, jewelry stores, and more than a dozen personal care businesses. Some of Clayton's oldest businesses, Beddingfield's Drugs (1919, Jone's Lunch (1958) and TR Lee Gas & Oil (1958) still operate downtown today. In recent years, a strong effort to protect and preserve the traditional downtown has helped the area maintain its economic vigor.

City Overview

Population: 14,948
Population growth since 2000: 98.51%
Median home cost: $141,030
Cost of living: 11.98% lower than U.S. average
Public Schools spending per student: $5,019
Unemployment rate: 10.70%

Clayton weather facts

Clayton, NC climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 40's.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 89.9 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 28.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 21 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Clayton is 45.7 inches.  Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.  The wettest month of the year is July with an average rainfall of 4.74 inches.

Tax Rates

Town - $.5400
Wake County - $.534/$100
Total - $1.0740

Wake County - 2% 
State - 4%
NC Prepared Food - 1%

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