Area Information


Clayton Area Guide for Wake County Residents

Located in Johnston County and often referred to as a satellite town of Raleigh, Clayton is an inviting town of just 16,000 people as of the 2010 Census.

This community, which has seen a lot of growth thanks to its proximity to the Research Triangle and access to major highways, is a great place to settle down and raise a family!

Why Historian Love Clayton

This town is overflowing with history from across the centuries.

For instance, this community was actually built on a road cut that was blazed by Governor Tryon’s troops around 1770 as they marched North from New Bern to Hillsborough.

Then, 100 years later, the railroad came through the area, giving this community its first name: Staillings’ Station. The community was named such because the depot for the North Carolina Railroad was in the home of Mrs. Sarah Stallings.

Yet three years later, the town’s name was changed to Clayton. It was officially incorporated in 1869.

The town enjoyed a prominent place in the history books during the Civil War, Great Depression and beyond.

But the area really started to grow when the industrial and residential boom started taking shape in the 1970s.

At that time, Clayton’s workforce adapted, switching over to a more service/trades-oriented economy and helping the town grow.

Today, this community boasts several places that are listed n the National Register of Historic Places, including The Clayton Banking Company Building, Clayton Graded School and Clayton Grammar School-Municipal Auditorium, Clayton Historic District, Cleveland School, Ellington-Ellis Farm, Walter R. and Eliza Smith Moore House, Sanders-Hairr House, and Stallings-Carpenter House.

Why Employees Love Clayton

In modern times, this community is home to a diverse jobs market that includes manufacturers like Caterpillar and bio-pharmaceutical companies like Grifols and Novo Nordisk.

Also, there are plenty of work opportunities within the local school system as well as with the town government.

Why Students Love Living Here

When it comes to receiving a quality education that’s going to prepare you for college and beyond, Clayton has plenty to offer.

In fact, here are the specific schools that serve this community:

  • Archer Lodge Middle School 
  • Cleveland Elementary School
  • Cleveland Middle School
  • Cleveland High School 
  • Cooper Elementary School
  • Corinth Holders High School 
  • East Clayton Elementary School 
  • Powhatan Elementary School
  • River Dell Elementary School
  • Riverwood Elementary School
  • West Clayton Elementary School
  • Clayton Middle School
  • Riverwood Middle School 
  • Clayton High School
  • West Johnston High School

Buy Your Next Home in Clayton

If this sounds like the kind of community that would fit your family’s lifestyle well, please take a moment to contact us at The Sandy Edwards Team.

We look forward to assisting you by answering any questions you may have, telling you about available listings and providing you with such valuable resources as our buying guide and relocation kit.

We’ll Help You Sell Your Home Too!

And please remember to also contact us if you’re interested in listing your Clayton home on the market.

We have years of experience helping home sellers just like you successfully sell their property and we would be happy to help you too. Contact us today for a free home evaluation.