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Living in Clayton, NC

The Town of Clayton is located in Johnston County, which is projected to be the fastest growing county in North Carolina over the next 10 years. Located just west of Cary and Raleigh, Clayton is poised for continued growth based on its location, recreational options and lively downtown. Clayton offers potential residents an intimate home life and plenty amenities only a short drive away.

Clayton, NC Downtown Sign

Things to Do

As the largest town in Johnston County, residents in Clayton can enjoy ample outdoor recreational choices such as greenways, golf courses and local parks. Clayton offers its residents part of the state-wide Mountain-to-Sea Trail on its river walk on the Neuse River. For indoor recreation, the Clayton Community Center is a 32,000 square foot facility with a full gym, running track, as well as a full basketball and volleyball court.

Downtown Clayton is making a name for itself with many unique dining options, thriving arts scene and community events. A local favorite isThe Clayton Center, a 600-seat, state-of-the-art performance and conference center, where you can see a concert, host a wedding or even attend a public hearing.

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Clayton Real Estate

Moving to Clayton has become more popular in recent years; with its affordable housing and growing job market, people have started to set their sights on settling in the area. For the Research Triangle Park (RTP) region, the housing market and cost of living is relatively low.

Clayton’s close proximity to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and RTP, by way of major highways, makes it an easy commute for residents looking to work in a big city and live in a small town. Clayton also has a rapidly growing business sector in manufacturing, pharma and healthcare, if you’d like to work close to home.

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Commuting Throughout the Area

Clayton is located 25 minutes from the state capital of Raleigh and about 30-45 minutes from RTP and the RDU airport.


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What Locals Love

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  • The 600-seat The Clayton Center is a multipurpose space that allows room for not only performances, but also private events and town operations.
  • If you love golf, The Neuse Golf Course was named one of the “Best Public Golf Courses in North Carolina” by Golf Digest and is a local favorite.
  • Thousands of people each year flock to downtown Clayton to attend the week-long Clayton Harvest Festival, which incorporates events like the Squealin’ on the Square BBQ competition, Clayton Idol and a Latin American Festival.


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