Clayton at a Glance

This small town still has a touch of Mayberry charm despite its recent growth. And what a convenient location, too!

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Get to Know Clayton, NC

Two centuries ago, Clayton was a small farming community tucked along the Neuse River in rural Johnston County. Now, it's a thriving town filled with brand new communities, vibrant local businesses and major regional employers.

At its core is a charming downtown, where you can find many small, locally owned shops, restaurants and services on Main Street. Town Square often hosts community events and festivals on its grassy lawn. And just steps away is The Clayton Center, where you can catch an exciting concert, play or conference throughout the year.

Because Clayton is close to major highways in the Triangle, it's a short drive to Downtown Raleigh as well as Research Triangle Park (RTP) and the RDU International Airport. This is just one of many reasons why people love living in Clayton!

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Must-Visit Clayton Attractions

If you love the small American towns on shows like Gilmore Girls or The Andy Griffith Show, you'll love Clayton! On Main Street, historic brick storefronts are home to local bakeries, restaurants, boutiques and even a couple of bars. Popular hangouts in the downtown area include Deep River Brewing Company, First Street Tavern, Wine on Main, Boulevard Coffee Lounge and The Flipside, just to name a few!

The Best Clayton Restaurants

You don't have to drive all the way to Raleigh to enjoy a wonderful dinner. Whether you're in the mood for finer dining or a casual bite to eat, Peruvian cuisine or something sweet, spend some time trying the local restaurants lining Main Street in Downtown Clayton! 

Other Local Hot Spots

Here are highlights for some of our top picks for Clayton things to do and see:

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Quick Facts

Population (2016): 20,260
Growth Since 2010: +25.2%
Mean Home Price (2012-2016): $162,000
Government: Town of Clayton, Johnston County

Travel & Commute

Raleigh: 17 miles (25 min.)
 35 miles (40 min.)
RDU Airport: 31 miles (35 min.)
Major Highways: I-40, US-70, NC-42

Let's Talk About Your Plans

Thinking about buying a home or selling a home in Clayton? We have everything you need to make the best decisions. Call us at (919) 589-7110 and let's talk about your goals — we would love to get to know you!

"Kathy offered pros and cons of each house we saw, pointed out things I missed and helped me make a good offer on the house." — Andy

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