Clayton is surrounded by a thriving industrial base and offers diverse recreational activities, numerous educational opportunities, and a burgeoning cultural and visual arts community. Its citizens – who range from young families to retirees – enjoy the comfort and security of living within a small community and are able to take advantage of the benefits of living close to the major metropolitan Triangle area.
Clayton’s public schools are a major factor in attracting residents. Administered by Johnston County Schools, area elementary, middle, and high schools are among the top performing schools in the county. JCS is committed to providing a high-quality education for its students and boasts 19 schools of distinction and nine schools of excellence countywide.
Clayton strives to be a diverse town that provides avenues of growth for education, industry, small business, and recreation. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce works cooperatively with town officials and area businesses to promote business and economic development, increase civic awareness and community involvement, and support educational opportunities throughout town.