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Welcome to Your New Hometown

Once a major railroad town, Clayton is now a bustling suburb just southeast of Raleigh. Here, you'll uncover one of the most picturesque downtown districts in the Triangle, as well as a growing job market and plenty of stunning homes. Young professionals, growing families, retirees, and everyone in between will fit right in here in Clayton—and there's always something exciting going on in Town Square. As if that isn't enough, Clayton is also conveniently nestled next to the US-70 Bypass, which makes commuting to Raleigh a breeze.

Want to learn more about this growing town? Here's the inside scoop on Clayton that you won't want to miss.

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Live, Work & Play in Clayton!


Think you have to pay more for an ideal location? If so, it's time to visit Clayton and explore some of the fabulous homes that are on the market. Buyers are flocking to Clayton because of its convenience—it's just a 20 minute drive to Raleigh if you hop on US-70.

Believe it or not, the average home in Clayton is on the market is $265,000, but most homes actually sell for just $230,700. That's significantly less than suburbs like Cary or Holly Springs—and once you make your move, you can expect to see your home's value increase up to 5% annually!


The Triangle is one of the most innovative regions in America—and it's also home to plenty of amazing jobs. Whether you choose to commute into Raleigh or invest in one of Clayton's growing businesses, you'll discover plenty of unbeatable opportunities right at your doorstep.

Some of the area's top companies include SAS, IBM, and WakeMed. However, Clayton's biggest employers include the Town of Clayton, Grifols, and Johnston Health. As if that isn't enough, the town's unemployment rate is a mere 3.6%, which is less than the national average.


Clayton is known for its year-round events—just head to Town Square, and you're bound to find something exciting going on. Fall is a particularly busy time for the town, as the Downtown Clayton Trick or Treat, Harvest Festival, and Shindig Musical Festival often take place within a few days of each other.

Clayton also works to support its farmers, artisans, and small business owners through its Farm and Community Market, which is open every Saturday from April to October. Be sure to check out the two Holiday Markets in November and December, as well at the Winter Markets that last through March.

Clayton at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: Highway 42, US-70, I-40 
Airport: Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Public Transit: JCats
Distance to Raleigh: 23 minutes, 17 miles
Distance to Garner: 19 minutes, 11 miles


Population: 22,850
County: Johnston
Zip Codes: 27520 and 27527
Median Home Value: $238,935
Median Rent: $1,139

Live Like a Clayton Local

Want to Learn More?

Here are a few of our favorite spots in Clayton—feel free to explore a little!

Fantastic Restaurants

Clayton is home to some pretty delectable eateries, and you'll find a few of our favorites tucked right along Main Street. Whether you're in the mood for some Southern comfort food, a new twist on some American classics, or some international cuisine, Clayton has what you're looking for.

Ask a local for some recommendations, and they'll probably mention Manning's Restaurant. This charming destination might seem unassuming on the outside, but you'll love their amazing boneless wings and imaginative burgers. Want to grab a quick coffee and a sandwich? Boulevard West is the place to go!

Local Shopping Destinations

Clayton packs a lot of convenience for such a small town—you'll find all of the larger retailers you could ever need right along US-70. However, the real soul of Clayton lies in its locally-owned shops...and there are plenty to explore all around town!

Yellow House: The Community Place is a relatively new addition to Downtown Clayton, but this fully-restored home has turned into a boutique, cafe, and so much more. Need to pick up a gift for a friend? Head to The Market at Three Little Birds to uncover a handcrafted treasure that's sure to delight.

Endless Parks & Gardens

Sometimes, you just want to get out and explore nature...and it's easy to do just that here in Clayton. This small town boasts an impressive collection of parks, trails, greenways, and recreational facilities—and many of them feature their own year-round programming.

Looking for a quiet spot where you can enjoy everything Clayton has to offer? You'll find plenty of residents gathering at All-Star Park, which showcases a playground, basketball court, and a picnic shelter. The town even has its own community garden, where volunteers can help grow local produce and flowers.


Top-Rated Education

Are schools an important factor in your home search? Even if you don't have children, you'll benefit from Clayton's amazing public education system, courtesy of Johnston County Public Schools. Here, students can choose from a variety of institutions, including Riverwood Elementary, Clayton Middle, and Clayton High.

You'll also find plenty of alternative schools in and around Clayton. Academy of Hope and Southside Christian School are just a few options in town, but you'll also find schools like Johnston Charter Academy just nearby!

Let's Find Your Dream Home

If you're thinking about making a move to Clayton, Reeves Realty would love to show you around! We have over a decade of real estate experience, so just give us a call with any questions or concerns. Your dream home could already be on the market...

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