Best Place to Live in Johnston County

(Niche, 2017)


20,260 Residents
in 2016 

25.2% Growth
Since 2010

Parks & Recreation

20+ Miles of
Greenway Trails

10 Major Town Parks


Johnston County Public Schools

Clayton High School

Cleveland High School 


Jody McLeod

What You'll Love About Clayton



Chat with your neighbors as you eat at local restaurants, attend summer concerts, or enjoy a pint at the brewery.

Peaceful, Quiet Living

Clayton's slower pace of life comes from its rural setting and community focus. It's a breath of fresh air..

Its Convenience

Drive just a few minutes from Clayton and you can be exploring White Oak Shopping Center or Downtown Raleigh.

The Epitome of Small-Town Southern Living

Stroll down West Main Street on a sunny afternoon and you'll find Downtown Clayton bustling with activity. Heavenly smells drift out of the local restaurants, strangers say "hello" like they've known each other their whole lives, and American flags on telephone poles rustle gently in the breeze. Downtown Clayton is where residents come to eat, shop, and play, but there's so much more to love about this rural community than its charming town center.

Past and present coexist in Clayton. Established communities and brand new neighborhoods are just a stone's throw from each other. Small businesses are just as popular as national retailers and franchise restaurants. The rural beauty of Johnston County surrounds this small town, while the amenities of the city — bustling shopping centers, public transit, and major highways — are just minutes away. Living in Clayton means you can truly enjoy the best of both worlds.

resident playing guitar

An Arts and Cultural Hub

The Clayton Center is the town's premier performing arts venue, where entertainers and musicians take the stage during the Palladian Series. Just around the corner from The Clayton Center is Town Square, which transforms into a concert lawn and outdoor movie theater during the town's annual summer concert series and summer movie nights. The Clayton Sculpture Trail is just steps away from these main attractions, too.

friends eating in Clayton

Local Shopping and Dining

Small businesses are the backbone of life in Clayton. If you're eager to get to know the local lifestyle, meet new friends (and their dogs!) at Deep River Brewing Company, indulge your sweet tooth at Sherry's Signature Cheesecakes, peruse the shelves of novels and movies from Pauper's Books, and celebrate all sorts of occasions at Mannings. Don't forget to stop by the Clayton Farm & Community Market on Saturdays!

Available Homes

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Discover Your Dream Hometown

A home is more than four walls, a roof, and the features that make a house special. A home is a place where you can create treasured memories, forge lasting relationships, and savor the amenities just minutes from your front door. I can help you find the home of your dreams in Clayton. If you're eager to view your favorite properties in person, call me at 919-422-3794 for a showing! As a real estate expert in Clayton and the Triangle area as a whole, I'm more than happy to introduce you to everything you'll love about this charming town.

Clayton Real Estate Resources

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