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Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina

From farm to big pharm, from tobacco to the world's largest supplier of insulin, from 2,000 to 20,000...Clayton is definitely not the one stoplight town it was 40 years ago!

We've doubled in population since 2000 and landed the single largest manufacturing investment in North Carolina state history. And we continued to be positioned for more exciting growth. Just 15 miles to Raleigh, 2 hours to the beach, and home to some of the world’s largest companies, like Grifols, Novo Nordisk, Caterpillar and Bayer – Clayton is the fastest-growing town in Johnston County, which was just listed in North Carolina’s Top 5 booming housing markets.

That amazing growth and investment is most evident at Clayton’s heart – it’s downtown, where the Town and businesses have successfully partnered to preserve the small-town charm with more than $20 million invested in revitalization projects in the last decade – from a booming brewery in an old cotton mill, modern offices in a 1920’s Ford dealership…to jazz-infused cocktail lounges and rooftop dining restaurants in previously-abandoned Main Street storefronts.

Clayton also gets it when it comes to arts and culture, supporting inclusive and collaborate projects like the annually-rotating sculpture trail and public greenway system. The heart of downtown is our two beautifully-restored downtown schoolhouses, The Clayton Center, which serve as a performing arts venue and Town Hall. Clayton is buzzing with progressive new projects and a thriving arts and small business community – the perfect place to start or expand your business or family! 

Latest News
  • We hope you will join us 6 p.m. Monday, July 16 for the Clayton Town Council meeting at The Clayton Center/Town Hall,  111 East Second Street  in Downtown Clayton. You can view the  full agenda pa...

  • On Monday, Clayton Police are switching to a more traditional municipal police uniform: all Navy-Blue!   We’ve been testing different uniforms for nearly a year now – running sample uniforms throug...

  • Our Annual Water Quality Reports for 2017 are now available! Click here for the 2017 Town of Clayton Water Quality Report , which covers the majority of Town.  Click here for the 2017 Town of Clay...

  • All Town of Clayton facilities will be  closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day  – except for Municipal Park, where our 38th annual July 4th Celebration and Fireworks begins at 4 p.m.! ...

  • Town of Clayton leaders and staff are mourning the passing of former Planning Director James “Skip” Browder. According to reports from family and friends, Browder, 72, was driving to Oak Island Thurs...

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