Small Town Living Never Looked Better

For the ultimate small-town experience, with convenient access to big-city amenities, look no further than Clayton, NC. This is the kind of community where you know the names of all your neighbors, and you're never afraid to stop by for a chat on the front porch. Fun weekend events and annual activities are the norm—from the monthly Clayton Concert Series during the warmer months to the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree come winter.

In addition to being a quintessential small town with plenty of old-fashioned southern charm, Clayton is conveniently located near some of the biggest employment hubs in North Carolina. Enjoy a quick drive to places like Downtown Raleigh, North Hills, and even the Research Triangle Park. At the end of the day, though, Clayton's lifestyle is untouchable and it has plenty of affordable, stylish, and charming homes for sale. Use this page as your guide for everything Clayton has to offer.

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Live, Work & Play in Clayton


Whether you're searching for a low-maintenance, new construction home with all the bells and whistles, a fixer upper you want to transform into your own custom palace, or a stylish but spacious condo close to your favorite attractions, you're going to love Clayton's many real estate options.


From around the corner to across the county, Clayton and the greater Johnston County and Wake County communities feature a ton of dynamic employment opportunities. Some of JoCo's biggest employers include Grifols, Sysco, and Novo Nordisk. Meanwhile, in Raleigh and the Research Triangle Park, you'll find top tech companies like Red Hat, IBM, and Lenovo.


What's your favorite thing to do? If it's golf the day away, you have a selection of top-tier courses like Pine Hollow and the Neuse. If you prefer shopping, head over to White Oak to find everything you need. When it comes to bars, breweries, and restaurants, you can't go wrong with a visit to Revival 1869, Deep River (the county's first legal brewery!), or Mannings on Main.

Clayton at a Glance

Getting Around

Major Roads: I-40, US-70
Airport: RDU International Airport
Distance to Raleigh: 17.3 miles, 25 minutes
Distance to Durham: 41.6 miles, 50 minutes

Area Stats

Population: 21,405
County: Johnston
Zip Codes: 27520, 27527, 27528
Avg Temperatures: Summer: 89°F / 70°F and Winter: 52°F / 33°F

Clayton Attractions

What You'll Really Love in Clayton

The Clayton area has so much to love—for residents and visitors alike. Clayton has something for everyone, from outdoor recreation and sports to arts and culture to nightlife and events. Take a look at everything this little city has to offer.

Tons of Events

Outdoor concerts in the summer, fall festivals with games and treats, wonderful holiday celebrations... Clayton offers a lot in terms of annual events and activities. We particularly enjoy the summer for the Clayton Concert Series, 4th of July Celebration, and the Mondo Roots Cultural Art & Music Festival!

Stunning Outdoor Recreation

Hop over to the Pine Hollow Golf Club for a day full of your favorite sports, or grab your bike and go for a ride at Legend Park. There's plenty of outdoor fun waiting for you in Clayton, as this area has five parks, a disc golf course, and a dog park.

Local Shopping & Dining

If you want plenty of big-box retailer and major name brands, head down Highway 70 to White Oak Shopping Center in Garner! If you're looking for something a little more eclectic, you'll love Downtown Clayton's options: Three Little Birds, Main Street Jewelers, and Wine on Main.

Top-Notch Location

Imagine being just a hop, a skip, and a quick drive away from modern conveniences, award-winning attractions, and renowned employment hubs throughout the greater Triangle area. Living in Clayton gives you the peaceful evenings and tranquil environment of the countryside, with convenient access to the big city and more.

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