Clayton, North Carolina Population 2021

28,843
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Clayton is a city located in Johnston County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 28,843, it is the 37th largest city in North Carolina and the 1342nd largest city in the United States . Clayton is currently growing at a rate of 7.36% annually and its population has increased by 78.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 16,116 in 2010. Clayton reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 15 miles, Clayton has a population density of 1,905 people per square mile.

The average household income in Clayton is $83,175 with a poverty rate of 9.74%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,083 per month, and the median house value is $192,900. The median age in Clayton is 34.4 years, 33.5 years for males, and 35.5 years for females.

Clayton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Claytonwas:

  • White: 64.44%
  • Black or African American: 26.25%
  • Other race: 4.02%
  • Two or more races: 2.87%
  • Native American: 1.70%
  • Asian: 0.71%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Clayton, North Carolina is 28,843 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 24,887.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 16,116.

Clayton, North Carolina Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,97164.44%
Black or African American5,69226.25%
Some Other Race8724.02%
Two or More Races6222.87%
American Indian and Alaska Native3691.70%
Asian1550.71%
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Clayton Population by Race

Clayton Population Pyramid $2021

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Clayton Median Age

34.4


Total

33.5


Male

35.5


Female

Clayton Adults

There are 15,720 adults, (2,264 of whom are seniors) in Clayton.

Clayton Age Dependency

61.1

Age Dependency Ratio

16.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Clayton Sex Ratio

Female

11,471

52.91%

Male

10,210

47.09%

Clayton Population by Age

Clayton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Clayton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family33.6%66.4%
Female42.4%57.6%
All61.9%38.1%
Married80.1%19.9%
Male92.4%7.6%

61.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Clayton Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,4882.8861.9
Married3,8553.6180.1
Non Family2,1941.2433.6
Female1,0453.5542.4
Male3943.1592.4

3.43

Average Family Size

2.88

Average Household Size

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Clayton Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3962.79%
9th to 12th Grade7605.36%
High School Graduate3,13222.08%
Some College3,59625.35%
Associates Degree1,87713.23%
Bachelors Degree3,02121.30%
Graduate Degree1,4029.88%
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Clayton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Clayton Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White9,0288,5923,082
Black3,4153,1001,068
Hispanic1,6091,262231
Other Race49942082
Native American278184
Asian1046229
2+ Races828217

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 34.14%.

Clayton Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,941$41,033$34,390
Less Than 9th Grade$26,014$26,887$
High School Graduate$30,651$31,421$26,283
Some College$34,368$38,553$29,685
Bachelors Degree$52,782$52,535$52,952
Graduate Degree$51,979$80,231$49,348

$38,941

Average Earnings

$41,033

Average Male

$34,390

Average Female

Clayton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Clayton Language by Age

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Clayton Language

86.73% of Clayton residents speak only English, while 13.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.21% of the population.

Clayton Language

Clayton Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black5,68190615.95%
White12,3456074.92%
Hispanic3,06540613.25%
Multiple62217928.78%
Asian1431611.19%
Other83210.12%

9.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.54%

Male Poverty Rate

10.80%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Clayton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Clayton is Multiple, with 28.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Clayton is Other, with 0.12% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.92%.

Clayton Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade13.67%
Some College10.78%
High School6.06%
Bachelors or Greater2.74%

Clayton Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed23.95%
Female Unemployed16.23%
Male Employed4.89%
Female Employed4.52%

Clayton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Clayton Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,676$83,175
Families$71,778$93,880
Married Families$81,875-
Non Families$41,643$50,299
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Income by Household Type

Clayton Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.3%

Male Marriage Rate

48.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Clayton Married by Age and Sex

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Clayton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Clayton Marital Status by Race

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Clayton Marital Status

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1,488

Number of Veterans

1,294

Male Veterans

194

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War596
First Gulf War532
Vietnam206
Korea33
World War II30

Clayton Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54638
18 to 34375
55 to 64172
65 to 74166
75+137

Clayton Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,33312.72%
Black1393.44%
Hispanic482.34%
Asian1613.33%

Clayton Veterans by Race

Clayton Veterans by Education

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2.05%

Veteran Poverty Rate

17.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Clayton Veterans by Education

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69.7%

Labor Force Participation

67.2%

Employment Rate

3.4%

Unemployment Rate

Clayton Employment by Age

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Clayton Employment by Race

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Clayton Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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48.67%

Born in Clayton

88.50%

Native Born

11.50%

Foreign Born

9.99%

Non Citizen

1.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.50% of Clayton residents were born in the United States, with 48.67% having been born in North Carolina. 9.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Clayton Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202128,8431,9787.36%
202026,8651,9787.95%
201924,8871,9788.63%
201822,9091,4896.95%
201721,4201,3386.66%
201620,0829655.05%
201519,1178044.39%
201418,3136803.86%
201317,6335623.29%
201217,0713702.22%
201116,7013852.36%
201016,3169,3438.87%
20006,9732,2173.90%
19904,7566651.52%
19804,0919882.80%
19703,103-199-0.62%
19603,3020.00%

Clayton Population by Year