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 Profile of Clayton
by Sid Cameron, (Data by: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000)

Clayton is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis that serves as both the geographical hub of the St. Louis, Missouri area as well as the county seat of St. Louis County. Because of it's central location, most areas of St Louis County and St Louis City are less than a 30 minute drive from Clayton.

The city of Clayton features a bustling downtown area with high-rise buildings that employ an estimated 57,000 daytime employees* and is headquarters to five Fortune 1000 companies- Graybar Electric, Olin, Centene, Brown Shoe and Furniture Brands International.

Another major regional employer is Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the largest rental car company in North America, which also has it's world headquarters in Clayton. As of 2008, Enterprise is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the #21 largest privately held company in the U.S.

Two interstate highways service Clayton. I-64 (also known as Highway 40) runs east/west and connecting Clayton to downtown St. Louis (roughly a 12 minute drive). I-170, which runs north/south, connects Clayton to Lambert International Airport. Both downtown and the airport can be accessed from Clayton by the regional MetroLink subway system and Metro bus system.

Residents of Clayton have one of the highest average incomes in the region, estimated at $148,000 as of 2008*. It is also estimated that 72% of Clayton residents have a college degree*.

Three higher educational institutions are located within the city limits- Fontbonne University, Concordia Seminary and a campus of Washington University (which is primarily located in neighboring University City).

Clayton also features Shaw Park which offers an aquatic center (seasonal), ice rink (seasonal), sand volleyball, tennis, picnic shelters, athletic fields and more.  Residents on the eastern side of Clayton are also within walking distance to St. Louis City's Forest Park, the second largest city park in the U.S. and home to several of the regions museums and zoo.

Standard and Poor's rates Clayton as one of only three AAA rated cities in Missouri.

 

*Source: City of Clayton

 

Highlights from the U.S. Census taken in 2000 includes:

 


 

Clayton, Missouri Demographic Profile Highlights:


General Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Total population

12,825

 

 

Male

6,427

50.1

49.1%

Female

6,398

49.9

50.9%

Median age (years)

36.7

(X)

35.3

Under 5 years

490

3.8

6.8%

18 years and over

10,241

79.9

74.3%

65 years and over

1,836

14.3

12.4%

Average household size

2.09

(X)

2.59

Average family size

2.90

(X)

3.14

 

 

 

 

Total housing units

5,852

 

 

Occupied housing units

5,370

91.8

91.0%

Owner-occupied housing units

2,964

55.2

66.2%

Renter-occupied housing units

2,406

44.8

33.8%

Vacant housing units

482

8.2

9.0%

 

 

 

 

Social Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Population 25 years and over

8,855

 

 

High school graduate or higher

8,542

96.5

80.4%

Bachelor's degree or higher

6,169

69.7

24.4%

 

 

 

 

Economic Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

In labor force (population 16 years and over)

6,304

59.9

63.9%

Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over)

17.0

(X)

25.5

Median household income in 1999 (dollars)

64,184

(X)

41,994

Median family income in 1999 (dollars)

107,346

(X)

50,046

Per capita income in 1999 (dollars)

48,055

(X)

21,587

 

 

 

 

Housing Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Single-family owner-occupied homes

2,101

 

 

Median value (dollars)

425,000

(X)

119,600

Median of selected monthly owner costs

(X)

(X)

 

With a mortgage (dollars)

2,345

(X)

1,088

Not mortgaged (dollars)

597

(X)

295

(X) Not applicable.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000


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