Latest Data (2017)
Population 21,405
Nationwide Rank 1717

Quick Facts

Clayton, North Carolina is the 1,717th largest city in the United States as of 2017.

Clayton, North Carolina is a town.

Clayton, North Carolina is as large as it has ever been. In 2017 Clayton had its largest population ever.

Clayton, North Carolina is growing extremely quickly. It is growing faster than 96% of similarly sized cities since 2000.

Clayton, North Carolina Border Map

Similarly Sized Cities In US

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2017
1707 Sedalia, Missouri 21,568 6.0%
1708 Johnston, Iowa 21,562 139.7%
1709 Carrboro, North Carolina 21,544 21.6%
1710 Shelbyville, Tennessee 21,532 31.7%
1711 Golden Valley, Minnesota 21,520 5.7%
1712 Chillicothe, Ohio 21,499 -2.9%
1713 Biddeford, Maine 21,488 2.0%
1714 Perrysburg, Ohio 21,482 21.7%
1715 Mukilteo, Washington 21,469 18.5%
1716 Lino Lakes, Minnesota 21,407 26.0%
1717 Clayton, North Carolina 21,405 149.0%
1718 Albertville, Alabama 21,392 22.7%
1719 Union City, Georgia 21,370 78.2%
1720 Klamath Falls, Oregon 21,359 9.2%
1721 Mountlake Terrace, Washington 21,337 4.3%
1722 Nixa, Missouri 21,321 71.6%
1723 Arvin, California 21,270 63.6%
1724 Lexington, South Carolina 21,265 99.3%
1725 Mustang, Oklahoma 21,222 60.3%
1726 Happy Valley, Oregon 21,196 242.7%
1727 Oxford, Alabama 21,180 11.1%

Similarly Sized Cities In North Carolina

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2017
903 Wake Forest 42,269 223.2%
939 Hickory 40,611 7.7%
990 Indian Trail 38,980 186.1%
1021 Mooresville 37,820 94.0%
1095 Holly Springs 35,223 247.9%
1098 Goldsboro 35,197 -12.3%
1099 Monroe 35,065 28.0%
1132 Salisbury 33,849 10.6%
1191 Matthews 32,117 39.1%
1282 New Bern 29,590 27.1%
1293 Sanford 29,313 24.9%
1297 Cornelius 29,191 105.9%
1309 Garner 28,858 53.2%
1347 Fuquay-Varina 27,906 240.4%
1399 Mint Hill 26,748 54.8%
1408 Statesville 26,657 13.2%
1411 Thomasville 26,615 8.5%
1423 Morrisville 26,461 375.2%
1451 Asheboro 25,863 16.4%
1546 Kernersville 24,386 29.3%
1709 Carrboro 21,544 21.6%
1717 Clayton 21,405 149.0%
1741 Lumberton 21,040 -0.3%
1782 Kinston 20,509 -13.8%
1792 Clemmons 20,420 29.0%
1818 Shelby 20,018 -3.9%
1820 Havelock 20,008 -10.9%
1823 Leland 19,976 384.5%
1884 Boone 19,205 41.9%
1919 Lexington 18,775 -5.7%
1988 Lenoir 17,943 -1.0%
2007 Elizabeth City 17,756 2.9%
2114 Morganton 16,519 -5.1%
2159 Hope Mills 16,135 32.3%
2171 Pinehurst 16,028 63.4%
2179 Albemarle 15,977 -0.2%
2187 Knightdale 15,849 151.0%
2197 Harrisburg 15,728 234.9%
2206 Stallings 15,647 117.1%
2210 Mount Holly 15,635 61.5%
2259 Laurinburg 15,156 -5.0%
2262 Waxhaw 15,147 391.1%
2271 Eden 15,041 -5.1%
2274 Mebane 14,973 95.9%
2290 Henderson 14,852 -9.1%
2292 Graham 14,814 11.9%
2294 Roanoke Rapids 14,787 -12.9%
2370 Southern Pines 14,029 26.2%
2386 Hendersonville 13,954 21.9%
2393 Lewisville 13,913 18.6%
2401 Reidsville 13,857 -5.4%
2509 Newton 13,098 3.0%
2580 Davidson 12,684 74.7%
2593 Spring Lake 12,580 0.6%
2636 Smithfield 12,309 11.5%
2677 Belmont 12,046 35.3%
2771 Archdale 11,518 26.5%
2831 Summerfield 11,198 62.9%
2880 Tarboro 10,856 -3.2%
2890 Kings Mountain 10,791 4.8%
2892 Lincolnton 10,776 6.6%
2893 Weddington 10,773 59.0%

Demographics

Population History

Year Population Rank in US
2017 21,405 1,717
2016 20,260 1,791
2015 19,304 1,849
2014 18,445 1,913
2013 17,694 1,970
2012 17,031 2,008
2011 16,632 2,029
2010 16,116 2,065
2009 16,362 2,014
2008 15,636 2,073
2007 14,700 2,165
2006 13,644 2,270
2005 12,793 2,366
2004 12,027 2,460
2003 11,265 2,561
2002 10,890 2,623
2001 9,970 2,774
2000 8,594 3,075
1990 4,712 4,229