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With a population of 15,935 residential citizens, the City of Clayton operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Seven elected officials include the Mayor and six members of the Board of Aldermen, two from each of the City's three Wards. City staff totals 180 full-time employees and approximately 250 part-time employees. Day to day responsibilities are managed by eight City departments: Administration, Finance, Fire, Information Technology, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Development Services, Police, and Public Works.


Clayton's central business district combines 7,000,000 square feet of prestigious office space with the vitality of 1,000,000 square feet of retail space. The retail community includes 86 award-winning restaurants and 225 charming shops, boutiques and personal service businesses.

County Seat

In addition to having shopping and dining close at hand, a Clayton business address provides proximity the St. Louis County Government Center, which is located in the heart of Clayton's business district.


Social Characteristics Estimate
Average household size 2.17
Average family size 2.86
Population 25 years and over 8,986
Bachelor’s Degree 32%
Graduate or Professional Degree 39%
Household population 11,425
Economic Characteristics Estimate
In labor force (population 16 years and over) 6,550
Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over) 17.9
Median household income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars) 83,940
Median family income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars) 129,583
Per capita income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars) 50,375
Housing Characteristics Estimate
Total housing units 6,229
Occupied housing units 5,271
Owner-occupied housing units 3,239
Renter-occupied housing units 2,032
Vacant housing units 958
Owner-occupied homes 3,239
Median value (dollars) 571,700
Median of selected monthly owner costs
With a mortgage (dollars) 2,797
Not mortgaged (dollars) 1,000+

ACS Demographic Estimates Estimate
Total population 16,039
Male 8,295
Female 7,744
Median age (years) 28.9
Under 5 years 525
18 years and over 13,260
65 years and over 1,748
One race 15,733
White 12,875
Black or African American 1,446
American Indian and Alaska Native 20
Asian 1,221
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 60
Some other race 111
Two or more races 306
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 379

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2009 American Community Survey

For St. Louis metropolitan statistics please visit the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.