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Welcome to Clayton, Missouri, a very special place.

Clayton offers a unique and desirable mix of beautiful and historic neighborhoods – a thriving commercial district – an award-winning Clayton School District – and a commitment to sustainability, green spaces and public art.

Housing stock includes a diversity of living styles, from single-family homes and condominiums to new high-rise apartments. Noted urban planner Henry Wright created neighborhood designs that featured “lifetime living” with the ability to “upsize” and “downsize” within the community, as well as shared park spaces for all to enjoy.

Walkability is a top priority, with most of the residential areas within walking distance of schools, parks, shopping, and outstanding restaurants with award winning chefs. Healthy habits are fostered through a multiplicity of recreational amenities for all ages, from the regulation outdoor pool and outdoor ice rink, located in the jewel of Shaw Park, to trails and playgrounds throughout all three wards. The Center of Clayton was built as a model community center and offers state-of-the-art fitness, athletic and meeting facilities. 

Economic vitality is a draw to the entire Metro St. Louis area, as Clayton is home to several of the nation's leading corporations, and offers a thriving legal and financial community.

Education resources not only include the consistently ranked public school system but also three institutions of higher education: Washington University, Fontbonne University and Concordia Seminary, as well as several pre-schools in area churches.

Sustainability is part of delivering high-level community services. The police station is LEED Certified Platinum and includes one of the first and largest solar panel arrays in the state. Clayton is consistently named a Tree City USA and committed to regional emissions and energy usage goals. Accessibility achievements are award winning.  Public safety is paramount, and the police, fire, ambulance and paramedic services are recognized as some of the best in the region and are internationally accredited.

Since its incorporation in 1913, Clayton has evolved from a small town into a bustling community. Throughout the decades, community participation, residential and business cooperation, and transparent processes have been the hallmarks of success.  I look forward to continuing this proven, result-oriented leadership.

I want to extend a sincere welcome to all,

Michelle Harris



2020 State of the City Address