Clayton County was formed in 1858 out of portions of Fayette and Henry counties. It was named after Judge Augustin S. Clayton, who served in the Georgia General Assembly.
Notable landmarks include Clayton State University, Spivey Hall, the National Archives at Atlanta and Reynolds Nature Preserve. Large employers include Delta TechOps, Southern Regional Medical Center and Fresh Express.
Clayton’s population, relatively flat in the years following the financial crisis, is growing as the county’s economy strengthens. At 143 square miles, Clayton is the third-smallest county in the state and the second-smallest in the 10-county region, larger only than Rockdale County.
Within Clayton County are the cites of College Park*, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Riverdale.
Clayton County by the Numbers (2017)
|Population Change (since 2010)||+ 9.7%|
|Population Forecast (2040)||327,552|
|Median Household Income||$45,172|
|Mean Travel Time to Work||29.7 minutes|
|Single Family Building Permits||411|
|Multifamily Building Permits||0|
- Neighborhood Nexus Clayton County Data Profile
- Neighborhood Nexus Clayton County Fact Sheet
- Clayton Population & Employment Forecast
- GEEARS Early Childhood Profile for Clayton County
- Metro Atlanta Speaks Data Dashboard
- Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Data Dashboard
Other Clayton County Resources
ARC Board Members Representing Clayton County
- Vacant, Mayor
- Jeffrey Turner, Chair, Clayton County Commission
- Willie Oswalt, Mayor, City of Lake City
- Charlton Bivins (Citizen Member, District 2)
- US Census Bureau, Subcounty Intercensal Population Estimates, 2000 to 2009
- US Census Bureau, County Characteristics Resident Population Estimate, 2010 to 2017
- US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (1-year estimates), 2017
- Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 15 Forecasts, 2015-16
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), 201
* This city belongs to more than one county.