Clayton County

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: 285,153
Population Change (since 2010) + 9.7%
Population Forecast (2040) 327,552
Median Household Income $45,172
Unemployment Rate 5.8%
Mean Travel Time to Work 29.7 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 411
Multifamily Building Permits 0

Data Resources

Other Clayton County Resources

ARC Board Members Representing Clayton County

Data Sources

  • 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.