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Clayton, Indiana
Town Hall
Town Hall
Location of Clayton in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Location of Clayton in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Hendricks
Township Liberty
 • Total 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Land 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
876 ft (267 m)
 • Total 908
 • Density 1,396.92/sq mi (539.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 317
FIPS code 18-13366
GNIS feature ID 0432598
Welcome to Clayton
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Clayton is a small town in Liberty Township, Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 972 at the 2010 census, up from 693 at the 2000 census.


In 1829 a little town in Liberty Township was named Clayville, honoring Henry Clay, the Kentucky statesman. In 1835, Clayville consisted of ten houses and 43 people. The Town of Clayville was platted in 1851 by George W. Wills. However, the name was changed to Clayton in 1858 because another Clayville already existed in Dubois County.

The first two houses in Clayton were built by Thomas Potts and Lewis T. Pounds, and Parker & Foote was the first store. George Wills built the first hotel and John Miles and James Worrell developed the first flouring mill. The first train passed through in 1852. By the early 1900s, the town had electric service, supplied by the Danville Light, Heat and Power Co.

The first schoolhouse built in Clayton was erected in 1867. In the spring of 1868, Howard Mitchell started a subscription school in the new building. It was not until 1897 the first high school of the township was built in Cartersburg. In the fall of 1901 the high school was transferred to Clayton, which made it nearer the middle of the township and the center of the school population.

In 1909 the town was incorporated and had a population of 497.


Clayton is located at 39°41′22″N 86°31′22″W / 39.68944°N 86.52278°W / 39.68944; -86.52278 (39.689427, -86.522752).

According to the 2010 census, Clayton has a total area of 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2), all land.


Lambert Park in Clayton is home to the Fall Festival and "Movies in the Park" on Friday evenings.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 145
1910 497
1920 493 −0.8%
1930 561 13.8%
1940 558 −0.5%
1950 598 7.2%
1960 653 9.2%
1970 736 12.7%
1980 703 −4.5%
1990 610 −13.2%
2000 693 13.6%
2010 972 40.3%
2020 908 −6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 972 people, 358 households, and 255 families living in the town. The population density was 1,278.9 inhabitants per square mile (493.8/km2). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 503.9 per square mile (194.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 358 households, of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.8% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age in the town was 34.3 years. 29% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 10.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.


Mill Creek School Corporation is a four-star school system. Three of their four schools are located in Clayton: Mill Creek East Elementary, Cascade Middle School, and Cascade High School, home of the Cadets. In 2018 Cascade won National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary Performance, the only High School to win in the state of Indiana for 2018.

The town has a lending library, the Clayton-Liberty Township Public Library.

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