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Clayton, Louisiana
Town of Clayton
Clayton Cotton Gin
Clayton Cotton Gin
Location of Clayton in Concordia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Clayton in Concordia Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Concordia
 • Total 1.64 sq mi (4.23 km2)
 • Land 1.58 sq mi (4.10 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
56 ft (17 m)
 • Total 584
 • Density 369.15/sq mi (142.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-15850
Clayton, LA, welcome sign IMG 0284
Clayton welcome sign

Clayton is a town in northern Concordia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 711 at the 2010 census. Cotton is a principal commodity in the area. Clayton is located on the Tensas River, important for fishing and boating, promoted through a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-maintained boat launch. The Tensas River merges with the Black River in Jonesville in Catahoula Parish.

Louisiana State Representative Andy Anders is from Clayton and Ferriday.

Among the businesses in the community are Cross Keys Bank and David's Grocery.

A major employer in the town was Clayton Gin Company which closed in the early 2000s and was mostly demolished in the early 2010s. The Clayton Gin was originally constructed in the 1940s by W. Howard Davis and his brother Doyle E. Davis. The gin operated under the name "Davis Bros. Gin Co.". The last surviving brother, Howard Davis, died in 1972 and the gin continued to operate under the management of his son-in-law Sam D. Cole until his death in 1979. The gin was sold in the early 1980s and continued operation as the "Clayton Gin Company" until the early 2000s.

Tensas River vertical lift bridge, Clayton, LA
The Tensas River at Clayton, Louisiana


Clayton is located in northern Concordia Parish at 31°43′8″N 91°32′20″W / 31.71889°N 91.53889°W / 31.71889; -91.53889 (31.718837, -91.538902), along the south bank of the Tensas River. Catahoula Parish is to the north across the river. U.S. Route 425 passes through the center of the town, leading north 36 miles (58 km) to Winnsboro and south 6 miles (10 km) to Ferriday and 18 miles (29 km) to Natchez, Mississippi. U.S. Route 65 has its southern terminus in Clayton; it leads north 56 miles (90 km) to Tallulah and 998 miles (1,606 km) to its northern terminus in Minnesota.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.63 square miles (4.23 km2), of which 1.58 square miles (4.10 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.14 km2), or 3.24%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 657
1960 882 34.2%
1970 1,103 25.1%
1980 1,204 9.2%
1990 917 −23.8%
2000 858 −6.4%
2010 711 −17.1%
2020 584 −17.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Clayton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 143 24.49%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 426 72.95%
Asian 1 0.17%
Other/Mixed 8 1.37%
Hispanic or Latino 6 1.03%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 584 people, 189 households, and 107 families residing in the town.

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