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Clayton, Ohio
Talmadge Road
Talmadge Road
"The Learning Community"
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Ohio.
Country United States
State Ohio
Counties Montgomery
 • Total 18.58 sq mi (48.13 km2)
 • Land 18.51 sq mi (47.95 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
1,001 ft (305 m)
 • Total 13,310
 • Density 716.36/sq mi (276.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 937, 326
FIPS code 39-15644
GNIS feature ID 1056811

Clayton is a city in Montgomery county in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 13,310 at the 2020 United States census. A suburb of Dayton. It is part of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The city was named after John Clayton, a War of 1812 veteran.


Clayton is located at 39°51′38.38″N 84°21′18.29″W / 39.8606611°N 84.3550806°W / 39.8606611; -84.3550806 (39.86066, -84.35508).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.60 square miles (48.17 km2), of which 18.51 square miles (47.94 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

In 1998, Clayton annexed the remainder of Montgomery County's Randolph Township.


Clayton was platted in 1816 and at that time was known as Salem. It suffered when the National Road bypassed it. In 1906 it became a stop on the Dayton Northern Traction Line. It became a city in 1998 through merger with the rest of Randolph Township, Montgomery County, Ohio.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 466
1960 550 18.0%
1970 773 40.5%
1980 752 −2.7%
1990 713 −5.2%
2000 13,347 1,771.9%
2010 13,209 −1.0%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 13,209 people, 5,118 households, and 3,766 families living in the city. The population density was 713.6 inhabitants per square mile (275.5/km2). There were 5,423 housing units at an average density of 293.0 per square mile (113.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.5% White, 18.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 5,118 households, of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.4% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 32.7% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

In fiction

Part of Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead is set at Clayton. In the early 1930s the novel's male protagonist, the controversial architect Howard Roark, gets a contract to build in Clayton the fictional Janer's Department Store, a five-story building. Later on Roark's beloved, Dominique Francon, comes seeking him there, and feels that in a sense Clayton "belongs to her more than to any of its inhabitants" because her beloved is there.

The book presents Clayton as the archetype of "Middle America", the polar opposite of the cosmopolitan New York City where most of the plot takes place.


Clayton is served by Montgomery County's Northmont City School District, which operates the following schools:

  • Northmont High School
  • Northmont Middle School
  • Englewood Elementary
  • Englewood Hills Elementary
  • Northmoor Elementary
  • Northwood Elementary
  • Union Elementary
  • Kleptz Early Learning Center

Notable people

  • Jesse "Pop" Haines – member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Chris Hero – professional wrestler, ROH tag team champion Ring of Honor
  • Johnnie Wilder, Jr. – former lead singer of the funk group Heatwave.
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