Clayton Real Estate Information

A mostly middle-class suburb of St. Louis, Clayton, Missouri, lies within the confines of and is the county seat to St. Louis County. The city is in the inner ring of the St. Louis metro region, and was home to a population of nearly 13,000 at the 2000 census. The city makes up an area of 2.5 square miles, and its residents have a median household income of almost $65,000.

The community was begun in 1877, and it was named after Ralph Clayton, who donated the land on which the courthouse was built. Clayton incorporated in 1913 and began to grow into what it is today -- a regional business hub and a desirable community to live in. The city is home to several banks and other financial institutions, and it is home to the headquarters of Enterprise Rent-a-Car. The community's easy access to Interstate 170 also gives businesses and residents convenient ways to get quickly in and around the region.

The ten largest companies located in Clayton give a good picture of the city's business lineup, and include Enterprise, Brown Group, Commerce State Bank St. Louis, The Ritz-Carlton-St. Louis, Ernst & Young,Centene Corp., Rehab Care, Graybar Electric, Barry-Wehmiller and Merrill Lynch. Though more than 80 percent of the land in the community is residential or dedicated for park space, Clayton's central business district is quite large, with 7 million square feet of office space and 1 million square feet of retail space.

Clayton residents have easy access into downtown St. Louis, with three stops in the area along the MetroLink light rail system. There are also several bus routes passing through town, connecting riders with in-town spots and other cities in the area. Children living in the city attend one of three public elementary schools, all of which feed intoWydown Middle School and Clayton High School. Fontbonne University and Concordia Seminary of the Lutheran Church are also located here.