Within two and a half square miles, Clayton blends a bustling district with an outstanding housing mix. The central business district combines 7,000,000 square feet of prestigious office space with the vitality of 1,000,000 square feet of retail space. Clayton’s charming residential neighborhoods include stately single-family homes, condominiums and multi-family apartment dwellings. Much of the residential area is within walking distance of specialty boutiques, shops and cafes, which complement the fine architecture of Clayton’s bustling business district. Although the City maintains a thriving business district, it has also devoted 60+ acres to passive and active park areas.
Clayton is the hub of metropolitan St. Louis and the seat of St. Louis County. With its convenient access to several interstates and major arteries, it is just twelve minutes from Lambert International Airport and downtown St. Louis. The Cross County MetroLink Extension through downtown Clayton further enhances its outstanding quality of life and viability as the region’s second downtown. In addition to having shopping and dining close at hand, a Clayton business address also provides the availability of the County Government Center, which is located in the heart of Clayton’s business district.
The population was 15,939 at the 2010 census. The city was organized in 1877 and is named after Ralph Clayton, who donated the land for the courthouse. The St. Louis area’s finest attractions are within a 15 minute drive of Clayton: the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium (home of the baseball Cardinals), the Edward Jones Dome (home to the St. Louis Rams), the St. Louis Art Museum, Muny Opera, St. Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Zoo, Powell Symphony Hall, Fox Theatre, Scottrade Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The newly renovated Forest Park is just to the east of Clayton.
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