had the honor of receiving Walking
Magazine's 1998 award as one of the five most walkable small
cities in America.
Clayton has approximately 400 acres of open space and affords a
variety of recreational activities in the area including horseback
riding, water skiing, swimming, tennis, and championship golf.
addition, Clayton is adjacent to Mt. Diablo State Park. There are 17
miles of walking and hiking trails within the Clayton Trail System.
The Trail System connects to
Bay Regional Park District's Black Diamond, Bruce Lee and Back
Canyon Trails. The Trail System is also part of the statewide
Coast-to-Coast Trail, and ties into the American Discovery Trail
which goes from Point Reyes on the Pacific Coast to Delaware Bay on
the Atlantic Coast.
Nestled in the majestic foothills of Mount
Diablo, scenic Clayton is rich in history. Founded in 1857, Clayton
has retained its historic town center with its award winning City
Hall housed in the renovated DeMartini Winery. Yet, Clayton has
built a new Community Library and Middle School. The City
incorporated in 1964 and is approximately 4.2 square miles in size.
Clayton has a temperate climate and is famed for its friendly
ambiance and sweeping mountain views.
has a total of 3,883 households with 83% being family households and
95% are owner-occupied.
Clayton is a family community with 30% under 18 years of age and 50%
between the ages of 30 and 60. Over 79% of the residents have a
college education and are in management, professional or technical
fields. The average household income is $104,200. Clayton also
enjoys the lowest crime rate in the nine Bay Area counties.
Historic Downtown Clayton boasts a variety of dining establishments
and quaint shops. Since 1991, the Clayton Station Shopping Center
has provided a major food store and drug store along with
restaurants and specialty shops for Clayton residents.
Clayton has preserved its Old West heritage within its historic
downtown area. The area boasts several historic buildings. The newly
renovated DeMartini Winery (built in 1885), is being used as the new
City Hall and won the 1998 Governor's Historic Preservation Award
and the 1998 California Preservation Foundation Design Award for
Other historic buildings include the Clayton Historical Museum and
the original City Hall and Post Office buildings now occupied by
local businesses. Future renovation of the historic Endeavor Hall
and Keller House are planned.
City of Clayton
Mt. Diablo School District