Clayton is a city in and the county seat of St. Louis CountyMissouri, United States,[6] and borders the city of St. Louis. The population was 15,939 at the 2010 census.[7] The city was organized in 1877 and is named after Ralph Clayton,[8]who donated the land for the courthouse. The city is known for its multiple skyscrapers in its business district.

Clayton is governed via six member board of aldermen and a mayor. Aldermen are elected from one of three wards with each electing two members. The mayor is elected in a citywide vote. A city clerk is appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.[citation needed]

The town has a police department headed by Kevin R. Murphy.[11]

Armstrong TeasdaleCaleres (owner of Famous Footwear and,[12]
 CenteneEnterprise Rent-a-Car,[13] Cassidy TurleyOlin,[14] and Straub's Markets are headquartered in Clayton.[15][16] The unemployment rate in 2012 is 3.4%.[10]
The city's neighborhoods include Claverach Park, Clayton Gardens, Clayshire, DeMun, Davis Place, Hillcrest, Moorlands, Old Town, Tanglewood, Downtown Clayton, Polo, Wydown Forest, Wydown Terrace, Forsyth and Washington University.
Clayton's downtown business district has numerous art galleries, boutiques, fine restaurants, and cafes with outdoor seating.[17] The city hosts major cultural and culinary events such as the St. Louis Art Fair and the Taste of Clayton food festival.[18]

Public transportation

Blue Line MetroLink train bound for Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 station passes by downtown Clayton. The train is travelling in the median of Forest Park Parkway.

Clayton is served by the Metrolink light rail system. The city has two stations along the Blue LineClayton, and Forsyth. Metro also operates bus services in Clayton.

Major roads and highways

Major roads and highways in Clayton include Interstate 170Brentwood BoulevardHanley Road, and Forest Park Parkway.[19] Old Bonhomme (renamed Forsythe Boulevard when it changes from North-South to East-West direction) in North Clayton is an ancient Native American trail. Wydown Boulevard in Clayton was called one of the nation's most dignified streets in the AIA Architecture Guide to St. Louis.


Clayton, Missouri
Downtown Clayton.jpg
Location in Missouri
Location in Missouri
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 38°38′43″N 90°19′55″WCoordinates38°38′43″N 90°19′55″W
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Settled 1877
Incorporated 1913
 • Type Mayor-council city
 • Total 2.48 sq mi (6.42 km2)
 • Land 2.48 sq mi (6.42 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
568 ft (173 m)
 • Total 15,939
 • Estimate 
 • Density 6,400/sq mi (2,500/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 314
FIPS code 29-14572[4]
GNIS feature ID 0755896[5]
Website City of Clayton

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