Clayton, Missouri

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Clayton is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis and the county seat of St. Louis County, Missouri. It is the Western "satellite city" of St. Louis. The population was 12,825 at the 2000 census. The city was organized in 1877 and is named after Ralph Clayton, who donated the land for the courthouse.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), all of it land.


The architecture of Clayton reflects its economic activity and eras of growth: dozens of 10-story and 20-story buildings rise in an anonymous 1960s modernist style, overlooking masonry mansions and apartment buildings built in the 1920s.[citation needed]


In the St. Louis region, Clayton is well known for housing a wealthy and educated young professional, often dual-income population.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,825 people, 5,370 households, and 2,797 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,164.4 people per square mile (1,996.7/km²). There were 5,852 housing units at an average density of 2,356.5/sq mi (911.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.94% White, 7.77% African American, 0.12% Native American, 5.62% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

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