Clayton, New Jersey

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Clayton is a Borough in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 7,139.

What is now Clayton was originally formed as Clayton Township, which was created on February 5, 1858, from portions of Franklin Township. Portions of the township were taken to form Glassboro Township on March 11, 1878. Clayton was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 9, 1887, from portions of Clayton Township. The remainder of Clayton Township was absorbed by the Borough of Clayton on April 14, 1908, and the township was dissolved.[7]



Clayton is located at 39°39′28″N 75°05′17″W / 39.657914°N 75.087983°W / 39.657914; -75.087983 (39.657914, -75.087983).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 7.3 square miles (19.0 km2), of which, 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2) of it (2.31%) is water.

Clayton borders Glassboro, Elk Township, Franklin Township, and Monroe Township.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,139 people, 2,464 households, and 1,884 families residing in the borough. The population density was 994.2 people per square mile (383.9/km2). There were 2,680 housing units at an average density of 373.2/sq mi (144.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 79.23% White, 16.05% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 2.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.28% of the population.

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