Clayton, New Mexico

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Clayton is a town in Union County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 2,524 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Union County[1]. Tourists heading from Texas to Colorado often pass through Clayton, which is located in the northeast corner of New Mexico.

Clayton is named for a son of U.S. Senator Stephen W. Dorsey, an Arkansas Republican, originally from Ohio, who served during Reconstruction. The town was established in 1887. Trade caravans and homesteaders traveling through the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail passed through Clayton. The town was a livestock shipping center for herds from the Pecos River and the Texas Panhandle.[2]

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Geography and climate

Clayton is located at 36°26′59″N 103°10′51″W / 36.44972°N 103.18083°W / 36.44972; -103.18083 (36.449835, -103.180756)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.2 km²).

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,524 people, 1,079 households, and 691 families residing in the town. The population density was 535.7 people per square mile (206.9/km²). There were 1,289 housing units at an average density of 273.6/sq mi (105.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.36% White, 1.07% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 20.44% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46.47% of the population.

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