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Our City

Welcome to the City of Clayton.

Our city is a very special place, with exceptional people who have a deep appreciation for the community’s history, tradition and volunteerism.

In 2014, Clayton celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Incorporation (1964) yet Clayton still retains many of the time-honored characteristics treasured by its founding fathers in 1857.

Nestled at the bucolic base of picturesque Mt. Diablo, Clayton is in close proximity to the greater San Francisco Bay Area with all the amenities, sports and cultural opportunities offered by that choice location.

Clayton is a safe residential community of around 11,288 people. It is a town which values civic partnership with business leaders, community leaders, and our neighbors.

Claytonians turn out in high numbers to celebrate the annual family-friendly festivities such as the Art and Wine Festival, our homespun 4th of July Parade, the annual Rib Cook-off,  the Oktoberfest celebration, and our ever popular Concerts in The Grove summer series on select Saturdays in the beautiful Downtown Park.

Canines and their owners even enjoy the outdoor air at our off-leash Clayton Dog park on east Marsh Creek Road.

Outdoor bocce ball courts in the Clayton Town Center will find friends and families vying for social interaction and first place.

In Clayton, everyone is family. And families are most important. Clayton is simply a great place to live, work and play for people who cherish small-town living and traditional American values.

In this community, crime is low and police are respected. High-quality public and private schools are plentiful. Trails for pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists meander through the City connecting one with another.  Understandably, Clayton has been listed three times running as one of CNN’s Money Magazines “Top 100 Places to Live in the Nation” for small cities.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor to our city, long-time resident, or are considering moving here to reside, raise a family or open a business, we want you to know we are here to help make your stay the highest quality of life one can enjoy.