Courthouse Square in Clayton
Location in Barbour County and the state of Alabama
|• Total||6.7 sq mi (17.3 km2)|
|• Land||6.7 sq mi (17.3 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||591 ft (180 m)|
|• Density||450/sq mi (173.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0116206|
Clayton has been the county seat since 1834, two years after the creation of Barbour County. Clayton is located geographically in the center of the county. The town was located at the headwaters of the Pea and Choctawhatchee rivers on the historic road from Hobdy's Bridge over the Pea River to Eufaula on the Chattahoochee River. By 1818, there were a few settlers in the area around Clayton, but settlement began in earnest around 1823. The town was named for Augustine S. Clayton, a Georgia jurist and congressman. Clayton became the county seat of Barbour County in 1833 and was laid out on a central courthouse square plan. The first Circuit Court was held in Clayton on September 23, 1833. The Clayton post office was established in September 1835 with John F. Keener as postmaster. Clayton, with a population of 200, was incorporated on December 21, 1841, by the Alabama Legislature. Its first mayor, after incorporation, was John Jackson.
Clayton has a rich heritage with four properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Clayton is also known for its Whiskey Bottle Tombstone, which was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not!.
Clayton is located at 31°52'39.014" North, 85°26'56.486" West (31.877504, -85.449024).
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,475 people, 593 households, and 393 families residing in the town. The population density was 270.5 inhabitants per square mile (104.4 /km2). There were 704 housing units at an average density of 129.1 per square mile (49.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 63.93% Black or African American, 34.85% White, 0.20% Native American, 0.41% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 593 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 27.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $25,750. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,791. About 29.3% of families and 31.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.5% of those under age 18 and 29.8% of those age 65 or over.
Clayton is served by Barbour County Schools. Barbour County High School and Barbour County Primary School are located in the town of Clayton.
- Tyrone 'Ty' Adams (born 1949), playwright (Conecuh, Wallace: The Clayton Years)
- George W. Andrews (1906–1971), U.S. House of Representatives
- Billy Beasley, Alabama politician
- Jere Beasley (born 1935), two-term Lieutenant Governor of Alabama and acting Governor of Alabama
- Bertram Tracy Clayton (1862–1918), U.S. House of Representatives representing New York and U.S. Army officer killed in World War I
- Henry DeLamar Clayton, Sr. (1827–1889), major general in the Confederate army; President of the University of Alabama
- Henry De Lamar Clayton, Jr. (1857–1929), U.S. House of Representatives, author of the Clayton Antitrust Act
- Travis Grant (born 1950), college and professional basketball player
- Draffus Lamar Hightower (1899–1993), photographer, recorded changes to Barbour County through the 20th century
- Clarence Clement "Shovel" Hodge (1893–1967), Major League Baseball pitcher
- John E. Horne (1908–1985), Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
- McDowell Lee, Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
- Albert J. Lingo, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety from 1963 to 1965
- Ann Lowe (1899–1981), designer of wedding dress for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis for her marriage to John F. Kennedy
- James Sammons (1927–2001), chairman of the Board of Trustees and later Executive Vice President of the American Medical Association
- George Wallace (1919–1998), Governor of Alabama and U.S. presidential candidate
- George C. Wallace, Jr. (born 1951), Alabama State Treasurer
- Lurleen Wallace (1926–1968), Governor of Alabama 1926-1968
- Ariosto A. Wiley, U.S. Representative from 1901 to 1908
The Barbour County Courthouse is located in Clayton.
The Miller-Martin Town House was built in 1859 by John H. Miller. This Gothic Revival townhouse is noteworthy for its hand-painted murals on the entrance hall ceiling which depict the four seasons as well as other designs on the parlor and dining hall ceilings. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1974.
The Henry D. Clayton House was built around 1850 and served as the home of Confederate General Henry D. Clayton, Sr., former President of the University of Alabama, as well as his son Henry D. Clayton, Jr., a legislator, a judge and the author of the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976.
The Grace Episcopal Church is a Gothic Revival-style building. It was completed on February 26, 1876, at which time the property was deeded by the Clayton family to the Protestant Episcopal Church of the State of Alabama. Bishop Richard J. Wilmer formally consecrated the church on November 14, 1876. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1995.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Clayton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. 
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- "Fact Sheet: Clayton town, Alabama". American Fact Finder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- Small Town Historic Markers, Alabama Tourism Department, retrieved 2011-10-31
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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- To Remember a Vanishing World: D.L. Hightower's Photography of Barbour County, Alabama, 1930 - 1965. Thomason, Michael V.R. and Michael Thomason,University of Alabama Press (1997) ISBN 0-945477-11-2
- Climate Summary for Clayton, Alabama