Clayton, Missouri is a premier St. Louis suburb that is known for its service delivery and overall quality of life. Exceptional community services, ample parks and greenspace, and award-winning public schools, only further contribute to the City's appeal. The safe, suburban community just west of St. Louis offers exceptional residential neighborhoods within walking distance of business districts, offices, restaurants, galleries, and specialty boutiques and shops.
Known for its impressive cityscape, Clayton’s business community includes over seven million square feet of office space and boasts one of the highest commercial occupancy rates in the region. Notable businesses headquartered in Clayton include Caleres, Centene Corporation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Commerce Bank, Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Olin Corporation, Apex Oil, and Graybar. Clayton’s daytime population triples to approximately 46,000, thanks, in part, to the City’s thriving business district.
While the City maintains a flourishing business district, it has also devoted over 70 acres to passive and active park areas. More than 80 percent of Clayton’s land is dedicated to residential or park use. Shaw Park is home to an ice rink, aquatic center, tennis center, multiple gardens, and the Center of Clayton community recreation center—which offers state-of-the-art facilities and programs.
Cultural and culinary amenities abound in Clayton. With events such as the nationally recognized Saint Louis Art Fair, Parties in the Park, and the Music and Wine Festival, entertainment is never out of reach. World-class public art adds to the City’s cultural amenities with works by Pierre Auguste Renoir, Carl Milles, Ernest Trova, Fernando Botero, Howard Ben Tre, and Alice Aycock.
With its central location and accessibility via several major thoroughfares, convenience is one of Clayton's main attractions. This convenience is enhanced by MetroLink’s light rail route, with two passenger stations facilitating travel to and from Clayton. Additionally, St. Louis Lambert International Airport is located only 12 minutes from Clayton. The St. Louis area's finest attractions, including the iconic Gateway Arch, are within a 15-minute drive of the City.
The School District of Clayton is amongst the top public-school districts in the entire country, having won numerous national and state-level awards. Three higher education institutions—Fontbonne University, Concordia Seminary, and portions of Washington University—also call Clayton home.