The city of Clayton may be known for its business district and beautiful skyline filled with multiple skyscrapers, but it’s the city’s culture, thriving with European-style outdoor cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and fine restaurants that make this community a center of economic prosperity and urban flair nestled among peaceful neighborhoods.

Parks and Recreation

The Shaw Park Aquatic Center is a three pool complex featuring a competitive pool, diving tank, and zero depth children’s pool and offers classes throughout the summer. During the colder months the Shaw Park Ice Rink, one of the last operational outdoor ice rinks in the St. Louis metro area offers open public skating as well as scheduled freestyle, puck & stick skating, birthday parties and group rentals.

The Center of Clayton is 149,000 square feet of recreation and fitness space including four gyms, aquatic facilities, suspended jogging track, weight lifting equipment, aerobic/dance areas, a 30-foot climbing wall, a Subway sandwich station, plus many additional meeting rooms for resident activities.


Clayton includes the neighborhoods Claverach Park, Clayton Gardens, Clayshire, DeMun, Davis Place, Hillcrest, Moorlands, Old Town, Downtown Clayton, Polo, Wydown Forest, Wydown Terrace, Forsyth and Washington University.

According to the most recent information from CityData, the median household income for homes in Clayton was $83,006 compared to the state of Missouri’s average of $45,229.

The median house and condo values for homes in Clayton was $591,955 compared to the state of Missouri’s average at $139,700.

The city’s population as of 2011 was at 15,936.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Colleges and universities near Clayton include Washington University, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, Webster University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University-Main Campus, and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, all in St. Louis, and St. Louis Community College-Meramec in Kirkwood.

Passenger train service is provided by Amtrak with two stations nearby. The Kirkwood Train Station is located at 110 W. Argonne Rd in Kirkwood, and the St. Louis station at 550 S. 16th St. in St. Louis. Clayton is also served by light rail through Metro Transit.

Bus service is also provided by Metro Transit which connects Kirkwood and all the suburbs to St. Louis.

Hospital and medical facilities near Clayton include SSM St. Mary’s Health Center about 2 miles away in Richmond Heights, Forest Park Hospital about 4 miles away in St. Louis, and Barnes Jewish Hospital, also about 4 miles away in St. Louis.

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