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The 2000 Census showed that Clayton County had a population of 236,517 people. This represented 2.89% of the total population of Georgia, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 159 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Clayton had a population of 275,772 people. This is an increase of 16.6% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010259,424+9.69%-5.93% since 2009
2009275,772+16.6% 
2008276,009+16.7%+1.21% since 2007
2007272,705+15.3%+1.41% since 2006
2006268,907+13.69%+1.53% since 2005
2005264,866+11.99%+0.97% since 2004
2004262,316+10.91%+1.68% since 2003
2003257,983+9.08%+2.15% since 2002
2002252,560+6.78%+2.15% since 2001
2001247,251+4.54%+4.54% since 2000
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2000236,517The Last Census

Clayton County had 86,461 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Clayton County has a total area<3> of 144.3 square miles [373.7 km²]. Of this total, 142.6 square miles [369.4 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.15%) being water (1.66 square miles [4.29 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Clayton County had a population density of 1,658 people per square mile [640 people/km²], making it the state's 3rd most densely populated county (out of 159 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Clayton County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Clayton and the state of Georgia.

Click here for the Clayton County QuickFact (QF-13063).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Clayton County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
Forest ParkQF-133053621,80921,4471.69%
RiverdaleQF-136546415,31412,47822.73%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Clayton County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
FayetteQF-13113   SW106,78891,26317.01%
FultonQF-13121   N1,033,756816,00626.68%
HenryQF-13151   SE195,370119,34163.71%
RockdaleQF-13247   E84,56970,11120.62%
SpaldingQF-13255   S64,70858,41710.77%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Clayton. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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