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Time Zone: Clayton County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Jonesboro is the Seat for Clayton County.

Clayton County was founded in 1858. Clayton was created by taking area from Fayette and 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 last Census (which gave a population of 236,517 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Clayton represented 2.89% of the total population of Georgia, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 159 counties).

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% 
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2000236,517The Last Census

More information can be found on the Clayton County Census Page for Clayton County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Clayton County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Clayton County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Forest Park   21,80921,4471.69% increase  
Riverdale   15,31412,47822.73% increase  
Morrow   5,5714,88214.11% increase  
Jonesboro   4,1613,8298.67% increase  
Lake City   2,6922,8866.72% decrease  

Websites for Clayton County

Official Website:   www.co.clayton.ga.us/

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<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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