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Clayton, DE is a Census-Designated Place: a region that is recognized for census purposes but is not technically a town or a city. While the Lenape people have occupied the area since before 1200, the area saw population growth from colonization beginning in the 1600s. The region was dubbed Claymont in 1856 when a reverend from West Virginia settled in the area and renamed the settlement after his family’s plantation. In 2020, the population of Clayton was estimated to be approximately 9,895.
Census Designated Places. (n.d.). Census.Gov. Retrieved July 11, 2022, from https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/bas/information/cdp.html