Clayton County was formed from western Fayette and eastern Henry counties in 1858 and named after a prominent local judge and state legislator: Augustin S. Clayton.
More than 271,000 citizens call Clayton County home, making it the fifth most populous county in the state. Seven municipalities are located within Clayton County: College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Riverdale. Clayton County boasts metro Atlanta’s booming southern crescent, and is just minutes south of downtown Atlanta. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Clayton College and State University (Spivey Hall), Clayton County National Park, Newman Wetlands Center, Georgia Archives/National Archives Southeast Region, Fort Gilem, Southern Regional Hospital, the State Farmers Market, and Clayton County Performing Arts Center all call Clayton County home.
Clayton County is known for its modern urban living and its old southern charm, and that’s the reason why tourism is an important contributor to the county’s economy with more than 181 historic sites, including significant Civil War battle sites, and Margaret Mitchell framing Clayton as the home of the fictional “Tara”.
Transportation assets second to none, Clayton County is at the unique juncture of US Interstates 75, 85, 285, and 675 and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The world’s largest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport employs more than 55,300 persons working in ground transportation, security, concessionaire, and airline, federal and local government.
Clayton County is also home to the largest convention and exhibitor facility in Georgia, the Georgia International Convention & Trade Center in College Park, which features 329,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The Clayton County School System has the only bilingual public school in the state, and the one-of-a-kind Connect-Ed, which is a vehicle used to stay in touch with parents. Teachers are among the state’s highest qualified and encourage students to excel in academic achievement. Clayton State University (CSU) is the higher education institution in the community and a major asset to the county. CSU now offers a Masters of Business Administration degree program and has built 3 new buildings including a 451 bed student housing structure, new School of Business College and a new 62, 000 sq ft. student activity center. The diversity of the population is an asset and the citizens in Clayton are committed to making the community better for everyone.
Community leadership programs are a top priority in Clayton County. Among the programs Clayton County offers are Leadership Clayton, Clayton Youth Leadership, and the Grassroots Leadership Program.