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Clayton (T)

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. Majority of the population is concentrated in the southern portion around New York City, the state is often regionalized into Upstate and Downstate. New York is the home of Ellis Island, where many immigrants in the early 20th century arrived in the United States.

Clayton is a town in Jefferson County, New York, USA on the Saint Lawrence River just beyond Lake Ontario. Across the river lies Ontario, Canada. The population of the town was 4,817 at the 2000 census. The village is named after statesman John M. Clayton. The village of Clayton was long home to Frink Snow Plows until the plant closed in the 1980s. Today, Clayton is a small town with a thriving summer tourism business. It is a popular launching point for tours of the Thousand Islands, and is home to the well-known Antique Boat Museum and Clayton Opera House.
Clayton, together with nearby Cape Vincent, New York and Alexandria Bay, are popular tourist towns on the New York mainland side of the thousand islands region. The town of Clayton contains a village named Clayton. The town is on the northern border of the county, and the northern part of the town is a vacation area stretching along the adjacent river banks.
The area was first settled around 1801. The town was formed from parts of the town of Orleans and Lyme in 1833. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 269.4 square kilometers, from which 213.8 square kilometers of it is covered by land and 55.6 square kilometers is covered by water.
The town includes one of the larger thousand Islands, Grindstone Island, along with smaller islands, such as Bluff Island, Grenell Island, Maple Island, Pictan Island, and Round Island. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,817 people, 1,914 households, and 1,335 families residing in the town. The population density was 22.5 per square kilometers.

There were 3,337 housing units at an average density of 15.6 per square kilometers. The racial makeup of the town was 97.24 percent white, 0.93 percent Black or African American, 0.35 percent Native American, 0.23 percent Asian and 0.10 percent Pacific Islander. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and pursue enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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