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Old 12-12-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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I came across Clayton New Mexico in a search for small towns. Is this a viable place for job opportunities and a reasonable cost of living? It appears to be, but you know how an internet search can go Thanks for any responses.
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Old 12-12-2018, 12:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I came across Clayton New Mexico in a search for small towns. Is this a viable place for job opportunities and a reasonable cost of living? It appears to be, but you know how an internet search can go Thanks for any responses.
We have lived in New Mexico for more than 15 years. We don't recall the town of Clayton. But we must have passed through a few times. We live in the Albuquerque area, about 280 miles away from Clayton.

"Clayton is a town and county seat of Union County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,980. Clayton is a crossroads for tourists heading from Texas to Colorado, and Kansas / Oklahoma / Texas to Taos, New Mexico."

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Old 12-12-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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Thank you for the links! Clayton in Union County appears to be in the very northeast corner. It just seemed like a good start for retirement planning.
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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City of Clayton has a website (no idea on its quality): Home.

If you have an inexplicable desire to be surrounded by cars with license plates from 5 different states in approximately even amounts, Clayton's got you covered.

Clayton's got a small downtown, feedlots, cattle ranches, and OOOH! a prison!

So, if the associated vocations with those industries appeal to you, there's plenty of wide open space for you to inhabit. A little too much, maybe.
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:46 PM
 
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Thank you for that perspective If I pick up a need for sketchy living... that sounds like the place to go..... it seemed like a laid back kinda place, not too big but an area that purports to have a number of surrounding places to visit and recreate near. I appreciate your taking the time to provide a comment.
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:56 PM
 
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In my experience it's a small, rural community that's strongly oriented towards ranching and farming. I can't speak to the economy in any detail. In addition to the things Zoidberg mentioned, there are at least a couple of tourist attractions including Clayton Lake State Park.
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:04 PM
 
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I currently live in a small farming community, trying to think ahead a bit and look for a winter place to retire. I don't need a lot of shopping, just some outdoor activities.... and a few things that would lure my kids to visit if I was there

Planning a visit has been challenging, thus some opinion gathering to see if it would be worth it.

thank you for taking the time to comment!
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Old 12-12-2018, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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"A winter place to retire", meaning without much winter? Where have you lived for comparison? Clayton gets a lot of snow and plenty of cold in winter. It's very remote and far from major airports which might make it hard for your kids to get to. Don't know where they're coming from.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:45 AM
 
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I currently live in southern Minnesota, and have also lived in Alaska, so snow and cold no big deal, looking for a shorter winter
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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I currently live in southern Minnesota, and have also lived in Alaska, so snow and cold no big deal, looking for a shorter winter
My advice is don't skimp on the shorter winter.

Clayton is on the cold, damp and flat side of a warm, dry and mountainous state.
For my money, I'd pick almost anywhere else in NM (Las Vegas and Roswell wouldn't make my cut though).
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