Settlers began coming to the Clayhatchee area as early as the 1830s. By 1878, the community had expanded enough that Thomas Sidney Mills, a returning Civil War veteran, applied for a post office to be opened there. After it was granted, the post office’s name was created from a combination of “Clay” from Little Claybank Creek and “hatchee” from the Choctawhatchee River to form Clayhatchee. Clayhatchee was incorporated in April 1967. The town hall was built in 1972.
According to 2020 Census estimates, Clayhatchee recorded a population of 744. Of that number, 96.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 4.3 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 2.2 percent as African American, 0.5 percent as Asian, and 0.4 percent as two or more races. The town’s median household income was $45,724, and the per capita income was $24,374.
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Clayhatchee was divided among the following industrial categories:
- Construction (17.6 percent)
- Educational services and health care and social assistance (16.7 percent)
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (13.7 percent)
- Manufacturing (12.8 percent)
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (8.1 percent)
- Other services, except public administration (6.3 percent)
- Public administration (6.0 percent)
- Information (4.8 percent)
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (3.6 percent)
- Retail trade (3.6 percent)
- Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.7 percent)
- Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (2.4 percent)
- Wholesale trade (1.8 percent)
Students in Clayhatchee attend Dale County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
State Highway 92 bisects Clayhatchee running east-west, and State Highway 85 runs north from town.
Events and Places of Interest
Clayhatchee maintains a community center and one municipal park, which was built in 1975.
Dale County Heritage Book Committee. Heritage of Dale County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, Inc., 2001.
McGee, Val L. Claybank Memories: A History of Dale County, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: Dale County Historical Society, Inc., 1989.