Clayton, New York, is a small town in the Thousand Island Region of Jefferson County. It's a peninsula surrounded by the St. Lawrence River and close to the Lake Ontario, with Canada as the northern border. The town measures over 100 square miles, including 20 miles of water and several of the Thousand Islands. Clayton's entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For such a small community with a population of just under 2,000 year-round residents, Clayton has received a lot of recognition. Coastal Living Magazine named Clayton as the Best Small Town in the Great Lakes Region, it has also been recognized as one of America's "Coolest Small Towns" by Budget Travel Magazine, and Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, designated it as one of the newest "Preserve America Communities".