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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), all land. Clayton is located at an elevation of 25 feet (7 m). Clayton's first post office opened in 1878. The city incorporated in 1948 and now hosts large businesses like Target and Wal-Mart as well as many shopping centers, public parks including Oak Park, senior housing complexes such as Clayton Manor, restaurants like Jack In The Box,, fast food chains such as Taco Bell. A new library was constructed by the county with a grant from Alameda County Library about two years ago; it is very modern and convenient for residents who live on that side of town. According to City Officials, Clayton's crime rate is lower than average for cities its size because it does not have any commercial areas or high traffic zones which attract criminals; however there are still some problems with gangs due to its proximity to East Oakland/San Leandro where most gang activity occurs.