The schools are bad, but I don't think that will hold the county back. Decatur, East Atlanta and East Point have experienced revitalization despite terrible schools. The bottom line is that there is no rational reason for the low housing prices in Clayton given our location and access to downtown Atlanta and the airport. Crime is no worse here than in DeKalb or Fulton. We do lack in amenities, but that will change as people move here and housing prices increase. Traffic is much better here than in most of Atlanta.
The days of people moving further and further out from the city core are over. It is absurd to move to Butts, Barrow, Jefferson, Carroll or any other far-flung location just to spend your life sitting in traffic. The Millennials are smarter than you think and they will discover Clayton. The secret is out.