Drayton is a city in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. The population was 824 at the 2010 census. Drayton was founded in 1878.
Drayton is located at 48°33′40″N 97°10′46″W (48.561091, -97.179414).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.65 square miles (1.68 km2), all land.
Drayton was originally called Hastings Landing. It was given its present name by Canadian settlers from Drayton, Ontario. A drawbridge, built in anticipation of riverboat traffic returning to the upper Red River, was built in 1911 to connect Drayton to Minnesota. Because of low river levels the riverboats never materialized, with the result that the drawbridge never needed to be raised.
The main employer in the area is American Crystal Sugar, which operates a sugar refinery on the outskirts of town, providing 140 year round and 75 seasonal jobs.
As of the census of 2010, there were 824 people, 389 households, and 225 families living in the city. The population density was 1,267.7 inhabitants per square mile (489.5/km2). There were 422 housing units at an average density of 649.2 per square mile (250.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races.