Clawson is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, its population was 11,825.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all of which is land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,732 people, 5,572 households, and 3,259 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,787.0 people per square mile (2,234.5/km²). There were 5,676 housing units at an average density of 2,579.9 per square mile (996.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.10% White, 0.80% African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic and Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.