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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$66,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$636
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%

Dayton Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    525
    283
  • Murder
    26
    6
  • Rape
    104
    41
  • Robbery
    354
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,618
    500
  • Theft
    3,032
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    509
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$28,745
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

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I have enjoyed the Dayton Area! There are wonderful museums (like the National Air Force Museum or the Boonshoft Discovery Museum.) The Metro Parks are amazing with walking and bike trails, water, gardens, and activity and cook-out sites! There are numerous theatres and music venues here or nearby. Like much of life, it has to be balanced with wisdom and practicality. I would need to add these considerations (if being completely honest): like much of the Mid-West, the air quality especially from the rivers cause breathing issues/allergies for some (but not all); and that, like many cities, the drug culture needs to be watched (though it has not been problematic for me or for my friends--even those with children in school, but being aware and choosing carefully is sometimes needed.
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What I love about Dayton, Ohio is that for a medium sized city 141,000 people and 799,000 people in the Dayton Metropolitan area Dayton, Ohio is on the map and it is being noticed by the world. Dayton is home to the Dayton International Peace Museum, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Premier Health, Kettering Health Network, Kroger Company, CareSource Health and Insurance which are great resources and places to work or volunteer. Dayton is known for and has produced some great names in the Entertainment industry including Nancy Cartwright from the cartoon The Simpsons, Willis "Bing " Davis a visual artist and educator, Dorian Harewood and Allison Janney highly acclaimed actors, Toccara Jones a well known fashion model and television personality known for America's Next Top Model, Gordon Jump and Gary Sandy known for WKRP in Cincinnati classic sitcom, Chad and Rob Lowe actors known by many fans. Innovators John H Patterson, The Wright Brothers and Paul Iams.
Although many may see Dayton as a city supported by the airforce and military operations, this city and the surrounding areas are a hidden gem. In Dayton people are kind and polite, you will always find someone willing to give you a helping hand, and everyone always has a smile to offer. Surrounding areas offer something for everyone, from hippies and hiking in Yellow Springs, to the expansive airforce museum in Fairborn. Wright State University represents home for a number of well renouned professors from a plethora of different disciplines, and at this medium sized university, the professors genuinely care for their students. Dayton, although often overlooked, is a beautiful oasis in which to focus on ones studies and avoid the bar and party scenes that most universities offer.