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  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Dayton is a city in Ohio with a population of 140,782. Dayton is in Montgomery County. Living in Dayton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Dayton there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Dayton and residents tend to lean liberal.
About Dayton...
Population
140,782

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$66,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$681
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Dayton Rankings

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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
    488.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    26.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    119.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    287.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,211.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,734.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    567.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    12%
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
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Dayton

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$31,395
National
$55,322
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Dayton Reviews

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I have come to love Dayton and embrace it as "home". The people are generally friendly, helpful and care about the community. Dayton is a unique place where you can find diversity. It has feel of being a small community, but when you look at the city and surrounding suburbs, you realize it is quite large. It's one of those places where it is likely that many of your friends are connected. Because of the low cost of living, it is a good place to buy a home a raise a family. There are available jobs and opportunities to start businesses as well. On the other hand, it is a bit transient and you find folks leaving for bigger cities and opportunities. Because of the manufacturing jobs that left decades ago, downtown Dayton is still feeling the affects. You can tell when you drive through and see the abandon buildings. After the recent tornado and shooting in the Oregon district, it has been tough. However, we are "Dayton Strong". We can rally together and get through this!
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I really love Dayton! Those who get involved with Dayton end up loving it because of the community. These last two years have been rough because of the mass shooting in the Oregon District, the tornado that destroyed many homes, and police brutality against Black and brown folks. However, our leadership listens to us and when it comes down to it, Dayton stands strong as a community. We are Dayton Strong!
I’ve experienced great times living in Dayton. There are strong family ties in the city. The people are friendly and communities have been established and maintained throughout the years. We have neighborhood garden centers, local farms & farmers markets, community centers. There are also great restaurants in town that are very diverse. Also, we are a melting pot of sorts as it relates to different cultures. Dayton is an affordable place to live and raise children. The weather is seasonal which means we get the best of both worlds. It’s a nice balance.

Sincerely,

Delores McElroy