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Overall Niche Grade
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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 140,939. 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
140,939

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$66,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$653
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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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
    490.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    21.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    87
    40.7
  • Robbery
    280.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,269.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,631.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    439.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
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
$30,128
National
$55,322
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Dayton Reviews

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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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Downtown Dayton is great and has a lot to offer. Theatre, and nightlife as well as a lot of great places to eat and many local breweries. I have always lived in the dayton area and feel proud to say I live here. It isn't without its faults, but overall there are more good things about Dayton than bad. There are always activities and things to take part in. I love Dayton!
Dayton is a very good place to live for first home buyers. It is affordable, but the school district struggles as far as public schools go. There are many private schools around, and you can get to just about any surrounding city within 10-15 minutes!