Dayton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 140,407 people and 69 constituent neighborhoods, Dayton is the sixth largest community in Ohio.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dayton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dayton is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dayton who work in office and administrative support (11.74%), sales jobs (8.55%), and food service (8.49%).
Also of interest is that Dayton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Dayton really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Dayton is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Dayton more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Dayton’s character and quality of life.
Dayton has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Dayton has quite a high level of public transit users. Dayton’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The education level of Dayton citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.44% of adults 25 and older in Dayton have a college degree.
The per capita income in Dayton in 2018 was $19,872, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,488 for a family of four. However, Dayton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Dayton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.57% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Dayton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Dayton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dayton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dayton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Dayton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.