Dayton, Ohio Education and City Information

Dayton is the sixth largest city in Ohio, with over 141,000 residents. Wright State University and the University of Dayton are among the postsecondary schools located in Dayton.

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Information About Dayton, Ohio

Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Dayton had a population of 141,003. Approximately 52 percent of Dayton's population was white in 2010, while nearly 43 percent identified as African American. The median household income for Dayton residents was $28,174 for the period 2010-2014, much lower than the national median of $53,482.

Cultural amenities in Dayton include the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Opera and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. The city is also home to several minor league sports teams and nationally known college teams.

Seasons are distinct in Dayton. Winters have their fair share of blizzards, but temperatures and conditions can fluctuate considerably. Summers can get hot, but early fall and late spring tend to be pleasant.

Education in Dayton

Wright State University is one of the largest 4-year postsecondary schools in Dayton, with an enrollment of nearly 17,000 students in Fall 2014. This public school awards bachelor's through doctoral degrees. Also in the city, the University of Dayton is a private school with a student population of over 11,300. In 2016, the university, which confers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, held an 108th-place ranking among national universities from U.S. News & World Report.

Dayton also is home to Sinclair Community College, United Theological Seminary and more than a dozen private for-profit schools.

Economy of Dayton

Dayton has a diverse economy, with government, social and heath services, and education as top areas of focus. As of 2015, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was the city's top employer (slightly over 27,000 employees), followed by Premier Health Partners (14,000+ employees) and Kettering Health Network (5,000+ employees). Other top 10 employers included county government, Kroger, LexisNexis, Sinclair Community College, Dayton Public Schools, Wright State University, and AK Steel Corporation.

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