Dayton, OH
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Dayton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 140,599 people and 69 constituent neighborhoods, Dayton is the sixth largest community in Ohio.

Dayton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Dayton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dayton who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), sales jobs (10.02%), and food service (8.64%).

Dayton is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Dayton is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Many people in Dayton take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Dayton citizens for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Dayton are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.70% of adults in Dayton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Dayton in 2010 was $16,673, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,692 for a family of four. Dayton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.32% 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 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.