Dayton, OH
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Dayton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 140,489 people and 69 constituent neighborhoods, Dayton is the sixth largest community in Ohio.

Unlike some cities, Dayton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Dayton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dayton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dayton who work in office and administrative support (14.12%), sales jobs (9.13%), and food service (8.78%).

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.

Dayton is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Dayton has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Dayton enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Dayton.

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.

In terms of college education, Dayton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.64% of adults 25 and older in Dayton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Dayton in 2010 was $17,461, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $69,844 for a family of four. Dayton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.50% 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 Turkish.

The most common language spoken in Dayton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.