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 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 (14.34%), sales jobs (9.88%), and food service (8.93%).

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.

A lot of people in Dayton take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Dayton, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

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. 17.25% of adults 25 and older in Dayton have a college degree.

The per capita income in Dayton in 2010 was $16,716, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,864 for a family of four. Dayton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.48% 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 French .

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