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.

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, 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%).

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.

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.

In terms of college education, Dayton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.25% of adults 25 and older in Dayton have a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.