Dayton, TN
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Dayton is a somewhat small city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 7,384 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Dayton is the 86th largest community in Tennessee.

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 sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dayton who work in office and administrative support (14.84%), sales jobs (9.43%), and management occupations (9.27%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Dayton spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.13 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Dayton doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Dayton has a very low overall level of education: only 9.14% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Dayton in 2010 was $16,119, which is low income relative to Tennessee and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,476 for a family of four. However, Dayton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Dayton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.13% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Dayton is a somewhat 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 German, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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

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