67 Facts About Dayton


Dayton is the sixth-largest city in the state of Ohio and the county seat of Montgomery County.

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Dayton is within Ohio's Miami Valley region, 50 miles north of the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Hospitals in the Greater Dayton area have an estimated combined employment of nearly 32,000 and a yearly economic impact of $6.

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Dayton is noted for its association with aviation; the city is the birthplace of Orville Wright.

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Dayton is known for its many patents, inventions, and inventors, most notably the Wright brothers' invention of powered flight.

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In 2007 Dayton was a part of the top 100 cities in America.

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Also in 2010, Dayton was named one of the best places in the United States for college graduates to find a job.

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On Memorial Day of 2019, Dayton was affected by a tornado outbreak, in which a total of 15 tornadoes touched down in the Dayton area.

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Ohio was admitted into the Union in 1803, and the village of Dayton was incorporated in 1805 and chartered as a city in 1841.

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Dayton manufactured the first mechanical cash registers and played a crucial role in the shaping of Dayton's reputation as an epicenter for manufacturing in the early 1900s.

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Dayton has been the home for many patents and inventions since the 1870s.

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Catastrophic flood in March 1913, known as the Great Dayton Flood, led to the creation of the Miami Conservancy District, a series of dams as well as hydraulic pumps installed around Dayton, in 1914.

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Dayton visited the National Cash Register company in Dayton in December 1942.

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Dayton was able to show that it was not necessary to build 336 Bombes, so the initial order was scaled down to 96 machines to decipher German Enigma-machine-encrypted secret messages during World War II.

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Since the 1980s Dayton's population has declined, mainly due to the loss of manufacturing jobs and decentralization of metropolitan areas, as well as the national housing crisis that began in 2008.

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Dayton had the third-greatest percentage loss of population in the state since the 1980s, behind Cleveland and Youngstown.

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In 1995, the Dayton Agreement, a peace accord between the parties to the hostilities of the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the former Yugoslavia, was negotiated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Fairborn, Ohio, from November 1 to 21.

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Dayton is subject to severe weather typical of the Midwestern United States.

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The Dayton chapter manages local activities contributing to the annual, hemisphere-wide Christmas Bird Count.

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Dayton's population declined significantly from a peak of 262,332 residents in 1960 to only 141,759 in 2010.

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Dayton's economy is relatively diversified and vital to the overall economy of the state of Ohio.

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Dayton is among the top 100 metropolitan areas in both exports and export-related jobs, ranked 16 and 14 respectively by the Brookings Institution.

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NCR was headquartered in Dayton for over 125 years and was a major innovator in computer technology.

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Dayton region gave birth to aviation and is known for its high concentration of aerospace and aviation technology.

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The city of Dayton has started Tech Town, a development project to attract technology-based firms and revitalize the downtown area.

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Hospitals in the Greater Dayton area have an estimated combined employment of nearly 32,000 and a yearly economic impact of $6.

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Dayton region has several key institutes and centers for health care.

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The Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton focuses on the science and development of human tissue regeneration.

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Dayton was the first large American city to adopt the city manager form of municipal government, in 1913.

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Unlike many Midwestern cities its age, Dayton has very broad and straight downtown streets that improved access to the downtown even after the automobile became popular.

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The main reason for the broad streets was that Dayton was a marketing and shipping center from its beginning; streets were broad to enable wagons drawn by teams of three to four pairs of oxen to turn around.

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The Dayton Arcade is currently under renovations with no official completion date set.

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Downtown Dayton is a large area that encompasses several neighborhoods itself and has seen a recent uplift and revival.

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Dayton's suburbs with a population of 10,000 or more include Beavercreek, Centerville, Clayton, Englewood, Fairborn, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Oakwood, Riverside, Springboro, Trotwood, Vandalia, Washington Township, West Carrollton, and Xenia.

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Dayton was named National Geographic's outdoor adventure capital of the Midwest in 2019 due in large part to the metropolitan area's revitalized Five Rivers MetroPark, extensive bicycle and jogging trail system, urban green spaces, lakes and camping areas.

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Front Street, the largest artists' collective in Dayton, is housed in three industrial buildings on East Second Street.

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Dayton is home to a variety of pizza chains that have become woven into local culture, the most notable of which are Cassano's and Marion's Piazza.

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Notable Dayton churches include the First Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart Church, and Ginghamsburg Church.

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Dayton is home to the United Theological Seminary, one of 13 seminaries affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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Old North Dayton has a number of Catholic churches built by immigrants from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, and Germany.

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Tourism in the Dayton region is led by the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world.

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Dayton is home to America's Packard Museum, which contains many restored historical Packard vehicles.

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Vectren Dayton Air Show is an annual air show that takes place at the Dayton International Airport.

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The Vectren Dayton Airshow is one of the largest air shows in the United States.

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Dayton area is served by Five Rivers MetroParks, encompassing 14,161 acres over 23 facilities for year-round recreation, education, and conservation.

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South of Dayton in Kettering is the Fraze Pavilion, whose notable performances have included the Backstreet Boys, Boston, and Steve Miller Band.

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The Nutter Center, which is just east of Dayton in the suburb of Fairborn, is the home arena for athletics of Wright State University and the former Dayton Bombers hockey team.

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Dayton area is home to several minor league and semi pro teams, as well as NCAA Division I sports programs.

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Dayton Dragons professional baseball team is a Class A minor league affiliate for the Cincinnati Reds.

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The Dayton Dragons are the first team in minor league baseball history to sell out an entire season before it began and was voted as one of the top 10 hottest tickets to get in all of professional sports by Sports Illustrated.

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The University of Dayton Arena has hosted more games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament over its history than any other venue.

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Dayton Gems were a minor league ice hockey team in the International Hockey League from 1964 to 1977,1979 to 1980, and most recently 2009 to 2012.

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Dayton Bombers were an ECHL ice hockey team from 1991 to 2009.

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Dayton hosted the first American Professional Football Association game.

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Dayton region is known for the many golf courses and clubs that it hosts.

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Dayton is served in print by The Dayton Daily News, the city's sole remaining daily newspaper.

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The Dayton Magazine provides insight into arts, food, and events.

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Dayton is served by 42 AM and FM radio stations directly, and numerous other stations are heard from elsewhere in southwest Ohio, which serve outlying suburbs and adjoining counties.

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Dayton operates a Greyhound Station which provides inter-city bus transportation to and from Dayton.

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The Dayton International Airport is a significant regional air freight hub hosting FedEx Express, UPS Airlines, United States Postal Service, and major commercial freight carriers.

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The Dahio Trotwood Airport, known as Dayton-New Lebanon Airport, is a privately owned, public-use airport 7 miles west of the central business district of Dayton.

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City of Dayton has more than 35 private schools within the city, including:.

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Dayton area was ranked tenth for higher education among metropolitan areas in the United States by Forbes in 2009.

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The University of Dayton is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1850 by the Marianist order.

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Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine is the Dayton area's only medical school and is a leader in biomedical research.

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Dayton is home to Sinclair Community College, the largest community college at a single location in Ohio and one of the nation's largest community colleges.

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Dayton's crime declined between 2003 and 2008 in key categories according to FBI Uniform Crime Reports and Dayton Police Department data.

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