Dayton, OH metropolitan statistical area

The Dayton Metropolitan Area.

Common name: Metro Dayton, The Miami Valley, Greater Dayton
Largest city Dayton
Other cities  - Kettering
 - Beavercreek
 - Huber Heights
 - Fairborn
Population  Ranked 61 st in the U.S.
 – Total 841,502
 – Density 478/sq. mi. 
Area 1,715 sq. mi.
4,445 km2
Country  United States
State(s)  Ohio
 – Highest point feet ( m)
 – Lowest point feet ( m)

The Dayton metropolitan area is the metropolitan area centered on Dayton, Ohio. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state of Ohio, behind Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus.


Dayton Metropolitan Area (also known as the Greater Dayton), as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of three counties in the Miami Valley region of Ohio and is anchored by the city of Dayton. As of 2000 it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Ohio and the 61st largest Metropolitan Area by Population in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 841,502.[1] The larger Dayton–Springfield–Greenville-Sidney Combined Statistical Area includes Greene County, Darke County, Montgomery County, Miami County, Clark County, Shelby County, and Champaign County and had a population of 1,080,044 according to the 2010 Census.[1]

The Dayton-Springfield-Greenville-Sidney Combined Statistical Area is a CSA in the U.S. state of Ohio, as defined by the United States Census Bureau. It consists of the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area (the counties of Montgomery, Greene and Miami); the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (Clark County); the Urbana Micropolitan Statistical Area (Champaign County); the Greenville Micropolitan Statistical Area (Darke County); and the Sidney Micropolitan Statistical Area (Shelby County). As of the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 1,080,044.

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
    • Dayton (Greene, Miami, and Montgomery counties)
    • Springfield (Clark County)

According to an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, as Greater Cincinnati grows northward through Butler County, its outer suburbs are expected to expand and begin to overlap the Greater Dayton area.[2] Such a concept has already received the nickname of "Daytonnati."[3] The two metropolitan areas were expected to be combined after tabulation of the 2010 Census, but this did not occur.

The Dayton Metropolitan area is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis containing an estimated 54 million people.



Suburban Communities greater than 30,000

Montgomery County

Greene County

Miami County

Places with less than 1,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


Greene County

Miami County

Montgomery County


Historical population
Census Pop.
Population 1990-2010 with 2011 estimate.[4][5]

As of the census 2010, there were 841,502 people, 343,971 households, and 220,249 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 80.40% White, 14.90% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.90% of the population.[6]

The median income for a household in the MSA was $47,381, and the median income for a family was $59,770. Males had a median income of $38,430 versus $26,205 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $25,436.[7]

From the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census, the Dayton region has seen a shift in population from its urban core to more out-lying affluent suburbs. This is evidenced by a 10% growth in population in Englewood, a 19% population growth in Beavercreek, and a 40% population growth in Springboro. Smaller growths in the 2010 census in the Dayton area included Miamisburg, Centerville, Vandalia, and Fairborn. Many of Dayton's suburbs that saw declines in populations fared well from 2000 to 2010. Dayton's largest suburb, Kettering for example, only saw a 2.3% decline during the ten-year period and Huber Heights, Dayton's third largest suburb, saw a 0.3% decline in population.

The Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area formerly included Clark County and Preble County. In 2005, Clark County containing Springfield, Ohio separated from the Dayton MSA to create their own MSA named Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. As a result of new Census criteria to delineate metropolitan areas, Preble County was eliminated from the MSA in 2010 as it no longer qualified for inclusion. A significant drop in population for the Dayton MSA is noted in the 2010 census because of these changes.[8]

Colleges and universities

The Greater Dayton region is home to a number of higher education facilities, including:

Largest employers

Notable largest employers in the Dayton region :[9]



Greater Dayton is served by international, regional and county airports, including:

Major highways

  • Interstate 70
  • Interstate 71
  • Interstate 75
  • Interstate 675
  • U.S. Route 35
  • U.S. Route 36
  • U.S. Route 40
  • U.S. Route 42
  • U.S. Route 68
  • Ohio State Route 4
  • Ohio State Route 41
  • Ohio State Route 49
  • Ohio State Route 202
  • Ohio State Route 235
  • Ohio State Route 444
  • Ohio State Route 725
  • Ohio State Route 741
  • Ohio State Route 844

Public transit

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority operates a public busing system in Montgomery county. Other transit agencies serve the surrounding counties and provide connections with RTA, including transit authorities in Greene and Miami counties.




In addition to Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Dayton Region's largest performing arts center, Greater Dayton has a vibrant theater community throughout the region.

Theatrical companies

See also

External links

  • City of Dayton website
  • Visitors Bureau
  • Dayton history


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