Dayton is the best of the American Midwest: a small city surrounded by a bustling metro area and a
beautiful system of parks and rivers; a virtual center of U.S. commerce with a long history of
innovation; and an open, friendly community that welcomes makers, entrepreneurs and
tradespeople. Life in Dayton is a unique blend of opportunity, vitality and Midwestern flavor.

SEE WHY STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CHOOSE TO STUDY IN DAYTON

Fast Facts

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U.S. State

Ohio

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Population

141,527

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Average Temp

27.5 F

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City Size

56.5 square miles/146.33km

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Demographics

White, 57.1%; African-American, 42.9%;
Hispanic, 3%; Asian, .9%

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Key Industries

Aerospace and Aviation

A Warm Welcome

Named one of the Most Affordable Cities in the U.S. by Forbes and a Best Place to Live 2016 by U.S. News, Dayton has a lot to offer to students and young professionals. With Dayton's Midwestern charm, it's no wonder The Princeton Review named the university #4 on its Students Love These Colleges list. Whether you're meeting friends after class or exploring the city on a sunny afternoon, you're going to love living in Dayton.

Dayton opens its doors to new residents from around the world. The city launched Welcome Dayton in 2011, declaring itself immigrant-friendly and establishing a formal plan to integrate foreign-born residents into the community. Welcome Dayton has received national recognition for its work from Time Magazine, Forbes and The New York Times.

The city also extends its warm welcome to entrepreneurs, makers, and innovators. Starting with the Wright brothers’ invention of the first airplane, Dayton has a long history of supporting new businesses and technologies. Dayton is the proud home of Proto BuildBar, a casual maker space and creative center, and National UAS Training and Certification Center, a facility for the advancement and research of unmanned aerial systems.

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INTERESTING NEIGHBORHOODS

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Oregon Historic District

This artsy 12-block area is the local destination for galleries, unique shops and lots of charming Victorian architecture. Stop by Lily’s Bistro for brunch, or stretch your legs (and arms!) at Urban Krag, an indoor rock climbing gym.

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Grafton Hill

Culturally diverse and friendly, Grafton Hill is a good place to meet friends at a pub or while away the hours at a coffee house. The Dayton Art Institute, free to students, sits on the edge of Grafton Hill near the Miami River and hosts concerts, classes and events like the annual Art Ball and Oktoberfest.

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Brown Street

The University of Dayton extends beyond the lush green of campus. A favorite of students and locals alike, nearby Brown Street boasts coffee bars, quick food options, shopping and dining. Explore small cafés with locally sourced veggies, or dinner in a lofty, modern space.

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THE OUTDOOR CAPITAL OF THE MIDWEST

Climate and landscape blend perfectly in Dayton. It maintains the nation’s largest paved trail network, perfect for hiking and biking, and the convergence of five rivers in the downtown area offers opportunities for water sports and exploring. Five Rivers MetroParks maintains 18 parks and 11 conservation areas across the metro region.

SHOPPING & DINING

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The Dayton Mall

A 15-minute drive from campus, the largest regional mall in the Springfield-Dayton metro area holds over 90 of your favorite retailers. Explore local events, grab a quick bite to eat and pick up some dorm room essentials before heading back to campus.

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Coco’s Bistro

Traditional, American comfort food meets modern, in this hip restaurant that’s fun for a crowd. Enjoy everything from artisanal pizza to vegan pho during weeknights, weekends and anytime in between. Finish the night with the oven-baked peach cobbler for dessert to share.

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Butter Cafe

With breakfast served well beyond morning hours, wake up at noon and still enjoy traditional American favorites. Spicy egg scramble, fresh donuts and more await you in these cozy, yellow walls. Grab a coffee on the way out, and you’re ready to conquer your day.

READY TO GET OUT AND EXPLORE?

Dayton is easily accessible. The city has a convenient public bus system, and the Dayton International Airport and Greyhound bus terminal link you to adventures across the U.S.

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