2010: 141,527, #174 in U.S., #6 in Ohio

1950: 243,872, #44 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 841,502, #61 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 457,333, #41 in U.S.


Dayton was founded in 1796 in the Miami River Valley at the confluence of the Great Miami, Stillwater, and Mad rivers. RiverScape MetroPark is along the Great Miami River in the downtown area. Sinclair Community College is located downtown.


Tallest building: Kettering Tower, 405 feet (1971)

List of tallest buildings


Dayton has no downtown department stores. Arcade Square was a downtown enclosed mall which operated in the 1980s.


Amtrak has no service to Dayton.


The Dayton Art Institute, the Dayton International Peace Museum, and America's Packard Museum are located downtown.


Downtown Dayton


Neon Movies is a two-screen independent movie theater. The Victoria Theater (1919) is a restored theater that has concerts, old movies, and other events.

The Schuster Performing Arts Center (2003) hosts the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, and touring Broadway shows. The Human Race Theatre Company is also downtown.


The Dayton Dragons, Single-A Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, play at Fifth Third Field (2000).

Map of Downtown Dayton

Downtown Dayton Partnership