Greater Dayton
Dayton–Springfield–Kettering, OH
Combined Statistical Area
City of Dayton Skyline from Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
City of Dayton Skyline from
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
Map of Dayton–Springfield–Kettering, OH CSA
Coordinates: 39°49′46″N 84°08′31″W / 39.8294°N 84.1419°W / 39.8294; -84.1419
Country United States
State Ohio
Largest cityDayton
Other cities (Suburbs) - Kettering
 - Beavercreek
 - Huber Heights
 - Fairborn
 - Centerville
 - Miamisburg
 - West Carrollton
 • Total1,715 sq mi (4,440 km2)
 • Total814,049
 • Rank73rd in the U.S.
 • Density478/sq mi (185/km2)
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Greater Dayton or the Miami Valley, or more formally the Dayton–Kettering–Beavercreek, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, 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 2020, it is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Ohio and the 73rd-largest metropolitan area by population in the United States with a population of 814,049.[1]



Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Places with 25,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Kettering is the second largest city in Greater Dayton, and its largest suburb.

Places with 10,000 to 25,000 inhabitants

Places with 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


Greene County

Clifton Gorge in John Bryan State Park, near Yellow Springs.

Miami County

Montgomery County

Combined statistical area

The Dayton–Springfield–Kettering 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 2020 Census, the CSA had a population of 1,086,512.

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. As of the 2020 census this has still not occurred due to criteria not being met for combined area designation

Greater Dayton is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis containing an estimated 54 million people.


Historical population
Population 1990-2010 with 2011 estimate.[4][5][6]

As of the census 2010, there were 799,232 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.[7]

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.[8]

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 2013 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.[9]

County 2020 Census 2010 Census Change Area Density
Montgomery County 537,309 535,153 +0.40% 464 sq mi (1,200 km2) 1,158/sq mi (447/km2)
Greene County 167,966 161,573 +3.96% 416 sq mi (1,080 km2) 404/sq mi (156/km2)
Miami County 108,774 102,506 +6.11% 410 sq mi (1,100 km2) 265/sq mi (102/km2)

Colleges and universities

St. Mary's Hall and the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton.

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

Largest employers

Notable largest employers in the Dayton region :[10]

[needs update]


Equipment is unloaded from a C-17A Globemaster III of the 89th Airlift Squadron based at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Equipment is unloaded from a C-17A Globemaster III of the 89th Airlift Squadron based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.


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

Major highways

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.


An overhead gallery view of the fourth building aircraft at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.



In addition to the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center,[11] the Dayton Region's largest performing arts center, Greater Dayton has a vibrant theater community throughout the region.

Theatrical companies


See also


  1. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved 2010-03-20.
  2. ^ "Cinci-Dayton?" (PDF). Cincinnati Enquirer. March 11, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 26, 2018. Retrieved 2015-12-24.
  3. ^ Ready for `Daytonnati?' It could happen
  4. ^ "Census Of Population 1990-2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Census Of Population 2010 with 2011 estimate". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "Cumulative Estimates of Resident Population Change and Rankings for Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census FactFinder populations". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census FactFinder incomes". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  9. ^ "Springfield separates from Dayton MSA". Dayton Business Journal. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  10. ^ "Dayton Economy Employers and Employees". June 25, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
  12. ^ a b c Victoria Theatre Association – Broadway in Dayton
  13. ^ Washington Township
  14. ^ "Dayton Ballet". Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  15. ^ DCDC – Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  16. ^ Welcome to The Human Race Theatre Company