25 Reasons Why You Should Move to Dayton Right Now

Dayton is a hidden treasure inside of the state of Ohio. Come see what we mean!

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Jade Marzolf

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Jan 21, 2021

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Downtown Dayton Ohio Aerial shot
Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Ohio is an awesome state to live. It’s easily travelable, wholesome, and a fun place to enjoy life or raise a family. Many of its cities are ranked in the top 50 of Niche’s 2018 Best Places to Live in America.

Dayton especially is a hidden treasure inside of the state - it isn’t nicknamed “the gem city” for nothing! It’s affordable, has a rich culture, an amazing food scene, and is packed full of green parks and trails to explore. Excited to pay Dayton a visit? 

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Image of the state of Ohio with Dayton marked in the southwest part of the state
Dayton is located in southwest Ohio

Here are 25 reasons why you should move to experience Dayton:

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1. Dayton is affordable

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Trulia ranked 100 metropolitan areas based on what percentage of their income residents pay for living expenses. Dayton, Ohio was chosen as the #2 least expensive city to live in.

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2. It’s an awesome city

Pic of downtown Dayton
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The Dayton region was reported by U.S. News to be a better city to live in than places like Philadelphia or New York City. It took the 75th spot for best places to live.

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3. Dayton is a great place to attend college...

University of Dayton
The entrance to the campus. Image courtesy of Dayton University

Ohio is full of top-notch colleges and universities. The University of Dayton is ranked #7 in Niche’s 2018 Best Colleges in Ohio. Within 17 miles you can also find Wright State University Main Campus, Kettering College of Medical Arts, and Central State University.


4. ...or any school

Oakwood High School walkway to entrance
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Oakwood High School was ranked 21st for U.S. News’ Best High Schools in Ohio.

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5. The University of Dayton is super accommodating

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The University of Dayton is a fantastic place to attend college if you’re vegan or gluten-free, or into fitness. It’s been listed as one of Greatist’s Healthiest Colleges in the U.S.

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6. Dayton is the best place to start your career

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

CBS news chose Dayton as one of the best up-and-coming towns for college grads.

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7. Or continue it

A group of business women in Dayton Ohio
Image courtesy of Dayton's Women In Business Instagram

Dayton is in the top 20 locations for mid-career professionals. Considering job growth, unemployment rates, salaries, and housing costs, Forbes named this one of the best cities to live.

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8. Or finish it

A hall of seniors gathering to eat
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It’s #56 in the Best Places to Retire category by U.S. News.

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9. Dayton is happy

Young people at a concert in Dayton Ohio
Image courtesy of Daily Dayton News

Forbes ranked it as one of the happiest places to work in the country.

Nearby Marysville has an annual balloon festival.
Nearby Marysville has an annual balloon festival. Image courtesy of ohio.org

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10. But also manly

A couple have fun at an ax-throwing facility
Dayton, Ohio throws a Lumberjack Festival every year and one of their most popular businesses is an ax throwing facility! Photo courtesy of Wild Axe Throwing.

Sperlings Best Places gave it the 15th spot for Manliest Cities. This was based on lifestyle behaviors, enthusiasm for sports, concentration of stores aimed at doing business with men, and even subscriptions to masculine magazines.

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11. They have the BEST donuts

Bill's donuts
No, I don’t need help eating them all. Image courtesy of Dayton Daily News

Dayton has a terrific food scene. Bill’s Donuts was ranked #2 in the nation for best donut shops in America.

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12. They have the best classic steaks

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The Pine Club Steakhouse is in the top 5 steakhouses in the U.S. according to Food Network.

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13. Their beer is legendary

Different kinds of beer lined up on a bar
Image courtesy of Warped Wing Brewing Company

Dayton’s Warped Wing Brewing Company won 1st place for one of its specialty beers. The city is so enthusiastic about beer, they even have an annual beer week.

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14. Dayton will take your breath away

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The Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum was featured as a Best of Dayton winner by WHIOTV. The cemetery is stunningly beautiful. It’s a beautiful and historic ground. Make sure to journey to the top, because the most breathtaking overlook of the city can be found there.

A rainy day in Dayton.
A rainy day in Dayton. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

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15. They will take care of you

Miami Valley Hospital
Image of Miami Valley Hospital courtesy of Wikipedia

The Miami Valley Hospital is nationally ranked in 2 different adult specialties - nephrology and pulmonology. It’s ranked 4th in the region for best hospital.

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16. And they take care of the environment

A coyote peers into a distance
Image courtesy of Wildlife Ohio

Site Selection ranked Ohio as 3rd in their list of top 10 states for sustainability.

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17. Dayton has Boonshoft

Muskrats at the Boonshoft Museum
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The Boonshoft Museum is awesome to spend an afternoon on your own, with friends, or family. Their Distance Learning Program received the Pinnacle Award from the Center of Interactive Learning which indicates stellar educational content and program delivery.

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18. They have top rated historic centers

Front of the National Aviation Building
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The Aviation Heritage National Historic Park was named one of the top-rated tourist attractions in the city.

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19. And museums

National Museum of the US Air Force
Image courtesy of the National Museum of the US Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force was listed as the top museum in Dayton on Tripadvisor.

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20. They live to entertain

Image courtesy of Victoria Theatre

The Victoria Theatre was ranked 2nd for best theaters in Ohio. It offers a number of family-friendly shows year-round.

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21. You need to experience their art

According to Best Things Ohio, the Dayton Art Institute was named one of the top 10 best art museums in America.

‍You can even rent it out for a wedding or other special event. Image courtesy of Dayton Art Institute
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22. Dayton is a hot spot for nature lovers

Charleston Falls - a waterfall

The Miami Valley region in Dayton is the nation’s largest paved trail network with over 340 miles of trails to explore. Walk through meadows, forested areas, or city centers.

Cedar Falls waterfall during the summer
Cedar Falls in Dayton, Ohio. Image courtesy of DaytonParentMagazine.com/
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23. It’s packed full of “hidden” treasures

Want to see something truly unique? The Avrocar was listed as one of the unusual attractions in Ohio you must see by Atlas Obscura.
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24. And I mean packed

Image courtesy of Dayton.com

So was the Grave of Johnny Morehouse. An unusual headstone tells the story of a lost boy and his pet dog.

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25. You simply need to see Dayton!

Dayton was named one of the 25 best places to visit in Ohio. The list, compiled by VacationIdea, was done in no particular order.

Dayton is a great place to live affordably and still receive a high quality of life. If you’re interested in learning more about the gem city, be sure to get in touch with a HER agent!

What’s your favorite number on this list? Let us know why you think Dayton is awesome in the comments!

Header image: Couple sitting by the River in Dayton, Ohio. Photo by Michael Ramey.

March 20, 2018
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