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Cool Facts About Dayton 
City of Dayton > Departments > Economic Development

Dayton Originals  Dayton is full of surprises and resources for businesses.   Dayton is home to very creative people and a rich history of innovation.  Here are just a few facts that may surprise you to know about Dayton. 

Contact To learn more about our city, just click on the links below and then contact us at (937) 333-3634.  For even more information, read our Fact Sheet or check out this Visitor's Guide for a look at the Dayton region!

Site Selection Magazine  Dayton was named the #1 mid-size region for new corporate facility projects in 2008 and 2009, while Ohio ranked #1 overall in 2011.   In another article, they featured Tech Town as a leading example of a new technology park.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council  Ohio was ranked the #1 business tax structure in the Midwest for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and within the Top 10 for the country.

Dayton fDI Business Friendliness Award

fDI Intelligence Dayton was named a Top 10 small city for "Business Friendliness" and a Top 10 "American City of the Future" as well as ranking second for foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy among cities under 250,000 people in North and South America.

Dayton Daily News  Described Dayton as a key supply chain hub, located within 500 miles of 60 percent of U.S. population, 60 percent of U.S. manufacturing, and 60 percent of Canada's population.  Over 154,000 motor vehicles pass through the I-70/75 corridor every day.

Three Scale Research Dayton ranked as the #3 most favorable business location for access to the American market.

Brookings Institution Dayton was ranked #16 in exports, as a percentage of the gross metropolitan product, with over $4.7 Billion of annual exports and 44,000 export-related jobs across the region.

New York Times Sinclair Community College was named "one of the best" community colleges in the nation. 

BusinessWeek Dayton was ranked a Top 20 city for college graduates  starting their careers.

U.S. News & World Report The University of Dayton was ranked among the Top 100 schools in the country.

Entrepreneur Magazine The University of Dayton was ranked the #6 business school in the country for young entrepreneurs.

National Science Foundation The University of Dayton was ranked #1 in federally funded materials research.

Forbes Dayton was ranked America's "Most Affordable City" and a Top 10 metropolitan area for education.

National Parking Association Dayton has some of the most affordable downtown parking in the country. 

HealthGrades The Dayton region was ranked #3 for hospital quality in the nation.

CNN The Dayton region was ranked the #3 most affordable housing market in the nation.

American Public Library Ranking Index The Dayton Metro Library was ranked a Top 10 Library among mid-size regions.

American Style Magazine The Dayton region was ranked #2 for the arts among mid-size cities.

More cool facts about Dayton, Ohio:

Dayton has one of the largest IT industry clusters in the country, and one of the nation's largest clusters of advanced manufacturing companies.

More than half of the nation's population is within 90 minutes of the Dayton International Airport.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the largest research centers in the country.

Dayton was named the Ohio Aerospace Hub in 2009.

Dayton has approximately 15 certified HUB Zone businesses. 

Dayton hosted the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia.

The Dayton Dragons in 2011 broke the all-time record in professional sports for consecutive sell-out games, spanning over a decade of successful minor league baseball.

The average commute time in the Dayton region is only 19 minutes.

Dayton's Kittyhawk Golf Center, with three 18-hole golf courses, is the largest public golf facility in Ohio.

For information about locating your business in Dayton, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (937) 333-3634.


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