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Dayton among 2018 Best Places to Live in the USA

Dayton among 2018 Best Places to Live in the USA
4/13/2018

The U.S. News & World Report is telling the nation what we already knew: The Dayton Metro Area is a great place to live.

Dayton among 2018 Best Places to Live in the USA

Dayton one of the Top 125 Best Places to Live

Photo credit: The Moody Views.

The U.S. News & World Report analyzed the nation’s 125 largest metropolitan areas to find the best places to live, and has confirmed what we already knew - The Gem City is one of the best places to live in the country.

"When deciding on a place to settle down, it's important to understand that where a person lives can impact their well-being," Executive Editor Kim Castro said in a statement. "The top-ranked places are areas where citizens can feel the most fulfilled socially, physically and financially."  

The magazine ranked areas based on a city's desirability, the local job market, and quality of life, using sources like the US Census Bureau, the FBI, and the Department of Labor. Austin, Texas took the top spot, followed by Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado. 

In Ohio, Dayton came in at No. 82, a little behind Cincinnati (49), but well ahead of Toledo (102), Cleveland (104) and Youngstown (108).

What U.S. News said about Dayton

  • Dayton offers both a revamped downtown area full of unique activities, and suburbs that provide close-knit communities for the many who call the region home.
  • As the hometown of first flyers Orville and Wilbur Wright, as well as the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio's sixth-largest metro area is rich in aviation history.
  • Aviation enthusiasts will appreciate the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.
  • Those who enjoy spending time outdoors will find nearly 20 different metro parks and more than 330 miles of paved biking trails.
  • Several historic neighborhoods and districts, a bike-share program and about a dozen craft and microbreweries add to Dayton's cultural jewels.

The report added that Dayton has a very reasonable cost of living, citing the metro area's median home sale price is well below the national median.

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