There’s a lot going on in Dayton these days.
From a strong and ever-growing economy to a population that’s rapidly increasing thanks to government initiatives and a culture that’s alive with opportunity, Dayton, Ohio, could be the next great place to call home.
Ohio now ranks as one of the top states for economic development, according to a report by Area Development, a corporate site selection and facility planning resource. One of three winners of its Silver Shovel Award, Ohio has seen a surge in job creation and development efforts recently.
However, despite the statewide win, it was the Dayton area that helped clinch the title with major development projects including the creation of 800 jobs at both Proctor and Gamble and the Fuyao manufacturing plant. Other smaller scale projects yielded significant gains as well, including job expansion at Whirlpool and Speedway LLC.
Dayton is home to one of the largest military air bases, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which is also one of the region’s largest employers. Other top employers fall under the healthcare, education and municipal government sectors. Premier Health Partners employs more than 14,000 people, while other medical centers, including Dayton Children’s Medical Center and the Grandview Hospital, boast similar employment numbers.
The city is growing rapidly, driving demand for job creation and increased housing. Dayton’s recent rise in population is the result of a government program designed to attract immigrations to rejuvenate a population that’s declined nearly 40 percent since the 1960s. Thriving populations of Turks, Central Africans, Indians and Hispanics now call Dayton home. They help lure foreign investment in the area, as well as being a source of entrepreneurial growth.
With the increase in population has come an increase in housing developments. Dayton has enjoyed a positive trends in the number of residential construction permits issued throughout 2015 (from 38 permits issued in January to 78 in March, according to the US Census Bureau) and Dayton new home sales are slowing starting to climb after seeing a decline in early 2011.
But it’s not just the great economics of the region that should have you considering a move to Dayton, but the culture as well. Rich in almost every area from the historic to the patriotic and from sports to food, Dayton is a world saturated in recreational experiences.
Experience authentic Mexican cuisine at El Meson, amazing Baklava from Azra’s on Second Street and Italian food that’s to die for when you stop by Roost. Go wild at one of Dayton’s many festivals including Urban Nights, a downtown street party; Celtic fest, a celebration of Celtic culture; and AleFest, a showcase of fine beers from around the world. Enjoy miles of bike trails totaling more than 300 miles of recreational bliss.
And don’t miss out on the sports culture in Dayton, which is incredibly loud and proud with teams ranging from the University of Dayton Flyers basketball team, the United Soccer League’s men’s professional soccer team the Dutch Lions and the Dayton Dragons, a minor-league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Looking to move to Dayton? You’re in luck — there’ s lots of great new homes starting with prices in the mid $100s and up.
Ashley Steel is a former SEO analyst for Builders Digital Experience (BDX).
She was previously a staff writer and editor for New Home Source, where she wrote about a variety of topics, from helping Realtors understand how to assist clients in choosing new home options to helping consumers find home design inspiration in a variety of places including a chic industrial-style bar to chicken coops.
Steel is a 2013 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Previous to joining BDX, she worked with Latinitas, a nonprofit group that aims to encourage Latino youth to explore the fields of media and technology.