Dayton, Ohio Population 2019

140,640

Dayton is a city located in Ohio. It serves as the county seat for Montgomery County. Part of Dayton is located in neighboring Greene County. The city is the sixth most populous in the state, and its metro area is the fourth largest in Ohio. According to recent estimates, the population of Dayton is 140,640.

Dayton History

The city of Dayton was founded in 1796 by the Thompson Party. Other groups arrived shortly after that to the area. Just one year later, the “Mad River Country” was open to settlers, and an overland connection was created between the city and Cincinnati. Dayton was incorporated as a city in 1805 and was named in honor of the Revolutionary War captain Jonathan Dayton.

In the 1820s, the Dayton-Cincinnati canal was constructed. This provided means for transporting goods and helped boost the city’s economy throughout the 19th century. It was during this time that many essential items were invented in Dayton, including the first mechanical cash register and the hydraulic jump.

It was the invention of the cash register that led to the formation of the National Cash Register Company in the late 1800s. This began Dayton’s journey into manufacturing, which would only continue to bolster the economy in the years ahead. A manufacturing boom occurred during World War II, and the population grew so rapidly that emergency housing was constructed.

The city continued to grow through the 1970s as veterans came to the area for the industrial and manufacturing opportunities that were available. There was also a suburban boom as the city expanded and over 127,000 homes were constructed in the 1950s.

However, this population boom didn’t last. Beginning in the 1980s, the population began to decline because of the national housing crisis of 2008 and the loss of manufacturing jobs. The city has taken steps to boost its growth, including diversifying the workforce and expanding the downtown area.

Dayton Population, Age, and Labor Statistics

The population of Dayton is over 140,000, which is down from the last census, which recorded a total population of 141,759. Dayton has an area of 56.6 square miles and a population density of 2,543.2 people per square mile.

Over one-quarter of the population is between the ages of 25 to 44, while another one-quarter is between the ages of 45 to 54. About 23% are under 18, while 11.8% are at least 65. There are more females than males, making up 51.3% of the total population.

The top employer of Dayton is Premier Health Partners, which employs over 14,000 people. Other top employers are Montgomery County, Sinclair Community College, Dayton Public Schools and the University of Dayton.

Dayton Population Growth

Through the 1960s, Dayton experienced significant growth, exceeding 116,000 residents in 1910 and then surpassing 200,000 in 1930. The population peaked at the time of the 1960 census, which showed that there were 262,332 residents. However, the population began to drop after, falling to 141,759 at the time of the 2010 census. Recent estimates show that the population has fallen 0.9% since the last census, indicating that the loss in population may be slowing down and efforts to revitalize the city may be successful.

Dayton, Ohio's estimated population is 140,640 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Dayton, Ohio is the 6th largest city in Ohio based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2522.99 people/mi² (974.13 people/km²).

The overall median age is 33.1 years, 31.9 years for males, and 34.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.9 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 74,582 households in the city, with an average size of 2.22 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.1%, with a median rent of $653/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $66,500.

The median income for households in Dayton, Ohio is $30,128, while the mean household income is $42,580.

Dayton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Dayton was:

  • White: 55.41%
  • Black or African American: 39.31%
  • Two or more races: 3.36%
  • Asian: 0.93%
  • Other race: 0.63%
  • Native American: 0.32%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%

How Many People Live in Dayton, Ohio?

140,640
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018140,6402240.16%
2017140,416-442-0.31%
2016140,858240.02%
2015140,834-284-0.20%
2014141,118-911-0.64%
2013142,0291200.08%
2012141,909-79-0.06%
2011141,988-367-0.26%
2010142,355-23,824-1.54%
2000166,179-15,865-0.91%
1990182,044-11,492-0.61%
1980193,536-49,487-2.25%
1970243,023-19,309-0.76%
1960262,33218,4600.73%
1950243,87233,1541.47%
1940210,7189,7360.47%
1930200,98248,4232.79%
1920152,55935,9822.73%
1910116,57731,2443.17%
190085,33324,1133.38%
189061,22022,5424.70%
188038,6788,2052.41%
187030,47310,3924.26%
186020,0819,1046.23%
185010,9774,9106.11%
18406,0673,1177.48%
18302,9501,95011.42%
18201,0006009.60%
18104000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018806,5482,8350.35%
2017803,7131,9480.24%
2016801,7651,5670.20%
2015800,198-800-0.10%
2014800,998-343-0.04%
2013801,341-198-0.02%
2012801,5397840.10%
2011800,7551,0910.14%
2010799,6640.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White78,09755.41%
Black or African American55,41039.31%
Two or More Races4,7323.36%
Asian1,3070.93%
Some Other Race8870.63%
American Indian and Alaska Native4440.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander620.04%

Dayton Population Pyramid 2019

Dayton Median Age

33.1


Total

31.9


Male

34.6


Female

Dayton Adults

There are 110,033 adults, (17,699 of whom are seniors) in Dayton.

Dayton Age Dependency

52.6

Age Dependency Ratio

19.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Dayton Sex Ratio

Female

72,323

51.32%

Male

68,616

48.68%

Dayton Households and Families

Dayton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Dayton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.8%25.2%
All47.9%52.1%
Male46.1%53.9%
Non Family41%59%
Female32.4%67.6%

47.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All57,7782.2247.9
Non Family28,0681.241
Married14,5233.2374.8
Female12,3223.1732.4
Male2,8653.1246.1

3.08

Average Family Size

2.22

Average Household Size

6.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Dayton Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,9984.55%
9th to 12th Grade10,95612.47%
High School Graduate25,59729.13%
Some College23,42726.66%
Associates Degree8,3239.47%
Bachelors Degree9,71511.06%
Graduate Degree5,8586.67%

Dayton Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White48,16440,8189,799
Black34,79928,4214,715
Hispanic2,5701,583314
Multiple Races1,5751,501418
Asian787684394
Other Race39319845
Native American25319114
Islander40406

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.06%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,739$28,961$22,939
Less Than High School$16,055$17,842$14,080
High School Grad$21,486$25,743$16,946
Some College$25,014$28,118$22,831
Bachelors Degree$36,730$45,770$32,595
Graduate Degree$52,101$56,750$48,996

$25,739

Average Earnings

$28,961

Average Male

$22,939

Average Female

Dayton Language

Dayton Language by Age

Dayton Language

93.31% of Dayton residents speak only English, while 6.69% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.54% of the population.

Dayton Poverty

Dayton Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black54,23322,09440.74%
White64,82515,97124.64%
Hispanic5,1962,42646.69%
Multiple4,4221,54034.83%
Native43235983.10%
Other80934642.77%
Asian1,06320719.47%
Islander622032.26%

32.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.60%

Male Poverty Rate

34.64%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Dayton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Dayton is Native, with 83.10% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Dayton is Asian, with 19.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 35.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.14%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School40.66%
High School29.58%
Some College25.21%
Bachelors or Greater9.11%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed64.19%
Male Unemployed40.67%
Female Employed18.40%
Male Employed13.44%

Dayton Income

Dayton Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$30,128$42,580
Families$37,556$51,019
Married Families$60,002$72,070
Non Families$22,442$32,033

Dayton Marital Status

Dayton Marital Status

Marriage Rates

28.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.7%

Male Marriage Rate

27.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Dayton Married by Age and Sex

Dayton Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Dayton Marital Status by Race

Dayton Veterans

9,363

Number of Veterans

8,306

Male Veterans

1,057

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,046
First Gulf War1,891
Second Gulf War1,497
Korea728
World War II328
Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,740
55 to 642,198
65 to 742,024
75+1,706
18 to 34695

Dayton Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,7828.98%
Black3,3278.14%
Hispanic2908.53%
2 or More1827.84%
Other387.20%
Asian342.85%

Dayton Veterans by Education

12.30%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Dayton Employment Status

56.9%

Labor Force Participation

49.3%

Employment Rate

12.9%

Unemployment Rate

Dayton Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

69.73%

Born in Ohio

95.18%

Native Born

4.82%

Foreign Born

2.55%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.18% of Dayton residents were born in the United States, with 69.73% having been born in Ohio. 2.55% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.