As a culturally rich city in the Miami Valley region of Ohio, Dayton has consistently been ranked in top 10 percent of cities in the country for arts and culture. The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of cultural shows and educational opportunities for the community.
Dayton is known as the Gem City, a nickname given to the city in the 1800s in reference to how treasured and important to the city as to the state of Ohio. As its motto of "Birthplace of Aviation" suggests, Dayton also has a rich history with aviation. Orville Wright was born in the city, and it is home to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, which happens to be the oldest military aviation museum in existence.
According to Forbes, the cost of living in Dayton is approximately 11.7 percent cheaper than the national average. The median household income for Dayton is $46,076, and the median price for a home in the city was $105,000 in 2013. Dayton jobs can be found to suit a variety of lifestyles.
Dayton Job Opportunities
The major industries for Dayton, OH jobs are technology, aerospace and health care. Health care is a particular strong force in the city, ultimately having an economic impact of over $6.5 billion each year. Hospitals in the area offer 32,000 jobs in Dayton, and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the health care in Dayton among the top in the nation for clinical excellence.
The high amount of Dayton jobs in exports make the city rank as one of the leading cities for this type of work. In fact, there are over 44,000 export-related jobs in Dayton, OH. The city has also been ranked as among the most ideal places for new college graduates who are seeking a job because of the many companies with headquarters in the city. Among those companies are Premier Health Partners, DPL, and Standard Register. Many sales jobs in Dayton, Ohio are available.
Dayton Employment Trends
As of July 2014, Dayton had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, which is over the Ohio state unemployment average of 6 percent and the national unemployment rate average of 6.3 percent. Job growth in Dayton was down 0.4 percent in 2013, which isn't a sharp decline, and there is a projected annual job growth of 1.7 percent for 2014. Job growth will likely continue just as it has for other Ohio cities like with Cleveland jobs.
Dayton ranks 174th on Forbes' list of job growth in cities, and it is 134th on the list of best places for education. It is 182nd on the list for the best places for careers and business. The economy in Dayton has evolved from relying on heavy manufacturing to a service economy with booming insurance, healthcare, government and legal sectors.