The Kettering Health Network and Premier Health Partners have major roles on the Dayton area's economy today. Hospitals in the Greater Dayton area have an estimated combined employment of nearly 32,000, and a yearly economic impact of $6.8 billion. In addition, several Dayton area hospitals consistently earn top national ranking and recognition including the U.S. News & World Report’s list of "America's Best Hospitals" and HealthGrades top ratings. The most notable hospitals are Miami Valley Hospital and Kettering Medical Center which provide excellent care and employ thousands.
Living in Dayton
Upon your move to Dayton, you will soon find that the city is on the rise. New expansion downtown is helping to revitalize the city and encourage growth. Fifth Third Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds affiliated, minor league team, the Dayton Dragons, is an integral part of Dayton's culture. Residents and visitors enjoy all that is offered through the city's public park system, Five Rivers MetroParks, including a fantastic outdoor entertainment venue known as RiverScape MetroPark that attracts more than 400,000 visitors a year. More signs of growth are a new performance arts theater, the Schuster Center, and a large health network in the region, Premier Health Partners, has expanded its Miami Valley Hospital location with a 12-story tower addition.
Unlike many midwestern cities of its age, Dayton has very broad and straight downtown streets (generally two or three full lanes in each direction), making easy access to the downtown. The main reason for the broad streets was that Dayton was a marketing and shipping center from its beginning: streets were broad to enable wagons drawn by teams of three to four pairs of oxen to turn around. In addition, some of today's streets were once barge canals flanked by draw-paths.
If you move to Dayton, you will likely live in one of its ten historic neighborhoods — Oregon District, Wright Dunbar, Dayton View, Grafton Hill, McPherson Town, Webster Station, Huffman, Kenilworth, St. Anne's Hill, and South Park — feature mostly single-family houses and mansions in the Neoclassical, Jacobethan, Tudor Revival, English Gothic, Chateauesque, Craftsman, Queen Anne, Georgian Revival, Colonial Revival, Renaissance Revival Architecture, Shingle Style Architecture, Prairie, Mission Revival, Eastlake/Italianate, American Foursquare, and Federal styles of architecture.
Entertainment and Activities in Dayton
When you move to Dayton-Springfield, you will quickly discover that the city has much to offer for an entertaining night on the town. From an arts and culture standpoint, the Dayton-Springfield region ranks in the top 10% in the nation out of 373 metropolitan areas in arts and culture. Home to the Dayton Art Institution, the city ranked No. 2 in the country as an arts destination -- ranking higher than larger cities like Atlanta, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. The Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton is a world-class performing arts center and home of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Ballet. Theatre groups abound and there are numerous opportunities for such events…along with fine dining. And for microbrew aficionados, you’ll be quenched by the area’s 200-year-old history with microbrews and the 10+ wildly popular local breweries, with names you’ll soon recognize and love to explore.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a must-see. It is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world, and houses the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Other museums also play significant roles in the tourism and economy of the area. The Dayton Art Institute, a museum of fine arts, owns collections containing more than 20,000 objects, spanning 5,000 years of art and archaeological history.
For aviation fanatics moving to Dayton, one of the largest air shows in the U.S., the Vectren Dayton Air Show is an annual event at the Dayton International Airport. And sports fans will have plenty to cheer about! In additional to minor league baseball, you can take in collegiate basketball at University of Dayton and Wright State’s NCAA games. Hockey, football, golf and rugby are regularly attended and participated sports in the region, and you will find respite in the 70+ miles of paved trails for biking, walking and more.
Dayton's climate features hot, muggy summers and cold, dry winters.