These Are The 10 Best Dayton Suburbs

We analyzed over 23 places around Dayton to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Dayton are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Dayton:

  1. Oakwood (Photos)
  2. Bellbrook (Photos)
  3. Springboro (Photos)
  4. Centerville (Photos)
  5. Beavercreek (Photos)
  6. Tipp City (Photos)
  7. Englewood (Photos)
  8. Kettering (Photos)
  9. Union (Photos)
  10. Miamisburg (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Oakwood, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Dayton ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Dayton

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Dayton was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Dayton, Oh Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 23 suburbs to evaluate around Dayton.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 23 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Dayton.” We’re lookin’ at you, Oakwood.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Oakwood

Oakwood, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,150
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Median Home Price: $232,000
Median Income: $100,724

2. Bellbrook

Bellbrook, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,035
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $154,400
Median Income: $74,798

3. Springboro

Springboro, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,499
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $199,200
Median Income: $93,292

4. Centerville

Centerville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,986
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Median Home Price: $171,200
Median Income: $59,917

5. Beavercreek

Beavercreek, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 45,738
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $174,200
Median Income: $79,243

6. Tipp City

Tipp City, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,778
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $159,600
Median Income: $61,975

7. Englewood

Englewood, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,468
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Median Home Price: $121,300
Median Income: $52,321

8. Kettering

Kettering, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,138
Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Median Home Price: $127,800
Median Income: $49,790

9. Union

Union, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,425
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $94,000
Median Income: $52,526

10. Miamisburg

Miamisburg, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,168
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $136,400
Median Income: $52,171

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Dayton, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Dayton

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Oakwood 1 9,150 1.9% $232,000 $100,724
Bellbrook 2 7,035 6.3% $154,400 $74,798
Springboro 3 17,499 6.5% $199,200 $93,292
Centerville 4 23,986 6.5% $171,200 $59,917
Beavercreek 5 45,738 5.1% $174,200 $79,243
Tipp City 6 9,778 7.2% $159,600 $61,975
Englewood 7 13,468 8.7% $121,300 $52,321
Kettering 8 56,138 7.3% $127,800 $49,790
Union 9 6,425 6.6% $94,000 $52,526
Miamisburg 10 20,168 6.9% $136,400 $52,171
Troy 11 25,334 6.9% $123,200 $47,517
Vandalia 12 15,220 9.0% $132,200 $51,935
Clayton 13 13,212 10.1% $136,100 $66,427
Fairborn 14 33,039 10.6% $106,600 $42,545
Brookville 15 6,351 8.9% $109,400 $40,648
Huber Heights 16 38,484 9.2% $106,000 $51,938
West Carrollton 17 13,087 8.7% $96,100 $37,179
Riverside 18 25,143 13.4% $89,000 $41,734
Xenia 19 25,903 10.9% $97,500 $37,153
New Carlisle 20 5,732 10.1% $92,000 $38,399
Dayton 21 141,776 16.6% $68,200 $28,174
Moraine 22 6,333 10.4% $85,100 $44,203
Trotwood 23 24,322 12.5% $78,600 $35,697

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.