The 10 Cheapest Dayton, OH Neighborhoods To Live In For 2024

The cheapest Dayton neighborhoods are Mccook Field and Arlington Heights for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Everything else equal, we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Dayton might be more expensive than living in rural Ohio, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

What exactly are those Dayton neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and determine which neighborhoods in Dayton are the cheapest using Saturday Night Science.

The Cheapest Neighborhoods In Dayton For 2024

  1. McCook Field
  2. Arlington Heights
  3. Northern Hills
  4. Five Oaks
  5. Southern Dayton View
  6. Dayton View Triangle
  7. Fairlane
  8. Hearthstone
  9. Lakeview
  10. Old North Dayton

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Dayton for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Mccook Field looks to be the cheapest Dayton neighborhood to live in.

At this point, we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Dayton. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Dayton that deserve a little bragging rights, or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Dayton.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Dayton For 2024

1. McCook Field

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Population: 789
Cost Of Living Index: 75 (3rd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.5 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (9th cheapest)
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2. Arlington Heights

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Population: 443
Cost Of Living Index: 74 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.8 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (10th cheapest)
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3. Northern Hills

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Population: 1,706
Cost Of Living Index: 76 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (18th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (6th cheapest)
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4. Five Oaks

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Population: 2,500
Cost Of Living Index: 77 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.6 (10th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (15th cheapest)
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5. Southern Dayton View

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Population: 2,229
Cost Of Living Index: 78 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.3 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (20th cheapest)
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6. Dayton View Triangle

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Population: 1,763
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (17th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (17th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.007 (cheapest)
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7. Fairlane

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Population: 1,546
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (17th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.8 (22nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (7th cheapest)
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8. Hearthstone

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Population: 1,995
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (24th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.6 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.014 (14th cheapest)
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9. Lakeview

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Population: 1,574
Cost Of Living Index: 73 (cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.3 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.028 (5cheapest)
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10. Old North Dayton

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Population: 5,559
Cost Of Living Index: 79 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (27th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (30th cheapest)
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Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Dayton Hoods In 2024

To rank the cheapest places to live in Dayton, we had to determine what criteria define “cheap” and then apply Saturday Night Science.

Using Census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 64 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index, the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Dayton.” We’re lookin’ at you, Mccook Field.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Dayton. Skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Dayton

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Dayton where prices are low, and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

The most affordable neighborhoods in Dayton are McCook Field, Arlington Heights, Northern Hills, Five Oaks, Southern Dayton View, Dayton View Triangle, Fairlane, Hearthstone, Lakeview, and Old North Dayton.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Dayton aren’t all cheap. Downtown takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Dayton.

The most expensive neighborhoods in Dayton are Downtown, Webster Station, Oregon, Midtown, and South Park.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Dayton For 2024

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Mccook Field 75
2 Arlington Heights 74
3 Northern Hills 76
4 Five Oaks 77
5 Southern Dayton View 78
6 Dayton View Triangle 80
7 Fairlane 80
8 Hearthstone 81
9 Lakeview 73
10 Old North Dayton 79
11 Eastern Hills 82
12 Roosevelt 76
13 Old Dayton View 80
14 Greenwich Village 78
15 Princeton Heights 85
16 Forest Ridge-Quail Hollow 89
17 Pineview 79
18 West Wood 80
19 Patterson Park 89
20 Kittyhawk 82
21 Wright View 82
22 Linden Heights 84
23 Twin Towers 80
24 Historic Inner East 82
25 Eastmont 86
26 Madden Hills 79
27 Germantown Meadows 83
28 Carillon 81
29 Edgemont 78
30 University Row 85
31 College Hill 83
32 Deweese 86
33 Shroyer Park 87
34 Pheasant Hill 94
35 Wolf Creek 81
36 Miami Chapel 80
37 Springfield 85
38 Fairview 81
39 Little Richmond 82
40 Cornell Heights 82
41 University Park 87
42 Five Points 82
43 Santa Clara 82
44 Gateway 98
45 Hillcrest 82
46 Stoney Ridge 80
47 Highview Hills 80
48 North Riverdale 81
49 Northridge Estates 86
50 Residence Park 81
51 Walnut Hills 87
52 Belmont 87
53 Mcpherson 93
54 Mount Vernon 83
55 Wesleyan Hill 80
56 Philadelphia Woods 85
57 Burkhardt 82
58 Grafton Hill 87
59 Riverdale 82
60 South Park 89
61 Midtown 85
62 Oregon 94
63 Webster Station 96
64 Downtown 97
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