More and more people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Dayton to avoid all the hustle and bustle.
So the question arises: what suburbs of Dayton are the worst?
Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Dayton ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Dayton area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to Dayton proper, although Oakwood certainly tries.
We examined the 47 biggest suburbs of Dayton to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Ohio lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Dayton in terms of quality of life.
Now don’t freak out.
What’s the worst suburb of Dayton? Jamestown ranks as the worst suburb of Dayton for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Dayton too.
The 10 Worst Dayton Suburbs To Live For 2023
Median Income: $18,000 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 17.5% (highest)
Median Home Value: $68,100 (lowest)
More on Jamestown:
We’ll get the ball rolling with Jamestown, the absolute worst place to live around Dayton according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Jamestown beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Dayton area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks worst when it comes to home values.
But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Jamestown.
You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area. There aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.
Median Income: $40,428 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $78,600 (3rd lowest)
More on Trotwood: Data
Welcome to Trotwood. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 6.6 miles to Dayton. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $40,428 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.
3. New Miami
Median Income: $43,088 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 16.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $73,500 (2nd lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Dayton suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see New Miami on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.
In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school dropout rate is poor compared to other Dayton suburbs.
But at least there are lovely parks to bring the kids during the day.
Median Income: $42,131 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $86,900 (4th lowest)
More on Springfield: Data
If you live in Springfield, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Dayton suburb for median household incomes.
Not only that, but this is the 5th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Dayton. Remember, we looked at 47 cities for this study.
Springfield is about 23.7 miles to downtown.
Median Income: $47,116 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $111,800 (13th lowest)
More on Middletown: Data
Middletown has the distinction of being a Dayton suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Middletown has the 13th lowest home values in the metro Dayton area, where the median price is $111,800. The median income is $126,713.
Middletown has an unemployment rate of 6.87% which ranks 12th worst.
Median Income: $41,000 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $104,800 (11th lowest)
More on Camden:
Camden has 2,049 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)
Incomes are towards the bottom, and the poverty rate sits at 24.597364568081993%.
Median Income: $52,750 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (20th highest)
Median Home Value: $120,900 (19th lowest)
More on Franklin: Data
Ah, Franklin. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Dayton.
It’s the place with the 20th most out of work residents in the Dayton metro area (4.82%).
Median Income: $52,838 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 17.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $99,500 (9th lowest)
More on New Carlisle: Data
New Carlisle is a city about 14.7 miles from Dayton, but Dayton probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a worse place to live. New Carlisle has the 13th most uninsured people, 2worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (17.28%) in the entire Dayton metro area.
Homes only cost $99,500 for a reason. That’s cheap for Dayton standards.
Median Income: $43,042 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (32nd highest)
Median Home Value: $105,800 (12th lowest)
More on Moraine: Data
If you absolutely have to live near Dayton, then Moraine might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Dayton suburb.
About 3.54% of residents are out of work.
Median Income: $48,868 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $116,700 (17th lowest)
More on Xenia: Data
Rounding out the ten worst Dayton suburbs to call home is Xenia.
Located 15.2 miles outside the city, Xenias is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 8th highest unemployment rate (7.84%), and poverty is far above the area average.
Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Dayton for 2023
To figure out how bad a Dayton suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.
It’s Saturday Night Science.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, this is the criteria we used:
- High unemployment rate
- Low median household incomes
- Low population density (no things to do)
- Low home values
- A lot of high school dropouts
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Dayton.
We also limited the analysis to places with over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 47 suburbs to evaluate around Dayton.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 47 in each category, where 1 was the “worst.”
Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.
And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index, the “Worst Suburb near Dayton.” We’re looking at you, Jamestown.
We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Dayton.
Summary: The areas around Dayton where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Dayton with Jamestown casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Dayton aren’t all bad. Oakwood takes the cake as the best place to live around Dayton.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Dayton Suburbs
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