These Are The 10 Worst Dayton Suburbs

We used science and data to determine which Dayton suburbs are the real pits.

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Dayton conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.

But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Dayton.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Dayton ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Dayton area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Dayton proper, although Oakwood certainly tries.

We examined the 27 biggest suburbs of Dayton to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Ohio, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Dayton in terms of quality of life:

  1. Trotwood (Photos)
  2. Moraine (Photos)
  3. New Carlisle (Photos)
  4. Riverside (Photos)
  5. Xenia (Photos)
  6. Park Layne
  7. West Carrollton (Photos)
  8. Huber Heights (Photos)
  9. Green Meadows
  10. Fairborn (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Dayton that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.


How we determined the worst Dayton ‘burbs

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Low unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High number of high school drop outs

Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Dayton for each of these criteria from worst to best.

The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb of Dayton.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Dayton to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 27 suburbs ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.

1. Trotwood

Trotwood, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,322
Median Income: $35,697
Median Home Value: $78,600

2. Moraine

Moraine, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,333
Median Income: $44,203
Median Home Value: $85,100

3. New Carlisle

New Carlisle, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,732
Median Income: $38,399
Median Home Value: $92,000

4. Riverside

Riverside, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,143
Median Income: $41,734
Median Home Value: $89,000

5. Xenia

Xenia, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 25,903
Median Income: $37,153
Median Home Value: $97,500

6. Park Layne

Park Layne, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,747
Median Income: $46,882
Median Home Value: $78,700

7. West Carrollton

West Carrollton, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,087
Median Income: $37,179
Median Home Value: $96,100

8. Huber Heights

Huber Heights, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,484
Median Income: $51,938
Median Home Value: $106,000

9. Green Meadows

Green Meadows, OH

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,513
Median Income: $56,094
Median Home Value: $108,300

10. Fairborn

Fairborn, OH

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,039
Median Income: $42,545
Median Home Value: $106,600

The areas around Dayton that you probably don’t want to live in

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Dayton with Trotwood landing 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.

For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Dayton Suburbs

Place Rank Population Median Income Median Home Value
Trotwood 1 24,322 $35,697 $78,600
Moraine 2 6,333 $44,203 $85,100
New Carlisle 3 5,732 $38,399 $92,000
Riverside 4 25,143 $41,734 $89,000
Xenia 5 25,903 $37,153 $97,500
Park Layne 6 4,747 $46,882 $78,700
West Carrollton 7 13,087 $37,179 $96,100
Huber Heights 8 38,484 $51,938 $106,000
Green Meadows 9 2,513 $56,094 $108,300
Fairborn 10 33,039 $42,545 $106,600
Brookville 11 6,351 $40,648 $109,400
Vandalia 12 15,220 $51,935 $132,200
Clayton 13 13,212 $66,427 $136,100
Troy 14 25,334 $47,517 $123,200
West Milton 15 4,659 $43,678 $102,300
Miamisburg 16 20,168 $52,171 $136,400
Union 17 6,425 $52,526 $94,000
Kettering 18 56,138 $49,790 $127,800
Englewood 19 13,468 $52,321 $121,300
Enon 20 2,810 $55,227 $144,000
Tipp City 21 9,778 $61,975 $159,600
Waynesville 22 2,896 $57,768 $157,100
Beavercreek 23 45,738 $79,243 $174,200
Bellbrook 24 7,035 $74,798 $154,400
Centerville 25 23,986 $59,917 $171,200
Springboro 26 17,499 $93,292 $199,200
Oakwood 27 9,150 $100,724 $232,000

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.