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Stories of perseverance, determination of spirit, and ingenuity in the Miami Valley date back to 1,000 B.C., when the Adena Indians built huge burial grounds. Hopewell Indians came next, growing crops on the rich farmland and building houses composed of mud and sticks. In 1700, the Miami Indians moved here, and they grew a special type of white corn that was traded with the French and Englishmen.

The Miami Indians aligned with the British during the American Revolution, and in an Indian town next to the Mad River, one of the longest battles of the war was fought and won by American troops led by George Rogers Clark.

In the latter part of the 1800s, Dayton became a major center for manufacturing. In 1884, John Patterson established the National Cash Register Company, which would become a cornerstone of the local economy while revolutionizing how workers were treated. Edward Deeds and Charles Kettering worked at NCR before founding the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, or DELCO.

Around the same time, the Wright Brothers founded the Wright Airplane Co., which would eventually become Inland, and DELCO and Inland would later be sold to General Motors. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would grow into its present-day importance from humble beginnings at Huffman Prairie where the Wright Brothers tested their flying machines.

On a muggy May afternoon in 1904, Orville Wright lay prone across his plane’s lower wing. Exhausted but full of inspiration, he held on tight as his brother, Wilbur, lifted the strut. At a speed of 25 miles per hour, the plane took off from the cow pasture, flew into the blue sky and landed Dayton into the history books. The Wright Brothers had changed the world forever with their invention of powered flight!

When three strong storms hit Ohio on Easter in 1913, the Miami, Mad and Stillwater rivers rose over their banks for the 10th time in 100 years, this time devastating the city of Dayton. Dayton decided to put an end to the flooding, and an ambitious project that included the building of five earthen dams was engineered.

From the airplane to liquid crystal displays, and the step ladder to the cone for ice cream, the Dayton region is known as a mecca for visionaries.

Creative, inventive and innovative are words that have long been used to describe the people of the Dayton Region. But it’s the sheer determination of spirit that make dreams like flying come true.

Population: City, County, Metropolitan Area
 
1980
1990
2000
%Change
1990-2000
Butler
258,787
291,479
332,807
14.18%
Clark
150,236
147,548
144,742
-1.90%
Darke
55,096
53,619
53,309
-0.58%
Greene
129,769
136,731
147,886
8.16%
Miami
90,381
93,182
98,868
6.10%
Montgomery
571,697
573,809
559,062
-2.57%
Preble
38,223
40,113
42,337
5.54%
Warren
99,276
113,909
158,383
39.04%
TOTAL AREA
1,393,465
1,450,390
1,537,394
6.00%
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census


Race as Percentage of Population
 
White
Black
Asian
Other
Dayton MSA
82%
14%
1%
3%
Montgomery
77%
20%
1%
2%
Butler
91%
5%
2%
2%
Clark
88%
9%
1%
2%
Darke
98%
<1%
<1%
<1%
Greene
89%
6%
2%
3%
Miami
96%
2%
1%
1%
Preble
98%
<1%
<1%
1%
Warren
95%
3%
1%
1%
TOTAL AREA
67%
9%
1%
1%


Median Household Income
 
Income
< $20k
$20k-34,999
$35k-49,999
$50k+
Montgomery Co.
$36,732
-
21.9%
18.7%
33.6%
Dayton
$24,930
-
23.8%
16.3%
19.0%
Kettering
$42,719
-
21.6%
20.8%
40.2%
Clark County
$34,314
-
22.7%
19.8%
29.2%
Springfield
$27,136
-
24.5%
18.0%
20.3%
Greene County
$46,122
-
17.9%
18.0%
45.0%
Fairborn
$36,043
-
21.2%
19.8%
31.8%
Miami County
$40,837
-
21.7%
19.4%
38.3%
MSA*
$37,961
-
21.5%
18.8%
35.0%
*MSA includes Clark, Green, Miami and Montgomery Counties

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