Posted by Laura Kornaker in Cincinnati, Home Building Industry

There are many great locations to settle down in Ohio, so what makes the Dayton area special? If you’re exploring your options for a new home in or around Dayton, you’ve come to the right place.

Learn more about the city of Dayton as well as some of the best suburbs and neighborhoods to live in this booming metro!

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About Dayton, Ohio

Where Is Dayton, OH?

The Dayton Metro area is located on the southwestern side of the state, about an hour north of Cincinnati and an hour west of Columbus. This region is comprised of 3 counties: Montgomery County, Greene County, and Miami County.

Take a look at this Dayton, Ohio map for a helpful overview of each suburb and its location relative to the big city!

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What Is the Cost of Living in Dayton?

According to, the cost of living in Dayton is 6% lower than the national average.

Dayton and its surrounding cities are known nationally for their affordability and high quality of life. That means you can rent or own a nice place, take care of all your bills, and still have savings leftover. This is not the case in many other major U.S. cities, which means you can certainly live large in Dayton!

Who Are the Top Dayton Employers?

In 2022, Dayton ranked 6th in year-over-year job growth out of major U.S. cities and 1st for the Midwest! Moving to a city with a strong job market and upward momentum is incredibly important, which is yet another reason why Dayton is one of the best places to live.

Whether you’re looking for a new job or just want full assurance that the area you move to has a flourishing labor force, take a look at this list of a few prominent employers across a range of industries—from healthcare to military/defense to technology:

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The Best Cities in Dayton to Live

We’re proud to offer new-build homes in these coveted suburbs throughout Dayton Metro, so read on to learn about each!

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Beavercreek is the largest city in Greene County and second largest suburb in Dayton, touted for its small-town appeal, strong school district, and proximity to retail shopping centers, golf courses, and parks.

Neighborhoods throughout this desirable Dayton suburb are characterized by a wide range of housing styles—from townhomes and single family homes to luxury estates and available homesites to build on—making Beavercreek a fantastic place for young professionals and families alike!


This city may be small, but there’s a reason why Bellbrook residents truly love where they live. Taxes are lower here than in other Dayton suburbs, yet public services rank among the best of any municipality in southwest Ohio.

Bellbrook is brimming with fun community events and local shops downtown in addition to parks and playgrounds dotted throughout. If you’re looking for a quiet, charming place to settle down near the city of Dayton, Bellbrook could be a perfect fit!

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Home to Wright State University and the beloved Carillon Historical Park, Miamisburg is a thriving, affordable Dayton Metro city and a fantastic place to put down roots. Plus, it’s chock-full of parks, trail systems, and prominent employers. Living here means you’ll have all that you need around your new home!


Situated between Dayton and Cincinnati, Springboro is a charming, upscale suburb with a beautiful downtown and a variety of neighborhoods to live in. It’s incredibly community-oriented, offering regular events for residents, including 5k’s and street fairs like the annual Christmas in Historic Springboro.

Although you’ll have everything you need just minutes away from home, you’ll also enjoy easy access to even bigger amenities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and other surrounding cities.

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Washington Township

As the largest township in Montgomery County, Washington Township continues to prosper. It’s safe, affordable, and home to award-winning public schools. While it’s filled with shopping plazas, fine restaurants, and entertainment options, Washington Township also boasts 900 acres of green space with plenty of parks and trails to explore, offering the best of both worlds.

There are also a multitude of residential communities to choose from, making it a fantastic place for your new home.

“A well-balanced mix of residential developments includes single family, condominium, and apartments in a range of architectural styles and prices, interspersed with planned green space for a spacious, open feeling.” –

Moving to Dayton: Things to Do Around Your New Home

Whether you have kids at home, you’re a young professional, you’re an empty nester, or anyone in between—you’ll never run out of ways to spend evenings and weekends living in the Dayton area!

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite spots in and around the city so you can start to picture life here:


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Shopping and Entertainment

Museums and the Arts

Restaurant Districts and Breweries


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Choosing the right city, neighborhood, and home to live in is a major decision that involves plenty of research and time. You’ll probably have many questions along the way, too, which is why you deserve trusted professionals to walk alongside you throughout the home search process.

I’m here for you! Leave me a note, and let’s chat about finding the perfect home for you in one of Dayton Metro’s best neighborhoods.


Laura Kornaker


As the Internet Sales Manager in Cincinnati, Laura's goal is to make your new home investment a smooth and easy process. With her 15+ years' experience in the new home building business, she’ll help you navigate through the best scenarios and opportunities. Laura has lived in Cincinnati for over 20 years and knows all of the best schools, shopping, restaurants, and recreation. She’ll help you find the perfect location and home. She’ll even get you started on financing! Whether you are relocating or local, moving up or downsizing, Laura is the expert to get started with!

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