Dayton is one of the largest cities in the state of Ohio — sixth-largest, to be exact — and serves as the county seat of Montgomery County. As of the 2010 census, the “Gem City” had a population just under 142,000. It is currently part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the state of Ohio, after Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus.
Dayton is something of a hub for health care professionals. Indeed, after the defense and aerospace industries, hospitals employ more Dayton residents — 32,000 — than any other field, with an annual economic footprint of nearly $7 billion. With respect to the aforementioned aerospace industry, Dayton boasts the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is the birthplace of Orville Wright.
Twelve settlers, going by the moniker “The Thompson Party,” founded the city of Dayton on April Fool’s Day, 1796. Two years after Ohio was added to the Union in 1803, Dayton was officially incorporated as a city. Long known as a mecca for patents and inventions, the National Park Service figures that Dayton granted more patents per person than any other city in 1890.
Considered to be one of the best cities in America for college graduates seeking employment, Dayton serves as the headquarters for companies such as CareSource, DPL, Kettering Health Network, LexisNexis, Reynolds and Reynolds, Standard Register and Premier Health Partners. Other notable employers include Montgomery County, Sinclair Community College, the University of Dayton, Grandview Medical Center, Dayton VA Medical Center, BEHR Dayton Thermal and Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
Popular suburbs include Trotwood, Beavercreek, Clayton, Centerville, Englewood, Fairborn, Harrison Township, Vandalia, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Xenia, Riverside, Springboro, Miamisburg, Kettering and Miami Township. Dayton’s sister cities include Augsburg (Germany), Holon (Israel), Monrovia (Liberia), Oiso (Japan) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Tourist attractions include The Dayton Art Institute, the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Carillon Historical Park, America’s Packard Museum and the SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park.
The Dayton Municipal Courthouse is located at 301 W. 3rd Street in Dayton, Ohio, 45402.