THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Dayton For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Dayton are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Dayton.
Best Neighborhoods In Dayton

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Dayton, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Dayton neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Dayton are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Ohio and Dayton is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Dayton for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Patterson Park looks to be the best Dayton neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Dayton that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Dayton.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Dayton

Population: 1,469
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $115,800 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $65,515 (Fourth best)
More on Patterson Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Pheasant Hill Dayton, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,604
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $163,800 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $78,333 (First best)
More on Pheasant Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

Pleasant Hill was originally called Newton, and under the latter name was platted in 1843. A post office called Pleasant Hill has been in operation since 1839, although the post office was originally located about one mile away from its present location. The village was incorporated in 1866.

Dayton View Triangle Dayton, OH

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,763
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $77,250 (22nd best)
Median Income: $44,876 (Ninth best)
More on Dayton View Triangle: Homes For Sale | Data

The Dayton View Historic District is a 680-acre sector of Dayton developed in the late 19th century consisting of 219 structures in the registry.

Population: 2,047
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $111,700 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $49,965 (Fifth best)
More on Shroyer Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,995
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $72,933 (25th best)
Median Income: $46,116 (Eighth best)
More on Hearthstone: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,418
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $125,600 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $67,218 (Third best)
More on Gateway: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 636
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $61,800 (35th best)
Median Income: $48,250 (Seventh best)
More on Princeton Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,715
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $78,570 (21st best)
Median Income: $34,948 (22nd best)
More on Belmont: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,355
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $79,800 (17th best)
Median Income: $48,437 (Sixth best)
More on Eastmont: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,302
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $183,400 (Third best)
Median Income: $17,019 (62nd best)
More on Oregon: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Dayton, OH Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Dayton, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 64 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Dayton." We're lookin' at you, Patterson Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Dayton, Ohio has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Dayton

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Dayton where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Dayton aren't all good. Highview Hills takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Dayton.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Dayton For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Patterson Park 1,469 $115,800 $65,515
2 Pheasant Hill 2,604 $163,800 $78,333
3 Dayton View Triangle 1,763 $77,250 $44,876
4 Shroyer Park 2,047 $111,700 $49,965
5 Hearthstone 1,995 $72,933 $46,116
6 Gateway 1,418 $125,600 $67,218
7 Princeton Heights 636 $61,800 $48,250
8 Belmont 9,715 $78,570 $34,948
9 Eastmont 2,355 $79,800 $48,437
10 Oregon 1,302 $183,400 $17,019
11 University Row 1,085 $74,100 $41,071
12 Forest Ridge-Quail Hollow 3,423 $119,850 $76,586
13 Downtown 1,658 $190,300 $26,157
14 University Park 9,408 $96,400 $44,028
15 Walnut Hills 4,770 $69,083 $33,424
16 Linden Heights 6,008 $68,833 $40,758
17 Mcpherson 399 $158,600 $40,202
18 Grafton Hill 1,404 $97,800 $24,966
19 Old Dayton View 1,125 $76,950 $31,540
20 Historic Inner East 2,479 $71,725 $37,476
21 Webster Station 717 $190,300 $26,157
22 South Park 1,701 $112,575 $28,116
23 College Hill 2,001 $61,150 $35,170
24 Kittyhawk 1,982 $84,867 $40,654
25 Northern Hills 1,706 $57,533 $33,292
26 Eastern Hills 4,568 $56,740 $35,794
27 Five Oaks 2,500 $48,350 $30,806
28 Germantown Meadows 1,663 $87,700 $39,874
29 Deweese 1,485 $84,500 $41,068
30 Northridge Estates 2,671 $102,825 $38,384
31 Fairlane 1,546 $79,000 $43,509
32 Springfield 2,862 $63,800 $34,497
33 Carillon 614 $54,500 $30,000
34 Burkhardt 4,329 $52,600 $22,256
35 Madden Hills 587 $59,400 $26,487
36 Wright View 4,230 $51,075 $30,502
37 Hillcrest 2,608 $67,075 $29,992
38 Cornell Heights 1,855 $49,200 $23,864
39 Fairview 1,624 $61,875 $27,606
40 Mount Vernon 677 $69,100 $25,312
41 Riverdale 1,039 $50,000 $19,321
42 Santa Clara 1,562 $51,550 $23,958
43 Five Points 565 $78,800 $18,190
44 Midtown 178 $70,700 $21,164
45 Old North Dayton 5,559 $55,567 $29,395
46 Wolf Creek 398 $78,800 $18,190
47 Twin Towers 2,880 $33,475 $19,908
48 North Riverdale 4,026 $44,560 $20,826
49 Philadelphia Woods 1,072 $68,400 $29,390
50 Arlington Heights 443 $18,850 $25,000
51 West Wood 5,107 $30,612 $23,023
52 Little Richmond 800 $55,300 $27,813
53 Southern Dayton View 2,229 $38,075 $30,431
54 Residence Park 4,110 $52,462 $21,562
55 Wesleyan Hill 1,459 $48,000 $19,481
56 Miami Chapel 1,549 $55,500 $18,528
57 Edgemont 1,644 $47,500 $22,528
58 Greenwich Village 2,365 $28,200 $24,679
59 Pineview 823 $39,750 $21,512
60 Mccook Field 789 $12,350 $24,773
61 Roosevelt 782 $26,500 $17,014
62 Lakeview 1,574 $5,850 $16,990
63 Stoney Ridge 1,554 $39,500 $17,984
64 Highview Hills 521 $39,500 $17,984

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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