Introduction to Vandalia, Ohio

Vandalia, Ohio, in Montgomery county, is 9 miles N of Dayton, Ohio (center to center) and 52 miles N of Cincinnati, Ohio. The city is included in the Dayton - Springfield metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,603 people lived in Vandalia.

Vandalia History

Benjamin Wilhelm, a settler from Pennsylvania, was headed to the city of Vandalia, located in Illinois, when he settled in this region of Ohio and named it after the Illinois city. This occurred in August of 1838 and gradually more people began to arrive in this place. Vandalia was incorporated as "The Village of Vandalia" on February 7, 1848. It was reincorporated as a Charter City of the State of Ohio on January 1, 1960.

Vandalia and nearby Attractions

  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
  • Vandalia Branch Library
  • Poplar Creek
  • Cassell Hills Municipal Golf Course
  • Art Van Atta Park

Things To Do In Vandalia

Travelers to Vandalia can visit the historic sites and museums including Paul Lawrence Dunbar House, Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm, and Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park commemorates the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright brothers. At the Dayton Art Institute, one can see collections of American, European, and Asian art. There are a number of industrial parks and business centers in the city also worth visiting. Among these are the Seventyfive North Industrial Park, the Poe Avenue Industrial Park, and the Dayton Center Business Park. The Taylorsville Reservoir, the Ohnoname 19 Reservoir, and the Poplar Creek are popular tourist destinations. In addition, one can also visit the shopping centers and amusement parks that offer a host of entertainment facilities.

Vandalia Transportation

James M. Cox Dayton International Airport provides air transportation facilities to residents of Vandalia.

Vandalia Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are available at Sinclair Community College, University of Dayton, and Wright State University-Main Campus.


Total Population 15,220
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,400
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 52.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.2%
Median Earnings25+ $36,290
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,295
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,924


Median Family Income $68,932
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $681
Median House Value $132,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19%
US/American 0%
English 10.4%
Irish 17.7%

Vandalia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles N of Dayton, Ohio (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles N of Cincinnati, Ohio
County Montgomery
Metro Area Dayton - Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 45377
Phone Area Codes 937
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.89
Longitude -84.198

Vandalia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 64 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 39.4 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches

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Location Population Median Family Income
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