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Overview

Introduction to Dayton, Tennessee

Dayton, Tennessee, in Rhea county, is 35 miles NE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 109 miles SE of Nashville, Tennessee.

Dayton History

Dayton is the county seat of Rhea County. Dayton was formerly known as Smith’s Crossroads. It was renamed Dayton in 1877 and officially incorporated in 1895. The famous Scopes Monkey Trial took place in Dayton in 1925. In 1890, construction of the Cincinnati-Chattanooga railroad, which ran through Dayton, was completed.

Dayton and nearby Attractions

  • Red Clay State Historical Park
  • Hiwassee River State Park
  • Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
  • South Cumberland Recreation Area
  • Burgess Falls State Park

Things To Do In Dayton

While in Dayton, one can visit parks like the Swinging Bridge Park, Point Park and the Dayton Municipal Park, which offer multiple opportunities for recreation. Churches in the area include the Mount Zion Baptist Church, the First United Methodist Church and the Grace Bible Church. The city celebrates the Scopes Trial Play & Festival every July and the Tennessee Strawberry Festival every May.

Dayton Transportation

Chatanooga Metropolitan Airport is nearby.

Dayton Higher Education

The local institution of higher education is Bryan College. Others nearby include Cleveland State Community College, Roane State Community College and Lee University.

People

Total Population 7,355
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,439
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 38.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,148
% Above Poverty Level 64.9%
% Below Poverty Level 35.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $562
Median House Value $108,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.7%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 15.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dayton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles NE of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles SE of Nashville, Tennessee
County Rhea
Standard Zip Codes 37321
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.493
Longitude -85.012

Dayton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station DAYTON 2 SE
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches
Station PIKEVILLE
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Station ROCKWOOD 2
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 60.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Calhoun 503 $57,143
Charleston 834 $50,250
Decatur 1,523 $38,977
Graysville 1,934 $32,500
Pikeville 2,018 $35,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dayton Public Libraries

Library
Clyde W. Roddy Public Library
371 FIRST AVENUE
Dayton, Tennessee
(423) 775-8406

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Dayton Hospitals

RHEA MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
7900 RHEA COUNTY HIGHWAY PO BOX 609
(423) 775-1121
Emergency Service: No

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