Introduction to Dayton, Tennessee

Dayton, Tennessee, in Rhea county, is 35 miles NE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 109 miles SE of Nashville, Tennessee. The city has a population of 6,180.

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.


Total Population 7,316
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,433
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 42.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $27,286
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,059
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,432


Median Family Income $43,074
% Above Poverty Level 69.1%
% Below Poverty Level 30.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $542
Median House Value $107,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0%
English 13.2%
Irish 17.4%

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


  • 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
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 530 $63,750
Charleston 674 $48,542
Decatur 1,503 $33,594
Graysville 1,748 $24,191
Pikeville 2,047 $35,000

Dayton Public Libraries

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

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Dayton Hospitals

(423) 775-1121
Emergency Service: No

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