Introduction to Dayton, Texas

Dayton, Texas, in Liberty county, is 22 miles N of Baytown, Texas (center to center) and 34 miles NE of Houston, Texas.

Dayton History

Dayton was originally a part of Liberty city which is located on the western bank of Trinity River and called West Liberty. Later its name was changed to Day's Town in the honor of C. Day, a local landlord. In 1860, a flag stop was constructed by the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and it came to be called Days Station, Dayton Station, or West Liberty. Rice became an important crop for the people of Dayton after James E. Berry arranged the construction of a drainage system. In 1911, Dayton was incorporated as a municipality. The population of the city has grown steadily since the 1990s.

Dayton and Nearby Attractions

  • Space Center Houston
  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • San Jacinto Monument and Museum
  • Sheldon Lake State Park
  • Battleship Texas State Historical Site

Things To Do In Dayton

The Battleship Texas State Historical Site features a 1912 battleship used during the First and Second World Wars. The Mission Control Center, Hangar X, and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility are displayed at the Space Center Houston. An air show is organized daily at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. The 2,800-acre Sheldon Lake State Park offers opportunities for fishing and canoeing. It also has an environmental education center. Biking, horseback riding, camping, and hiking may be enjoyed at the Lake Houston State Park.

Dayton Transportation

George Bush Intercontinental is the nearest airport.

Dayton Higher Education

San Jacinto College - North Campus, South Texas College of Law, and University of Houston - University Park are located near Dayton.


Total Population 7,413
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,334
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $63,011
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $753
Median House Value $114,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 8.8%

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

Dayton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles N of Baytown, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles NE of Houston, Texas
County Liberty
Standard Zip Codes 77535
Phone Area Codes 936
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.046
Longitude -94.885

Dayton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 57 to 81 F
Annual Precip 60.5 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 29 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dayton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Eastgate (77535)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ames 1,216 $36,429
Daisetta 738 $53,047
Hardin 854 $55,521

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

Dayton Public Libraries

Jones Public Library
Dayton, Texas
(936) 258-7060

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Dayton High Schools

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209 W HWY 90
Serves 1,419 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

209 W HWY 90
A Non-traditional School
Serves 4 students.

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