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Workforce Statistics

The Dayton MSA represents a population of just over 800,000, but that only shows part of the picture when it comes to our workforce. The MSA is only three of the region’s 12 counties. When you consider the Dayton Region’s lack of traffic congestion typical of other tier 1 metros, it’s easy to understand why our businesses routinely hire employees who live all over the Dayton Region, as well as from the neighboring metros of Cincinnati, Columbus and eastern Indiana. With average travel time at a mile a minute on our extensive and recently updated highway infrastructure, commute patterns show a ready, mobile workforce.

STEM Degrees

The Dayton Region has averaged about 3,000 degrees in STEM fields per year and an additional 300+ certificates.

  Population STEM Completions % of Population
Dayton Region 1,880,302 5,028 .27%
Ohio 11,628,254 27,997 .24%
United States 325,401,909 818,341 .25%

Source: 2018 Innovation Index

Dayton Region has been recognized as:

  • One of five affordable cities for engineers and recent grads to find jobs
  • One of 17 communities nationwide designated today as a Talent Hub by the Lumina Foundation for its collaborative efforts to increase college access and attainment as a way of “attracting, retaining, and cultivating talent.”
  • The Dayton Region ranked in Site Selection Magazine’s top 10 for job growth among cities of its size for 12 straight years, and 8 of those years in the top 3.
Forbes Magazine

4th largest concentration of engineers per capita

Top 10 city for engineering jobs

Business Facilities Magazine

5th among STEM leaders

3rd in the US for STEM job growth

Chart comparison of wages between Ohio and RTW states

Chart: Comparison of wages between Ohio and RTW states

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