Thirty miles from Dayton is smaller Ohio neighbor Springfield. Together, the Ohio cities form a metropolitan statistical area ranked 91 out of 280 in median household income (2000 United States Bureau of the Census). Known as "America's Birthplace of Aviation," Dayton is host to a vibrant aeronautics and research industry, where many of its 166,179 Ohio residents find work. Springfield, with its 65,358 residents, is strategically located on Interstate 70, midway between Dayton and the Ohio state capital in Columbus.
Also known as "Gem City," Dayton was recently named a "Rust Belt Revival" by Infoworld magazine, citing its transformation from an industrial economy into one balanced by growth in information systems. Top employers include:
- Lockheed Martin
- PNC Bank
- US Investigation Services
- Marriott Hotels
By virtue of its crossroads Ohio location, Springfield boasts next-morning surface delivery to nearly 70 percent of the nation. It, too, has diversified. Top employers include:
- Navistar International
- The Assurant Group
- Honda of America
- The Kroger Co.
Dayton's per capita income is $31,387, 95% of the national average, while Springfield's per capita income weighs in at $28,094 -- 85% of the national average, reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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