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8 weird reasons why you should love the Dayton area

There are plenty of reasons why the Dayton area would make a great place to live.

With the good and bad recognition, the Dayton area has also made it into some pretty weird lists.

Here are eight lists including some that we’re not sure how we feel about making:

Smartest cities in Ohio ranked the largest 225 cities in Ohio starting with the smartest.

This list was created using the percentage of adults (over 25) who have received at least their high school diploma and the percentage of high school dropouts (ages 16-20) from the 255 Ohio cities chosen.

Springboro was the only school in the top ten and made it to the No. 9 spot.

One of the most happy compiled a list of 20 cities in this Midwestern state with the most smiles.

Cities were ranked based on seven specific categories with information from the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI Uniform Crime Report: restaurants, crime rate, commute, departure time, income, divorce rate and housing.

Four local cities made it into the top 20 positions: No. 1 Beavercreek, No. 7 Troy, No. 17. Centerville and No. 19 Lebanon.

Most exciting places

Movoto Real Estate mathematically calculated which places in Ohio were the most exciting and created a list of their top 100.

The criteria for this list: nightlife per capita, live music venues per capita, active life options per capita, fast food restaurants per capita, percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better), the percentage of residents aged 18 to 34 and population density.

Oxford came in in second place and Dayton at No. 22.

Miserable CitiesA dramatic cloud cover moved across the Dayton skyline. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Miserable cities was able to compile a list of the most miserable cities in the Buckeye State.

They took information from the Census’s American Community Survey 2010 - 2014 report for the criteria, which includes: percentage of residents with a college degree, average commute times, unemployment rates, cost of living, percent of married couples, percent of home owners and poverty rate.

Cincinnati, Dayton, Trotwood and Hamilton all made it into the top 20.

Drunkest cities

RoadSnacks website put together a list of the drunkest cities in Ohio.

Here is how the list was compiled: number of bars and pubs per capita, number of wineries per capita, number of liquor stores per capita, recent drunk tweets from each city and the divorce rate in each city.

Dayton claimed the No. 1 spot, but that may be because the Gem City has four major breweries.

Most eerie places in Ohio

Certain places can just give you the creeps, whether you believe in ghosts or not.

Ohio, and more specifically Dayton, has plenty of locations that can send chills down your spine.

Some places in Dayton that have people wondering if there is more than the living hanging around include The Amber Rose, The Air Force Museum and The Patterson House.

Click here to see the 10 most haunted places in Dayton.

Patterson HomesteadThe Patterson Homestead was built in the early 1800s and contains several noteworthy items throughout the sprawling property. (Source: LAUREN RINEHART/CONTRIBUTOR)

Ohio Cities that enjoy Marijuana

The legalization of Marijuana has been quiet the cause for discussion in recent years.

RoadSnack categorized the top 10 cities in Ohio that “enjoy reefer the most” using information like location of smoke shops, population that’s ages 19-24 and Taco Bell locations.

They also used Twitter as a guide, looking for tweets within a city’s general area that had users posting #stoned.

Athens and Youngstown topped the list and Dayton was not far behind at No. 3.

Cities best suited for hippies

HomeSnacks described a hippie as someone that enjoys yoga studios, organic markets and could possibly have a liberal point of view.

They ranked cities in Ohio using Google Places API, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey and voter registration.

The top five local cities included were Union, Oakwood, Moraine, Bellbrook and Riverside.


To see how Dayton ranks in other categories, click here.

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